18.00 - 18.30 Registration

Session I

Moderator: Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis

Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies


18.30 - 18.45 Opening - Greetings

18.45 - 19.00 Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans , Dean, Faculty of Evangelical Theology, Münster University, Director of the Seminar of Systematic Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Theology of his Faculty

Opening Remarks

19.00 - 19.30 Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides , Professor, Erfurt University,

Orthodox Christianity in the Context of Postcolonial Studies

19.30 - 20.00 Dr. Atanas Slavov , Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Sofia University,

Constitutional Tradition and Orthodoxy: Values and Concepts

20.00 - 20.30 Discussion

20.30 Dinner





Session II

Moderator: Dr. Vassiliki Yiakoumaki

Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly

09.00 - 09.30 Rev. Dr. Filotheos-Fotios Maroudas , Advisory Board Member at Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Priest of the St. Apostles Greek Orthodox Parish, Dortmund (Germany),

Concept and Theological Context of Byzantine “Synallelia” (“Symphonia”)

09.30 - 10.00 Dr. Alfons Brüning , Professor at Protestant Theological University Amsterdam, Chair of “Orthodoxy, Human Rights, Peace Studies,”

The Tsarist System

10.00 - 10.30 Dr. Ina Merdjanova , Visiting Professor at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations & Senior Researcher and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin,

Orthodoxy under Pressure: Ottoman, Communist and Post-Communist Contexts

10.30 - 11.30 Discussion

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee - break


Session III

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Amphilochios Miltos

Research Associate, Volos Academy for Theological Studies

12.00 - 12.30 Dr. Nathaniel Wood , Associate Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, New York,

Orthodoxy and Democracy in Russian Religious Philosophy

12.30 - 13.00 Dr. Branko Seculić , Lecturer at the University Centre for Protestant Theology Matthias Flacius Illyricus in Zagreb,

Orthodoxy and Democracy in Serbian Theology and Thought

13.00 - 13.30 Dr. Lucian Turcescu , Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Orthodoxy and Democracy in Romanian Theology

13.30 - 14.30 Discussion

14.30 - 16.00 Lunch


Session IV

Moderator: Dr. Anne Käfer

Professor of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Evangelical Theology, Münster University

Director, Seminar for Reformed Theology

16.00 - 16.30 Dr. Dimitrios Moschos , Assoc. Professor, Department of Theology, Athens University,

The History of the Idea of Democracy in Contemporary Greek Orthodox Theology

16.30 - 17.00 Fadi Nasr , Secretary General, Orthodox Youth Movement of the Patriarchate of Antioch (MJO), Beirut, Lebanon,

Orthodoxy and Democracy in Antiochean Theology and Thought

17.00 - 17.30 Rev. Dr. K. M. George , Director of the Sopana Orthodox Academy in Kottayam, Kerala, India,

Orthodoxy and Democracy in Oriental Orthodox Thought

17.30 - 18.30 Discussion

18.30 - 19.00 Coffee - break


Session V

Moderator: Dr. Aikaterini Tsalambouni

Associate Professor of New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of the Board of Directors of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies

19.00 - 19.30 Dr. Svetoslav Riboloff , Professor, Faculty of Theology, “St Clement of Ochrid” Sofia University,

Church and State in the Orthodox World Today and the Challenges of the Global Age

19.30 - 20.00 Rev. Dr. Cyril Hovorun , Assistant Professor, Marymount Loyola University Los Angeles, and Director, Huffington Ecumenical Institute, California,

Pseudomorphosis as Political Theology in Fr Georges Florovsky

20.00 - 20.30 Discussion

20.30 Dinner




Session VI

Moderator: Dr. Herman J. Silderhuis,

President, European Academy of Religion

Rector, Theological University of Apeldoorn (The Netherlands)

09.30 - 10.00 Georgios Vlantis , MTh, Director, Council of Christian Churches in Bavaria, and Research Associate, Volos Academy for Theological Studies,

Orthodox Theology and Modernity/Postmodernity, Secularization/Post-Secularization

10.00 - 10.30 Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis , Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies; Lecturer, Hellenic Open University and the University of Thessaly; Research Fellow; KU Leuven; Member of the Executive Committee, European Academy of Religion,

Balkan and Eastern European Ethno-theology: Historical and Theological Approach

10.30 - 11.00 Discussion

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee - break


Session VII

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Cyril Hovorun

Director, Huffington Ecumenical Institute (California)

11.30 - 12.00 Dr. Haralambos Ventis , Assistant Professor, Faculty of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,

Orthodoxy and liberalism

12.00 - 12.30 Dr. Effie Fokas , Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for Hellenic and European Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Research Associate, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics,

Majority Orthodox states and religious freedom at the European Court of Human Rights

12.30 - 13.00 Dr. Irena Zeltner Pavlovic , Academic Councilor, Erlangen-Nürnberg University, Habilitant,

Civil Society and Orthodoxy

13.00 - 14.00 Discussion

14.00 - 14.15 Brief Press Conference on the European Project Resilience: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans, Dr. Nikolaos Asproulis, and Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis

14.15 - 15.45 Lunch


Session VIII

Moderator: Dr. Effie Fokas

Senior Research Fellow, (ELIAMEP) and Research Associate, Hellenic Observatory, LSE

15.45 - 16.15 Dr. Nikolaos Asproulis , Deputy Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, and Lecturer, Hellenic Open University,

Primacy, Synodality and Liberal Democracy in Orthodoxy: An Uneasy Relationship? Some Methodological Considerations

16.15 - 16.45 Dr. Kateřina K. Bauer , Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Ecumenical Institute, Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague,

Orthodox Spirituality in Pluralistic Democracies

16.45 - 17.15 Discussion

17.15 - 17.45 Coffee - break


Session IX

Moderator: Dr. Hans-Peter Grosshans

Dean, Faculty of Evangelical Theology, Münster University

17.45 - 18.15 Dr. Athanasios N. Papathanasiou , Editor-in-Chief, journal Synaxi, and Lecturer, Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens and Hellenic Open University,

Μission(s) and Politics: An Orthodox Approach

18.15 - 18.45 Dr. Chris Durante , Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Peter’s University, NJ, and Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights in Rome,

Orthodoxy and Multiculturalism

18.45 - 19.45 Discussion and Plenary

20.00 Dinner





7.30 - 10.30 Orthros and Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Constantine and Helene

10.30 - 11.15 Breakfast, and End of the Conference


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