Woodstock minister to lead lecture series at Berry College
by the Cherokee Tribune staff
October 03, 2009 01:00 AM | 1005 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Rev. Father Frederick Watson, priest and administrator of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Mission in Woodstock, will speak as part of Berry College's Cultural Events Series this month.

He will present the three-part series, "An Introduction to Eastern Orthodox Christianity," at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Oct. 15 and 22 in the Rome college's Science Auditorium. Admission is free.

The three lectures will cover the major differences between Western (Protestant and Roman Catholic) Christianity and Eastern (Orthodox) Christianity.

"Many people do not know anything about the roots of Christianity in the East," Watson said. "I hope to enlighten and broaden their view of the Christian faith, and present a look at traditional Christianity that is both engaging and persuasive."

The three lectures will be "Christian History," "Thinking Theologically," and "Spirituality."

Born and raised a Protestant himself, Watson converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in 2003, and was ordained an Orthodox priest in 2007. He had been ordained as a Lutheran pastor and later as an Episcopal priest before becoming Orthodox.

"I have always considered myself an orthodox Christian, but was not well-accepted by the more liberal Lutheran and Episcopal churches," he said. "I am at home in Orthodox Christianity."

Watson was appointed priest of St. Elizabeth Mission in 2008 by His Eminence Metropolitan Bishop Nicholas of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese in Johnstown, Penn.

Watson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages from Concordia College in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. Other post-graduate work he completed includes a Master of Sacred Theology degree in New Testament from Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, Penn., work in the doctoral program of Christian origins at the University of Pennsylvania and a program in Orthodox Studies at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania.

St. Elizabeth Orthodox Mission in Woodstock meets for Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 am in the chapel of Woodstock Funeral Home at 8855 Main St. while its new building is under construction. For information, call (770)?485-0504.
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