A TRANSFORMATIVE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE
Bishop Alexei will provide an introduction to a patristic understanding of the critical importance of giving in the Christian life, given its relationship to fasting and prayer, to the ways of repentance as well as to salvation as a whole. He will explore such questions as: Why is it considered the highest of virtues and greater than working miracles? Why psychologists (and the fathers) assert that giving is not simply an example of moral goodness, but also moral beauty? What are the spiritual reasons why deciding to give is difficult? What are the rational reasons why deciding to give is difficult? What is the role of fear in refusing to give and what is the role of faith in the willingness to do so? How do the fathers suggest that we change our mindset with respect to giving? What are some practical patristic suggestions to encourage giving? How does one give in a Christian manner? What is the transformation that takes place in Christian souls when they learn to give?
His Grace Bishop ALEXIS is a Great-schema hieromonk who returned from Greece to the United States on His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon’s invitation and with the blessing of his abbot, Archimandrite Philotheos, in order to serve the Orthodox Church in America. He was received into the Orthodox faith at the Monastery of Saint Tikhon where he became a monk and lecturer in patristics. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Greek at the University of Thessaloniki which was later published in Greek and English as “Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy”. He has also engaged in further studies in clinical psychology, but his chief work has been pastoral, building up the parish growing around the monastery and offering one-on-one assistance to those in need through the mystery of holy confession and counseling. On March 15, 2022, he was elected as Bishop of Sitka and Alaska and was enthroned at Saint Innocent Cathedral, in Anchorage.