The conversation was moderated by Ralph Lee, moderator of LOI, and included fr. Dragos Herescu, Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK, myself, and the author of the book.
You may watch the conversation at the link below (please subscribe to the LOI channel on YouTube, if you want to be informed of future uploads).
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN CONCRETE TERMS IN ROMANIA IN REGARD TO DIALOGUE?
In terms of events that have given concrete expression to the concern for dialogue between Orthodox and Evangelicals in Romania, a number of initiatives may be mentioned.
In 2009, the Babes-Bolyai University, through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, the Centre for Biblical Studies, World Vision International and the Iasi-based Adoramus publishing house, held a conference at Cluj-Napoca with the title The Paschal Mystery and the Liturgical Life of the Church, at which Dr Bradley Nassif, professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University, Chicago, was an invited speaker.
The conference was followed by the launching of the Romanian translation of the book Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. Three Perspectives. Those who spoke on this occasion were Professor Nassif, Dr Danut Manastireanu and the Revd Professor Stelian Tofana. All three speakers stressed, in their addresses, the book’s significance for non-official theological dialogue between Orthodox and Evangelicals in Romania.
In the spring of 1995 I was coordinating the academic research programme at what has now become the Emanuel University of Oradea. At the first scholarly colloquium which I organised in this role I had the providential opportunity to come to know the Revd Professor Stelian Tofana, of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Cluj, and since then we have maintained an especially close bond. This accounts for our decision to share the writing of a Romanian preface to the second edition of this work: Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. We are united both by a common interest in Eastern theology and spirituality, which each of us approaches from his own perspective, and by our firmly held personal conviction of the pressing need for theological and ecclesial dialogue between the different Christian traditions in our cultural context.
Over the years we have been involved together in many activities which have put flesh on the bones of these shared convictions. We have participated in academic conferences both within Romania (in Oradea, Cluj, Bucharest and elsewhere) and abroad (including Bossey, in Switzerland, and Durres in Albania) that have been organised both by Evangelicals and by the Orthodox; we have contributed to the resulting publications of their proceedings; we have joined in organising the promotion of books relevant to this dialogue; we have collaborated in spiritually-oriented training sessions for the staff of World Vision (an organisation I have been working for since December 1999); we have each sought to make more widely known within our own constituency the treasures of thought and spirituality to be found in the tradition of the other – and, last but not least, we have often enjoyed table fellowship in one another’s homes, which has provided occasions to celebrate what unites us in spite of the specific differences which define each of our ecclesial identities. Continue reading “An Evangelical Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’”
In May 2009, Bradley Nassif, Professor of Theology at North Park University in Chicago visited Romania for the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (J. Stamoolis, (gen. ed.), Grand Rapids, Mi.: Zondervan, 2006), which took place at the University of Cluj. During that visit, Dr. Nassif told me about an Orthodox project that might benefit from any potential support I could provide through the budget I was managing as part of my World Vision responsibilities for the Middle East & Eastern Europe Region, as Director for Faith in Development. The project, formally initiated in June 2004 at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, under the leadership of Professor David Frost, later Principal of the college, was called THE WAY (it took its name from the earliest term by which followers of Christ referred to themselves), and aimed ‘to teach basic Orthodox Christianity as a journey of life, centred on Christ, in terms that communicate to a secular and largely pagan world’. Continue reading “The Story of My Involvement with THE WAY – An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity”
Lucrarea reprezinta traducerea cartii Through Western Eyes. Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective. Asa cum reiese de aici, prima observatie care se cere facuta este lipsa de inspiratie a titlului. ‘Through’ in limba engleza inseamna ‘prin’, NU ‘sub’. Dincolo de asta, n-am avut inca vreme sa evaluez calitatea traducerii. Vom vedea.
I have just received word from my good friend Dr. Bradley Nassif, who teaches at North Park University in Chicago, a school rooted in the moderate Baptist tradition, that Metr. Kallistos,of Diokleia, from Oxford University, will visit this university in February 2011, lecturing, among other themes, also on the Evangelical-Orthodox dialogue.
In May 2009 we were launching in Cluj the Romanian translation of Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. in the presence of one of the authors, my friend Dr. Bradley Nassif, Professor at North Park University in Chicago. To my joy, the 500 copies we have printed have been sold out in less than four months and we are now discussing about a new print run and a revised edition. It was the fulfilment of part of my dream to create the conditions for initiating a theological dialogue between Evangelicals and the Orthodox in Romania.
As I was explaining on a previous post on this blog, during that visit in Romania, Dr. Nassif told me for the first time about The Way, an Orthodox adult catechism that was reinventing for the eastern context the approach of the Alpha Course, that was so successful in Protestant and Catholic contexts. Continue reading “The Way – A Presentation”
In May 2009, when we launched in Cluj the Romanian translation of Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (Ortodoxie si evanghelism. Trei perspective – which is already sold out and we hope to be able to publish some time in the near future a second edition), Bradley Nassif, one of the authors of that book spoke to me for the first time about The Way, asking if there is any way I could help with this project, which was for some time in financial difficulties. Continue reading “The Way”
Revista teologică, a Mitropoliei ortodoxe a Ardealului de la Sibiu, a publicat în primul său număr din 2009, pp. 203-252, articolul Dr. Bradley Nassif, intitulat “Începuturile unui dialog global ortodox-evanghelic”.
Textul a fost tradus de Paulian Petric după Bradley Nassif, „Eastern Ortodoxy and Evangelicalism – The Status of an Emerging Global Dialogue”, în Daniel B. Clendenin, (ed.), Eastern Orthodox Theology – A Contemporary Reader, (Paternoster Press şi Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2003), pp. 211–248. Articolul este adaptat după Bradley Nassif, „Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism: The Status of an Emerging Dialogue”, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (18, 1, 2000), pp. 21–55.
Marţi 5 mai, Dr. Bradley Nassif, de la North Park University din Chicago, a susţinut la Facultatea de studii europene din cadrul Universităţii Babeş-Bolyai din Cluj cursul deschis cu tema ” The Paschal Mistery in the Life of the Church”.
Adresa exacta a Facultatii de Studii Europene (Amfiteatrul Jean Monnet) unde va avea loc, marti 5 mai 2009, incepind cu ora 9.00 am cursul “MIsterul pascal in viata liturgica a Bisericii”, sustinut de Prof. Bradley Nassif, si, incepind cu ora 12.00 lansarea cartii Ortodoxie si evanghelism. Trei perspective, este Str. Em. de Martonne nr. 1 , 400090 Cluj-Napoca. Pentru cei mai putin familiarizati cu zona, este vorba de o straduta (semnalata cu rosu pe harta) care uneste str Kogalniceanu cu str. Bratianu.
In aceeasi incinta se afla si Clubul Casei Universitarilor, unde va avea loc, incepind de la ora 16.00 masa rutunda pe tema dialogului teologic dintre ortodocsi si evanghelici.
Prietenul meu virtual Marcel Cosma mi-a semnalat două texte publicate recent de teologul biblist american Scot McKnight pe blogul său numit Jesus Creed de pe site-ul Belief Net. Scot predă studii religioase la North Park University din Chicago, unde este coleg cu bunul meu prieten Dr Bradley Nassif, cunoscut expert în dialogul teologic ortodox-evanghelic.