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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

for Pastoral Health Care

On the topic “The Wound”

8-12 October 2014, Rhodes, Greece

(With the participation of representatives

 of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies)


    travma_synedrio.jpgOn 8 - 12 of October 2014, the 3rd International Conference of the Network of Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care was successfully held in Rhodes on the general theme: “The wound.” More than 235 participants, representatives of the local dioceses belonging spiritually and canonicaly to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of Europe and America, Canada and Australia, representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Cyprus and Greece, representatives of the Orthodox Theological Schools in Greece and abroad, representatives of the Orthodox Academy of Crete and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, took part in this conference. Furthermore, doctors, nurses and other priests and laity related to the pastoral health care of the patient in the sensitive field of health, were also participated. The conference was attended by representatives of the Vatican and the Council of European Churches. The Volos Academy for Theological Studies was represented by the members of its Training Team for Teachers of Religious Education, Mr. Apostolos Barlos (MTh, former Director of the Second Chance School of Larissa) and Mrs. Vassiliki Gogou (B.A., Theology and Philology).

The conference started with the service of the blessing of the waters which was celebrated by the Metropolitan of Rhodes Cyril. During the first day of the Conference the Coordinator of the Network of Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care Protopr. Stavros Kofinas spoke about the objectives of the Network, which was established in 2008 upon the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the blessing of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The Network includes permanent representatives of the dioceses belonging...

The 4th International NELCEE conference Vilnius, Lithuania, October 15-16, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

(With the participation and coordination of the academic associate of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Nikolaos Asproulis)



On 15-16 of October 2014, the 4th international conference, organized by the Network for Ecumenical Learning in Central and Eastern Europe (NELCEE) in cooperation with European Humanities University (EHU) and the Issa Institute was successfully held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The general topic of the conference was “Christian theology in a new key: Practical examples, Innovative models and modern challenges of the ecumenical learning and theology in Central and Eastern Europe. The case of the ‘Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism’ as a case study.”

During the first day of the conference the members of the network presented the recent results of their research on the theological learning and education from their respective contexts. The opening lecture was given by the guest speaker, Prof. Christo Lombaard (University of South Africa), an expert on theological education who, on the occasion of his presence due to his lecture series in the University of Vilnius, spoke on the topic “Theological Education in Africa: current issues and non-issues for cross-contextual comparison”. Laima Geikina (University of Riga, Latvia) spoke then on “The place of practice in the studies of Theology. Ecumenical aspects”, while Alexei Bodrov (St. Andrew’s Orthodox Biblical Institute, Moscow, Russia), presented a paper on the “Problems and challenges of theological education in Russia”. Stefan Constantinescu (Institute for Ecumenical Studies, University of Fribourg, Switzerland) spoke on the “Evolutions in confessional, ecumenical and...

Η οικονομική κρίση και ο ανέξοδος ριζοσπαστικός λόγος - Άρθρο στην εφημερίδα ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ PDF Print E-mail
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Orthodox and Evangelicals engaged in missional dialogue PDF Print E-mail

2014 Lausanne-Orthodox Consultation

Tirana, September, 15-19 2014


(With the participation of the academic member of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies Mrs Katerina Pekridou)


(Excerpt from the official communiqué)



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