Scurte consideratii personale despre recent incheiata Conferinta IOTA de la Iasi

Conferinta a fost foarte bine organizata si suportul asigurat de Arhiepiscopia Moldovei surprinzator de profesionist, in ciuda rezervelor unora mai conservatori de acolo fata de IOTA (perceputa ca fiind prea radicala).

Discursul Mitropolitului Kallistos, care poate fi urmatit pe canalul youtube al IOTA, a fost foarte transant si totusi a fost aplaudat la scena deschisa de participantii la deschiderea oficiala a conferintei, la Teatrul National, in prezenta participantilor si a multor personalitati iesene.

Desigur, asa cum era de asteptat, numarul femeilor care au prezentat lucrari in cadrul conferintei a fost mult mai mic decit cel al barbatilor, dar prezentarile lor, cel putin cele la care eu am assistat, si am incercat sa vad cit pot de multe dintre ale lor, au fost substantiale si au nascut dezbateri foarte serioase.

Prezenta observatorilor ecumenici, si a unor prezentari facute de ne-ortodocsi a fost importanta si, din cite imi spunea Paul Gavrilyuk, intr-o scurta convrbire, ceva ce va continua.

In sectiunile legate de ecumenism au fost numai prezentari facute de ne-evanghelici. Desigur, era mai ‘safe’ asa, data fiind tendinta anti-ecumenica din ortodoxia din aceasta parte de lume, dar este ceva ce ar trebui evitat in viitor, din motive de credibilitate.

A fost, pentru mine, o ocazie de a intilni, la mine acasa, o multime de prieteni ortodocsi, din diverse parti ale lumii. Sper ca povestea va continua, caci otodoxia din partea noastra de lume are nevoie de asa ceva ca de aer pentru a iesi dn autosuficienta pe care i-o da statutul de religie majoritara si de aflarea in proximitatea toxica a puterii politice.

Intr-o nota personala, ma bucur ca textul meu, modest, legat de perichoresis in Dogmatica lui Staniloae a fost primit foarte bine.
Doamne-ajuta!

HE Kallistos Ware – Unity and Conciliarity in the Orthodox Church, IOTA Conference, Iasi, 2019

Christian Solidarity Worldwide – Prayer for Eritrea

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for Eritrea over the years. It’s often difficult to keep faithfully petitioning God during a situation which doesn’t change or worsens; so your perseverance means the world to us and, of course, to the Eritrean people who are suffering under one of the most brutal regimes in the world.

Sunday 20 May
Patriarch Antonios of the Eritrean Orthodox Church has been under house arrest since he was illegally removed from office in 2007. He is allegedly under pressure to resign and make way for a pro-government bishop. He’s in his 90s, surrounded by enemies, and severely diabetic. Ask God to encourage Patriarch Antonios in his imprisonment, granting him strength, faith and perseverance.

Monday 21 May
Patriarch Antonios is one of over 10,000 prisoners of conscience in Eritrea, including many from recognised and unrecognised faith groups who have been detained without charge or trial, in life threatening conditions. Please pray for all those who are imprisoned in Eritrea: for God to comfort them, grant them endurance, and for their unconditional release.

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Omul evanghelic. O explorare a comunitatilor protestante romanesti

Dragi prieteni,

Vă anunț, cu un sentiment de mare ușurare, că astăzi, înainte de prânz, „după lupte seculare”, care au durat mai mult de… zece ani, am predat la Polirom textele definitive și am semnat contractul final pentru volumul Omul evanghelic. O explorare a comunităților protestante românești. Este vorba de un volum masiv, de circa 650 de pagini, format mare, ce include texte elaborate de 19 autori, din interiorul și din afara mediului evanghelic.

Volumul va apărea în librării cel mai târziu până la începutul lunii septembrie, iar până la finalul aceleiași luni va fi disponibilă și versiunea ebook.

În viitorul apropiat voi voi începe să comunic, din când în când, mai multe informații despre acest proiect editorial.

Până atunci, pentru cei interesați, iată mai jos cuprinsul volumului.

Omul evanghelic – Cuprins

 

Call for Papers: Dumitru Staniloae’s encounter with the West

European Academy of Religion Annual Conference
Bologna, March 4-7 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

Dumitru Staniloae’s encounter with the West

Proponent: Petre Maican (University of Aberdeen)

Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993) has been one of the most creative Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, yet one of the least known. His theological vision is a majestic combination of Florovsky’s’ neopatristic epistemology, philocalic wisdom, and Romanian folkloric elements. Still, Staniloae never shone away from engaging with Western theology and philosophy whether critical or constructive. His theological edifice bears the marks of his encounters with Karl Rahner, Martin Buber, Karl Barth or Paul Tillich. This panel seeks to uncover the significance of these interactions for Staniloae’s thinking. Was Staniloae a faithful reader of Western theology and philosophy? To what extent was he influenced by theological debates in Roman Catholicism or Protestantism, especially Vatican II? How was Staniloae’s interpretation of the Fathers impacted by the trends of Western historical criticism? How did the ecumenical interactions shape his understanding of Orthodox theology?
Language: English
Speakers already selected: Petrea Maican (University of Aberdeen), Viorel Coman (KU Leuven)
Disciplines involved: Theology, Ecclesiology, History, Social Sciences
If you want to submit your paper, please write to petre.maican@gmail.com

The Newness of the Old – IOCS Conference 2018

Dear Friends,

Abstracts are invited for a two-day conference on the theme ‘The Newness of the Old’: Tradition, Doctrine and Christian Life between Preservation and Innovation, to be held at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge (UK), 31st August – 1st September 2018. We would be grateful if you could kindly disseminate this message and/or display the poster in the attachment (last page).

Please send your abstract of 400 words for a short paper of 20 mins to cs300@cam.ac.uk. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 April 2018. Please provide the following information when you submit your abstract:

•    Highest degree received
•    Year degree was received
•    Academic affiliation
•    Academic position
•    Religious/Church affiliation

Keynote speakers include:

•    Dr Brandon Gallaher (University of Exeter)
•    Revd Prof Nikolaos Loudovikos (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki)
•    Revd Prof Andrew Louth (Emeritus Professor, Durham University)
•    Prof Jens Zimmerman (Trinity Western University)

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Fr John Behr – Reading Scripture

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There are indeed many ways in which Scripture is read, and there is also great deal of debate about this, both on a general level and also within scholarly circles. But there is a certain feature of the reading of Scripture which is absolutely fundamental to the Christian tradition, from the initial proclamation of the gospel to the creeds propounded by the Councils. This is so important that Paul repeats it twice within a single sentence: ‘I delivered to you, as of first importance, what I also received, that Christ died in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried and rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’ (1 Cor. 15:3–4). The Scriptures here are what we (somewhat misleadingly) call the ‘Old Testament’; and it is by reference to these same Scriptures that the Creed of Nicaea also states that Christ died and rose ‘in accordance with the Scriptures’. It is these Scriptures that provided the framework, the terms, the imagery, and the language by which the Apostles and Evangelists understood and proclaimed the revelation of God in Christ. They were and still are (even now we have the writings of the New Testament) the primary Scriptures of the Christian tradition (they are, after all, appealed to as the Scripture by the NT texts themselves), the primary texts by which we are led into the revelation of God in Christ. Continue reading “Fr John Behr – Reading Scripture”