ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΩΝ, ΙΕΡΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΙΚΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΙΚΩΝ ΜΕΛΕΤΩΝ "ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ ΠΑΝΤΕΛΕΗΜΩΝ ΠΑΠΑΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ¨
Εκδηλώσεις του Κέντρου
ΧΑΙΡΕΤΙΣΜΟΣ Προς τους οργανωτές και μετέχοντες του διεθνούς συνεδρίου με θέμα: Eastern Orthodoxy and Inter-Religious Encounter in a Secular Age (Ανατολική Ορθοδοξία και διαθρησκειακές σχέσεις στο σύγχρονο κόσμο) Thessaloniki, September 12, 2017 Your Eminence, President of the Volos Academy Dear colleagues from both the co-organizing institutions, Dear participants of the Conference, Sisters and brothers in Christ.
On behalf of the Honorary President, His Eminence Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Mgr. Anthimos and all the members of the Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metropolitan Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES), I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, a pioneer Orthodox institution promoting the dialogue with the secular world, as well as the University of Exeter, for organizing this conference. Given the affirmation of the Orthodox engagement in the interfaith dialogues, expressed at the highest conciliar level of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but also the “paradigm shift” in world mission toward on “inter-faith dialogue”, and in particular on the basis of a theological contribution by the Orthodox, the articulation of an Orthodox "theology of religions" constitutes a responsibility of the Orthodox academic community to the Orthodox Church. These ideas were expressed at the final communique of a similar academic symposium – though confined only to the Greek speaking theological resources – held in Thessaloniki four years ago. The general conclusion of this symposium was that both in the Bible and in the Patristic tradition there are elements that present the other religions as human constructions, but there are also other testimonies that while recognize Christ as the unique Savior of the world and his church as the ark of salvation, they accept the saving presence of God beyond the boundaries of the Church. From a theological perspective, and especially within the frame of the Orthodox tradition, it was argued that a synthesis of the two positions is possible; after all they constitute equally substantial elements of our Christian faith. For this reason any Orthodox formulation of a theology of religions should be based on the catholicity of the Christian tradition and not on selective elements that in most cases reflect personal phobias and ideological conservative or liberal perceptions. The inter-faith dialogue is also a sine-qua-non in ours Church’s witness to the gospel, if our ecumenical efforts do not aim at an anti-modern front but at working hand by hand with the faithful of other religions and beliefs instead of fighting one another, thus enormously contributing to a tolerant, peaceful, just, and sustainable society. Its final conclusion was that from the viewpoint of Orthodox theology a "theology of religions" is possible, feasible, but also legitimate; it requires however further scientific theological investigation. And we hope and pray that this present endeavour will cover this need. Congratulating you again for your invaluable theological contribution we wholeheartedly wish you and all the participants the wisdom from above and a success in your efforts.
Petros Vassiliadis Prof. Emeritus of the University of Thessaloniki President of CEMES (www.cemes-en.weebly.com)
Προετοιμασία του αγγλόφωνου μεταπτυχιακού προγράμματος του CEMES
Παρουσίαση του έργου ενός διακεκριμένου Ορθόδοξου ειρηνιστή, του Jim Forest
Humble Theological Contribution to our Orthodox Church on Her Way to the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council: A research project in three parts for the period December 2014 - March 2016
A. International Conference on DEACONESSES, ORDINATION OF WOMEN AND ORTHODOX THEOLOGY
The conference is dedicated to Prof. Evangelos Theodorou, emeritus professor and former Rector of the University of Athens. The official inaugural part of the conference, honouring prof. Theodorou, will take place in Athens early in December 2014 to commemorate the 60 years of Orthodox theological investigation on the issue, whereas the main scientific part late in January 2015, and will be hosted by the Church of Cyprus.
B. International post-graduate/post-doctoral Seminar on THE WAY TO THE 2016 PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL: PRE-HISTORY, THEMES AND PROCEEDURAL PRINCIPLES TOWARD THE UNITY OF ORTHODOXY
It will be conducted by Profs. Rev. Emmanuel Clapsis of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School, Boston, and George Martzelos and Stylianos Tsompanidis of CEMES and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
C. International Seminar and Symposium on ORTHODOXY AND INTER-CHRISTIAN AND INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE: HISTORY, DIFFICULTIES AND PROSPECTS FOR “THE UNION OF ALL”
A series of lectures by renowned Orthodox theologians from different ecclesiastical jurisdictions, an International Seminar, in both digital and conventional form, to be conducted in the premises of CEMES , and a concluding inter-Orthodox Symposium, on . The various events will be conducted with the final and concluding symposium scheduled on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 20 of the year 2016 by all high-ranking academics of CEMES with the co-operation of ecumenical centers and academies from both Greece and abroad, by all high-ranking academics of CEMES with the co-operation of ecumenical centers and academies from both Greece and abroad,
Στα Βήματα του Πατριάρχη & του Μητρ. Παντελεήμονα. Με την ευκαιρία της συνάντησης Πάπα - Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη για τα 50 χρόνια από την συνάντηση του 1964
Εκδήλωση μνήμης για τον Μητρ. Παντελεήμονα και τους συνεργάτες του ιερομόναχους π. Ιάκωβο Παυλάκη, π. Κωνσταντίνο Βαμβίνη, π. Πολύκαρπο Μαντζάρογλου, π.
Γρηγορίου Μιχαηλίδη και π. Ιακώβου Παντελίδη