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International Conference in Bose on the history of the ecumenical movement PDF Print E-mail

(With the participation of the academic associate of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies,

Georgios Vlantis, M.Th.)




On November 26-28, 2014 an international conference was held in the well known monastery of Bose (North Italy) on the general theme: “Historicizing Ecumenism”. Theologians and historians from all over Europe enjoyed the excellent accommodation of the visionary monastic community, particpated in its inspired liturgical life and investigated, using modern analytical tools, diverse aspects of the ecumenical movement. Systematic and general theoretical problems of ecumenical theology, various landmarks of the process towards the Christian unity, the contribution of important figures of the inter-Christian dialogue towards the overcoming of the obstacles to the full communion of the Christian Churches were carefully studied, contributing new elements to the scholarship, highlighting the achievements as well as exploring the challenges and the obstacles that the Ecumenical Movement faces nowadays.

The conference was organized by the “Fondezione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII” under the responsibility of Professor Alberto Melloni (Reggio Emilia/Bologna). Among the participants were: Jürgen Miethke (Heidelberg), “Einheit der Kirche” in spatmittelalterlicher Ekklesiologie - ein Probierstein fur die Ökumene heute, Cyril Hovorun (Yale), Theological Languages of Ecumenical Convergences, Theresia Hainthaler (Frankfurt a. M.), Christologische Dialoge mit den Kirchen des Ostens, Enzo Bianchi (Abbot of the Bose monastic community), Un bilancio dellecumenismo oggi. Una prospettiva monastica, Adalberto Mainardi (Bose) – Matthias Wirz (Bose), Œcuménisme et expériences monastiques au XXeme siecle, Silvia Scatena (Reggio Emilia/Louvain-la-Neuve), Internationale, interconfessionnelle, œcuménique. La Communauté de Taize et l'Eglise Reformée de France: l'’affaire’ des frères pasteurs, Peter De Mey (Leuven), The Catholic Conference for Ecumenical Questions’ Immediate Preparation of the Renewal of Catholic Ecclesiology at Vatican II: An Analysis of the...

International Conference on Theological Education, Minsk, Belarus November, 21-22, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

(with the participation of the academic associate of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Nikolaos Asproulis)



On November, 21-22, 2014 an international conference, organized by Center for the Study of Contemporary Religiosity (CSCR), Cultural and Educational Institution ‘Center Ecumena' (Belarus) in cooperation with Advocates Europe (Republic of Bulgaria) and the Initiative FORB (Belarus) was successfully held in Minsk, Belarus on the general theme: "Theological education in Europe and Belarus in the context of freedom of religion". The conference discussed different questions related to the legal status and institutional (organizational-legal) forms of theological educational institutions, the international cooperation of theological educational institutions in Belarus and Europe, the interfaith cooperation in the framework of theological education etc.  Among the participants were Lachezar Popov "Theological Education in Bulgaria", Sergei Golovashchenko "Theological Education in Ukraine: a view of religion", Andrew Znosko "The legal status of the Higher Seminary of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus", Miroslaw Kalinowski. "Theological Education in Poland: the relationship with the humanities and social needs", Natalia Kutuzova "Catholic University in Slovakia: the experience of theological training of personnel", Pavel Osenenko "Minsk Theological Seminary (Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists), and freedom of religion", Natallia Vasilevich "System of pastoral and secular Orthodox theological education in Belarus" etc. The Volos Academy for Theological Studies was represented by its academic associate Nikolaos Asproulis, MA, who spoke on the topic "The Theological Education in Greece and the challenges posed by the Volos Academy's agenda: The necessity of a paradigm-shift"

To read the abstract of Nikolaos Asproulis paper, please click here .

"The Orthodox Church of Greece and the Economic Crisis" - Video and Text PDF Print E-mail

of Lecture which given H.E. Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias in LSE




We would like to inform you that, in the website of the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics you can find the transcript and the video of the Public Lecture which given by His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias that took place on November 12th, 2014 under the title "The Orthodox Church of Greece and the Economic Crisis".


To read the text click here and watch the video please click here.

The 5th International Conference of DELM network in Sibiu, Romania PDF Print E-mail

(With the participation of the academic associate

of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Nikolaos Asproulis)


    On 12-15 of November, 2014 an international conference, organized by the Development of Ecumenical Leadership in Mission Network (DELM) in cooperation with the St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute (Moscow, Russia) and the Institute of Ecumenical Research (Sibiu, Romania) with the support of ICCO - Kerk in Actie (Utrecht, Netherlands) was successfully held in Sibiu on the general topic “Theology of the Holy Spirit: Personal Experience and charismatic movements in contemporary Churches.” Various University professors, scholars and theologians from different Christian Traditions and confessions met together in order to reflect on questions such as: How much room do traditional churches (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) give to personal (religious) experience and experiences of the Spirit?, how do they relate to charismatic movements within their own churches and to Pentecostal churches?, or is it possible to reconcile traditional church teaching about the Holy Spirit...

The Public Lecture delivered by His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias PDF Print E-mail

at the London School of Economics

on the “Orthodox Church of Greece and the Economic Crisis”





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On November 12th a Public Lecture, organized by the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics (LSE), was delivered by His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias, on the theme “The Orthodox Church of Greece and the Economic Crisis”. The Metropolitan was introduced by the Director of the Hellenic Observatory Professor Kevin Featherstone, who also moderated the event. In his brief introduction, Professor Featherstone pointed out the relevance and the difficulty of the topic highlighting the important work that is performed by the Metropolis of Demetrias and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. Historically a central pole of national identity, the way in which the Orthodox Church of Greece is impacted by Greece’s economic crisis and how it responds to it, is of major importance to the nation’s public and social affairs. In his lecture, Metropolitan Ignatius, after briefly describing the tragic consequences of the economic crisis on the lives of the Greek people and outlining some basic aspects of the different theo-political understanding offered by the Church, he described some specific actions that the Church has implemented from the beginning of the crisis in response to the urgent needs and challenges of the people, while he did not avoid a sincere attitude of self-criticism for the “wrongs” which, unfortunately, found their way even into the body of the Church. In the end, Metropolitan Ignatius mentioned the new challenges brought about by the current crisis that the Orthodox Church in a spirit of dialogue is called to address, including, among others, the issue of the Church’s role in the Greek public sphere and the alternative ways to staff parishes and pay the clergy.




 Apart from the personnel of the Hellenic Observatory, the University Professors and several students, Bishop Athanasios of Tropaia (representing His Eminence Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Gregorios - Ecumenical Patriarchate), the Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet Jonathan Goodall, Bishop Doyé Agama, Director of the

Conference on Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh PDF Print E-mail
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The Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation organizes on November 15-16, 2014, an International Centenary Conference about the person and the life of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh. The conference will take place at King’s College, London.


“The Glory of God is a Man Fully Alive” (St Irenaeus of Lyons)


These words of St Irenaeus, quoted so often by Metropolitan Anthony, speak of a fullness of life which he himself never ceased trying to live. He spoke of it in many different ways — as the “radiance of God” which shines through a person who has reached the full potential of his being. He himself had in great measure this fearless plenitude of life, and the gift of inspiring others to seek it. But he was in no doubt about the courage and daring, the transparency and human vulnerability needed to attain it. And he urged that what it required of us above all was to be human.


With these thoughts in mind the “Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation” has organized this Conference, the sixth in Western Europe to be held in his memory, celebrating the centenary of his birth. We will look at his spiritual and theological vision and teaching.


The Foundation is a body of independent trustees whose task is to collect together, publish and make known the writings, recordings and films which make up Metropolitan Anthony’s legacy — a body of work which spoke not only to his own



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