Dr. Kenworthy will give Schmemann Lecture

Scott Kenworthy, an associate professor in Miami's Department of Comparative Religion, has been invited to deliver the 35th annual Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, in New York. Dr. Kenworthy will deliver his lecture on January 30, as part of an academic convocation in connection with the seminary's graduation ceremony.

The topic of Dr. Kenworthy's lecture is "St. Tikhon of Moscow (1865–1925) and the Orthodox Church in North America and Revolutionary Russia." Tikhon led the Russian Orthodox communities in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1917, he was elected to be the first Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church since the 1700s. He was imprisoned by the Bolshevik government.

Dr. Kenworthy is a specialist in the history of Russian Orthodoxy. His book The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825 was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and won a prize from the American Society of Church History. Dr. Kenworthy's Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's seminary will draw on research he has been doing for a forthcoming biography of Tikhon. Dr. Kenworthy is an alumnus of the seminary, where he received his M.A. in 1996.