Addiction and the Person: A Psychological and Theological Approach – Fr Vasileios Thermos

Delivered at a retreat of the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute of the Western American Diocese Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, February 13-16, 2017, Psychology in the Service of God held at St George Serbian Orthodox Church, San Diego, CA. Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, MD, PhD is a priest of the Church of Greece. Together with his priestly ministry in Athens, he is a practicing psychiatrist, and is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the University Ecclesiastical Academy in Athens. The author of many books and articles, he offers spiritually provocative and clinically informed programs and retreats in Greece, the United States, Albania,, and Cyprus. HIs insights into the fields of theology and psychology are combined with a strong undercurrent in psychoanalytic thought. He has been a priest since 1986 in the Diocese of Viotia near Athens, Greece; Ph.D. from the Theological School of Athens University; Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School, Boston College, and Andover Newton Theological School (USA), Member of the Church of Greece’s Committee on Marriage and Family. He taught at the seminary of the Orthodox Church of Albania.


St. Herman’s Seminary – Lecture on Addictions –

Here is the first lecture from my visit to St. Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. This was given as part of a series of presentations at the seminary through their new program: http://addictions.sthermanseminary.org/ . The St. Dimitrie Program in Cluj, Romania, under OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz is now forming an extension of the program to minister to the Diocese of Alaska. In this lecture, I introduce how the human mind operates and the groundwork for developing addiction. For more information on the work at St. Herman’s Seminary and general information on Orthodox Christianity and addictions recovery, please visit my blog: http//orthodoxyandrecovery.blogspot.com

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Fr. Meletios Webber on Orthodox Psychotherapy & Addiction

During ROCOR’s annual Winter Pastoral Conference held on December 6-8th, Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Abbot of St. John of Shanghai Monastery in Manton, CA, gave a keynote address to the Eastern American Diocese on the topics of psychotherapy, addiction and hesychasm.


Psychology To Orthodox Spirituality: A Talk By Abbot Jonah Paffhausen (Now Metropolitan Jonah)

Fr. Jonah (Paffhausen) of the Orthodox Church of America covers many enlightening topics including prayer and the path to prayer. He grounds ‘the path to prayer’ on three basic spiritual principles: Do not resent, do not react, keep inner stillness. These principles are considered the summation of the Orthodox path. Fr. Jonah was the former Abbot and Hieromonk of the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, in Manton, California at the time that the talk was recorded


“Confession and Depression: Finding the True Self in Christ,” by Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer)

Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon’s Monastery gave a talk at St. Luke parish in McLean, VA on Saturday evening, February 7th on the topic “Confession and Depression: Finding the True Self in Christ”. The day before he gave a talk on “Ten Minute Spirituality for a Modern World,” which you can view here: http://youtu.be/kniN9eViB5I


Fr John Behr speaks on the theme of “Becoming Human”

Fr. John Behr’s book “Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image” at SVS Press STS Press or Amazon .


Becoming Human – Fr. John Behr (Talk 1 of 4)

On October 17 & 18, 2014, the Very Rev. Dr. John Behr led a weekend seminar on “Death and Becoming Human” at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Salem, MA.

Knowing Christ through the Scriptures – Fr. John Behr (Talk 2 of 4)

Very Rev. Dr. John Behr led a weekend seminar on “Death and Becoming Human” at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Salem, MA.



Male and Female – Fr. John Behr (Talk 3 of 4)

Virgin Mother – Fr. John Behr (Talk 4 of 4)