Armenian Perspective on Human Sexuality

A successful dinner-lecture held at the Bishop’s House

Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian delivered a most interesting lecture on the theological, sacramental and socio-cultural perceptions of human sexuality, especially as it’s reflected in the wedding service of the Armenian Church.

The dinner-lecture was part of the diocesan program, which presents discussions of contemporary social and ethical issues. The program is curated by Dr. Tchilingirian to present issues of concern for young professionals and members of the larger Armenian community.

In the introductory part of the lecture, Dr Tchilingirain presented the Biblical, patristic and canonical background of the issue. He then provided an analysis of the wedding service and how sexuality is presented within the context of marriage.  The concluding part focused on a discussion of the “Armenian understanding” of sexuality.

Dr Tchilingirain is a sociologist and a leading scholar of issues in modern Armenian studies.  He is Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, with a particular interest in Middle East and Armenian studies. He also directs the Armenian Diaspora Survey, a multi-country research project, studying public opinion in the Diaspora, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and administered under the auspices of the Armenian Institute. Dr Tchilingirian has lectured internationally and is the author of numerous studies and publications (see www.hratch.info).  Besides his academic career, Dr. Tchilingirian has held executive positions in various organizations and has served communities for over three decades in various leadership positions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He continues to be very active in civic and professional projects.