Daniel Oprean – Theology of Participation: A Conversation of Traditions

Daniel Oprean – Theology of Particiation: A Conversation of Traditions

I just found out one year later (I have no idea how I missed the annoucement) that Langham Monographs has published the PhD of my friend Daniel Oprean, for which I was one of the supervisors, as it also deals with the theology of Dumitru Staniloae. Another excellent example of dialogical ecumenical theology. Well done, Daniel!

Here is the presentation of the volume as it appears on Amazon:

Baptists in Romania have developed a practice of suspicion when it comes to religious dialogue, especially with the Romanian Orthodox tradition, due to a history that is characterized by oppression. In this detailed study Dr Daniel Oprean paves the way for positive dialogue between the two traditions, highlighting that much can be gained and learned by acknowledging similarities and differences in key aspects of theology.

Dr Oprean explores how existing theological resources can be used to enhance theological discourse between Baptist and Orthodox traditions in Romania through in-depth analysis of the thought of British Baptist theologian, Professor Paul Fiddes, and Romanian Orthodox theologian, Father Dumitru Stăniloae. Oprean in particular looks at their understanding of trinitarian and human participation through perichoresis, the Eucharist, Christian spirituality, and baptism and chrismation. Presented as a conversation between the two traditions this study is a model for how theological and religious dialogue can facilitate reconciliation, not just in the church but also in wider society.

Center for Faith and Culture, University of Bucharest – Visit of Professor Paul Fiddes

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Facultatea de Teologie Baptista and from the Centre for Faith and Culture! During the second week of December we hope to have another visit from Professor Paul Fiddes. At the moment we have the following tentative program. A full program will be produced in the next few days as I receive the final confirmation.

Monday, December 5th – There will be an afternoon meeting of the Ethnography and Ecclesiology research group of the Centre for Faith and Culture. PhD, Master students and other interested students are invited to attend. Professor Fiddes indicated that he will present an ethnographic study of responses to an inter-textual liturgy based on Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Professor Daniel Barbu will introduce his latest book “Do citizens have a soul?” There may be some research presented from Ukraine where a new study was done this summer (Dr. Andrey Puzynin)  and a presentation of some research among Romanian churches in the European diaspora (Dr. Alex Vlasin and myself). If any of you would like to present a paper please contact me. There will also be an opportunity to meet Professor Fiddes during the afternoon. Continue reading “Center for Faith and Culture, University of Bucharest – Visit of Professor Paul Fiddes”

Centrul de cercetare: Credinta si cultura – Conferinta pe teme de etnografie si eclesiologie

Stimati colegi,
Sper ca aveti o vara linistita si ca inceputul anului universitar va va gasi cu resurse noi. Va scriu din partea Centrului de Cercetare: Credinta si Cultura, ca sa va anunt ca am reusit sa organizam la Bucuresti o conferinta pe tema Etnografiei si Eccesiologiei. Acest mesaj nu este anuntul oficial ci este doare un mesaj preliminar pentru informarea dumneavoastra. 
Conferinta va avea loc intre 2-5 Decembrie 2015 la Bucuresti.
Au fost invitati sa conferentieze:
– Professor Paul Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford, Director of Research, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
– Professor Pete Ward, Research Professor in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, University of Durham (UK) and Professor of Practical Theology at The Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo and NLA University College, Bergen. 
– Dr. Sune Fahlgren, University Lecturer at the Theological Institute of Higher Education, Stockholm

Continue reading “Centrul de cercetare: Credinta si cultura – Conferinta pe teme de etnografie si eclesiologie”

Bucharest, 2 December – Paul Fiddes – The Spirit and the Letter

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Profesorul Paul Fiddes de la Universtiatea din Oxford (Regent’s Park College) va sustine o sesiune de comunicari stiintifice la Facultatea de Teologie Baptista. Continue reading “Bucharest, 2 December – Paul Fiddes – The Spirit and the Letter”

17-21 June 2013, Beirut – Your Rights My Responsibilities


During the week of 17-21 June 2013, The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) in Beirut, Lebanon organised its annual inter-faith conference (this was the 10th edition), under the leadership of my friend Dr. Martin Accad, the Director of IMES.

Martin invited me to be one of the contributors in this important meeting, together with Dr. Oaul Fiddes, Regent’s Park College, Oxford; Ehab el-Kharrat, senator in the Egyptian Parliament; Ziya Meral, a Turkish Christian activist living in the UK ; and Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia. At the conference were also invited as contributors a number of Muslin leaders, development workers and some civic activists. Continue reading “17-21 June 2013, Beirut – Your Rights My Responsibilities”

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