INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHRISTIAN-ORTHODOX THEOLOGY (2020)

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

The School of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.) and the National Library of Greece are co-organizing 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 Conferences 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 pan-Orthodox level during the 21st century. 

On 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, Christian-Orthodox academic theologians and preeminent ecclesiastical figures from Greece and abroad, will participate as keynote speakers in the sessions of the Conference, which are going to be held at the National Library of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). On 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 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 theological personalities of international 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 reorganizing theological studies. 

Also at the National Library of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), and parallel to the main proceedings of the Congress, an interactive iconography workshop will be offered throughout the conference, alongside seven more workshops specializing in (i) the renewal of synodality in light of the recent Holy and Great Synod, (ii) the study and utilization of historic monuments and sources of Christian Orthodox theology, (iii) dilemmas of biotechnology and bioethics, (iv) issues about the renewal of worship and the liturgical typikon, (v) interreligious dialogue, religious communities and their peacefull coextistence from local and global perspectives, (vi) Christian-Orthodox theology and ecological, refugee and economic crises, as well as (vii) issues regarding religious / theological education in Orthodox Christianity and the rest of the Christian world today. 

Both commencement and conclusion ceremonies of the International Congress will be enriched by  musical events performed by outstanding musical and artistic ensembles.