An Eastern Orthodox Christian nun will be visiting Lawrence next week to give the public an introduction to the religion's heritage of prayer and monastic contemplation.
Mother Cassiana, who leads a monastery in Colorado, will offer a free lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday in room 211 of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. The event is sponsored by the St. Laurence Orthodox Christian Fellowship, which meets each Monday night at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread.
"The opportunity for the public to hear about Orthodox spirituality from a practicing nun is extremely rare," said the Rev. John Mack, chaplain of the St. Laurence fellowship and pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka.
Cassiana will speak about the mystical spirituality that separates the traditions of the Eastern Christian church from their Western counterparts.
First brought to North America in the 1700s when Russians settled in Alaska, Mack said Eastern Orthodoxy is the fastest-growing Christian faith in America today. There are currently about six million followers in the United States and 300 million worldwide.
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