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Online lecture

Georgios Vlantis

THE UNITY OF HUMANITY AND THE UNITY OF CHRISTIANS

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 8 p.m. (Athens time)

On Thursday, June 20th, 2024, at 8 p.m., the fourth series of Volos Academy for Theological Studies online series “Time for action” will conclude with a lecture entitled “The Unity of Humanity and the Unity of Christians” by Georgios Vlantis, MTh, Director of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Bavaria, Germany, and Research Associate at Volos Academy. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the series “Liturgy after the Liturgy”, co-sponsored by Volos Academy and the Holy Metropolis of France and the Vicariate of French-Speaking Parishes (Vicariat Sainte Marie de Paris et Saint Alexis d’Ugine, Ecumenical Patriarchate). The lecture will be presented in Greek with live interpretation into French, and moderated by Protopresbyter Rev. Serge Sollogoub, head of adult catechism for the Vicariat. The link for attending via the Zoom platform is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84913433453. This lecture is dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased (Jun. 2, 2024) Rev. George Tsetsis, Great Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

In light of the foundational Christian belief that human beings share a common nature, the unity of human beings is a given for Christians. It is also, however, a requirement, since divisions (confessional, religious, political, national, economic, etc.) sometimes lead to painful and even deadly conflicts. Unity is a gift of the triune God, who has created humanity and leads it towards its eschatological fulfillment. It is also a commandment of the Lord, intended as a compass for the Church’s life in history. What does this ontological unity of humanity mean? This question pertains not only to Christian ethos, but also to the relationship of the Orthodox Church with the heterodox Christians, world religions, secularized society, and creation in its entirety. Is there room for diversity in the Church’s vision of unity, or is this vision nothing but a naive idealization, which, in its ahistorical reality, cannot bear the intensity of diversity? At what point does the requirement for orthodoxy become a cause of defamation and division, a fomenter of fundamentalism?

Georgios Vlantis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. He studied in Athens and Munich. He holds a BA in Theology and a Masters in Comparative Philosophy of Religion. Since 2012 he has been an associate of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. He has published articles on various issues pertaining to philosophy of religion, history of theology, and ecumenism, in Greek, German, English and Italian, e.g. on apophaticism, patristic considerations of atheism, reception of ecumenical documents, the Holy and Great Council of Crete, Ukrainian autocephaly, Orthodox fundamentalism, and Orthodoxy and modernity. He has translated books and articles into Greek, German and English and is active in various ecumenical forums in Germany and beyond (e.g. member of the Pro Oriente Steering Committee for the Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue). Since May 2016 he has been the Director (Geschäftsführer) of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Bavaria (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Bayern), Germany. His publications include:Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans (1922), translation into Greek, Athens 2015; “The Issue of Ecumenical Reception in Orthodox Churches and Theological Institutions”, in Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Thomas FitzGerald, Cyril Hovorun, Aikaterini Pekridou, Nikolaos Asproulis, Dietrich Werner & Guy Liagre (eds.),Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism — Resources for Theological Education, Volos 2014, pp. 813-821; “Images of Holiness that Do Harm”, Communio Viatorum 61(2019) 1, pp. 99-109; „Die Sorge des Hirten – Konstantinopels Handeln in der Ukraine-Frage“, Religion und Gesellschaft in Ost und West 48.1 (1.2020), pp. 19-23; Pneumatologie und Eschatologie in der zeitgenössischen orthodoxen Theologie. Richtlinien und Perspektiven“ in Petra Bosse-Huber, Konstantinos Vliagkoftis & Wolfram Langpape (eds.), Wir glauben an den Heiligen Geist. XII. Begegnung im bilateralen theologischen Dialog zwischen der EKD und dem Ökumenischen Patriarchat , Leipzig 2021, pp. 119-137.

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