Meet | Fr. Vazken Movsesian
Fr. Vazken Movsesian is a priest of the Armenian Church. For the past 32 years he has melded the most ancient traditions and practices of Armenian Orthodoxy with contemporary themes to bring about the promise of peace. He is the child of Genocide survivors and understands the importance of transformation to facilitate the healing process. His work has taken him to Rwanda and Armenia to study the processes of survival via the implementation of the very basic human precepts of faith, hope and love.
Fr. Vazken is an innovator. His first parish was in the dawning Silicon Valley (1982-1996). There he pastored the established and pastored the St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino, California, next to the growing Apple Computer campus. Fr. Vazken established the first electronic bulletin board system, SAIN (1988) dedicated to the free flow of information about Armenian Orthodoxy and Genocide studies. Since that time, he has pioneered the use of modern technology to bring the message of hope and love to the world, via videos and electronic sermons. In 2000, with a grant by Japonica Partners, he broadcast the Divine Liturgy for the first time on the Internet. Since then he has had a steady stream of lessons, open forums and electronic classroom sessions designed to promote social change via patterns of love and non-violence.
In 2003 he established the In His Shoes organization as a response to Genocide. It is his commitment that those who have suffered evil have a unique responsibility to take action against injustice to others. Based on Christ’s principles of love, compassion and repaying evil with good as expressed in Armodoxy In His Shoes challenges people to find the terms which define us as a human race, namely in the language of understanding and compassion.
Currently he heads the St. Peter Armenian Church & Youth Ministries’ Center in Glendale, California, where he works with immigrant families from war-torn countries, adjusting to the difficulties of resettlement. In 2008, along with Suzie Shatarevyan, he began broadcasting weekly videos and podcasts with a message of hope to a world-wide audience on the Epostle.net site. The flagship “Next Step with Fr. Vazken” is currently heard and followed on six continents, eliciting a growing response for social responsibility by practicing love, compassion, forgiveness and striving for peace.
A personal statement, where Fr. Vazken shares his vision for his ministry and faith in a blog. http://wp.me/p5vskP-DC
In celebrating his 30th Anniversary into the Priesthood a very special evening of reflection