Nicholas Denysenko serves as Emil and Elfriede Jochum Professor and Chair at Valparaiso University. He previously taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (2010-2017). Denysenko is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. in Business, 1994), St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2000), and The Catholic University of America (Ph.D., 2008). His most recent books are The People’s Faith: The Liturgy of the Faithful in Orthodoxy (Rowman and Littlefield), and The Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Century of Separation (Northern Illinois University Press). He is a deacon of the Orthodox Church in America, ordained in 2003.

Church Renewal and Music, Yesterday and Today

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a series of economic and political challenges faced Russia. Economic development, industrialization, and the enlightenment challenged many of Russia’s traditional core beliefs and institutions. In the midst of this turbulence, Church leaders drew from a fountain of creativity to rejuvenate Church life and equip the ordinary believer to engage the world. This presentation will show how music contributed to the renewal of the Church in Russia and beyond her borders, and how the movement for renewal remains alive and well today.

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