INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHRISTIAN-ORTHODOX THEOLOGY (2020)

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

CHRISTIAN-ORTHODOX THEOLOGY IN THE 21st CENTURY. CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES

The Congress is postponed until May 2021 due to concerns regarding coronavirus. Exact dates will be released shortly.

The School of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.) and the National Library of Greece are co-organsing an International Congress of Christian-Orthodox Theology in Athens from 4th to 10th May 2020 under the aegis of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece.

Following the previous International Theological Congresses held in Athens during the 20th century (1936 and 1976), the aim of this Congress is to highlight the multi-faceted issues and problems preoccupying Christian-Orthodox theology on a planetary, pan-Orthodox, scale in the 21st century. 

On Monday, May 4th 2020, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, will deliver the Opening Address of the Congress at the Great Hall of the historic Central Building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In the following days, a plethora of Christian-Orthodox academic theologians and preeminent ecclesiastical figures from Greece and abroad, will participate as keynote speakers in the main sessions and workshops of the Conference, which will take place at the National Library of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). On Thursday, May 7th 2020, speakers of the Conference are warmly invited to opt in a guided tour to the archaeological site of Delphi and the Holy Monastery of Hosios Loukas (Steiri, Boeotia). The closing ceremony of the international Congress will take place on Saturday, May 9th 2020, at the Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum in the presence of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Hieronymos II.

Many personalities of international theological calibre will also join the Conference as Observers representing other Christian churches and denominations. Leading thematics that, inter alia, will concern the Congress are about (i) the relation between church, theology, academia and contemporary theological methodology and hermeneutics, (ii) the relation of Christian-Orthodox theology with current theological trends, as well as with contemporary philosophy, culture, literature and art, (iii) the interdisciplinary dialogue with particular focus on the natural sciences and new technologies, (iv) the place of theology in the public sphere and in modern pluralistic societies, (v) problems of ecclesiastical unity of local Christian-Orthodox Churches and their common witness in the modern world, (vi) aspects and issues of interchristian dialogue, (vii) the phenomena of fundamentalism and ethnophyletism and finally, (viii) the priorities of Christian Orthodox Theology in the 21st century in terms of reimagining and reconfiguring theological studies. 

Also at the National Library of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), and parallel to the main sessions of the Congress, an interactive iconography workshop will be offered throughout the conference, alongside seven (7) more workshops with the following themes: (i) "Reviving Conciliarity: The witness of Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church", (ii) "At Source: Research, Documentation and Utilization of Historical Monuments and Sources of Christian-Orthodox Theology", (iii) "Dilemmas of Biotechnology and Bioethics", (iv) "Questions of Liturgical Worship and Typikon within the Orthodox Church", (v) "'Blessed are the Peacemakers': Building bridges of communication and peaceful coexistence among religious communities through education, dialogue and the local community", (vi) "Theology in the face of Ecological, Refugee and Economic Crises", and (vii) "Theological Education in Orthodoxy and the World today".

Both the opening and closing ceremonies of the International Congress are enriched with musical and artistic events performed by outstanding solists and ensembles.

Further information regarding the programme, main sessions, parallel workshops, cultural events and overall essentials of the International Congress "Christian-Orthodox Theology in the 21st Century. Challenges and Perspectives" is kindly available on its official website ic2020.theol.uoa.gr.

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