The Seven Ecumenical Councils: Trinity, Christ, and Creation

Date(s) - 03/23/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


The Seven Ecumenical Councils: Trinity, Christ, and Creation
Twelfth W.A. Welsh Seminar
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Bryce Rich, Assistant Professor of Theology, Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

In the fourth through the eighth centuries, a series of hotly debated questions arose within the Christian community regarding the nature of God, the person of Christ, and the relationship between the Creator and the creation. With no less at stake than the salvation of the world, Christians championed various responses. Under the authority of the Roman Empire, bishops from the far reaches of the Christian world repeatedly gathered to hammer out Church teaching. With the power of the state, they defined both orthodoxy and heresy. In this series of presentations, we will explore the early questions that inspired Christian teachings on the Trinity, the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, and the veneration of icons. For each of the councils, we will explore what was at stake for the participants and how their responses have shaped the Church.

Bryce E. Rich is Assistant Professor of Theology and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Brite Divinity School. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research interests include theological anthropology, 20th-century theologians of the Russian diaspora, and sacramentology. As a theologian, his desire is to see work in each of these areas enrich the life of the Church. As a scholar, he writes for multiple publics in hopes of fostering understanding and building bridges across society’s many divides. As a teacher, he helps his students to explore a variety of theological viewpoints, challenging them to push the limits of their thinking and to find their own theological voices. Rich is currently writing a book on patristic and contemporary discussions of gender and biological sex in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.