Dr Danut Jemna – Viitorul comunitatii penticostale din România

Pentecostal baptism

La rugamintea prietenului meu, Dr Danut Jemna, fac publice aici consideratiile lui legate de situatia penticostalismului romanesc in acest moment. Textul de fata reia o analiza facuta de Dr. Jemna, singurul specialist in patristica in spatiul pentecostal romanesc, in urma cu aproximativ zece ani. Ca profesor universitar abilitat, Dr. Jemna este, de asemenea, specialist in statistica, cu un interes special pentru demografie, domeniu in care a publicat deja un numar de carti si articole. Textul de fata include si o discutie asupra citorva probleme importante pentru penticostali, si prea putin discutate pina acum, din perspectiva acestei discipline stiintifice.

Scopul acestei analize critice nu este nicidecum unul destructiv, ci reprezinta o invitatie la un prea mult intirziat dialog legat de o serie de chestiuni fundamentale de care depinde, crede autorul, viitorul comunitatii penticostale in Romania.

Autorul este deschis sa raspunda la reactiile celor interesati. O puteti face aici sau direct, pe email (pe care il pot pune la dispozitie, in privat, celor interesati).

Redau mai jos inceputul acestei analize.

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În noiembrie 2008, la un moment aniversar, am scris un text pe care l-am intitulat: Are un loc Biserica Penticostală în România şi în Iaşi? În acest text am încercat să fac câteva observații legate de: dezvoltarea comunității în profil teritorial (am subliniat concentrarea în anumite zone ale țării și în mediul rural); spiritualitatea penticostală (cu înclinații dualiste și lipsa unei viziuni care să integreze întreaga realitate a existenței umane); prezența publică (precară și ambiguă, reactivă și partizană); relațiile cu celelalte comunități religioase (dominate de spirit sectar). Revin asupra acestei teme cu o nuanțare a întrebării puse atunci – mai are viitor această confesiune în România? Pentru a putea da un răspuns coerent la această întrebare este necesară analiza unor elemente pe care le supunem discuției în continuare. Continue reading “Dr Danut Jemna – Viitorul comunitatii penticostale din România”

Aparitia editoriala – Danut-Vasile Jemna, Antropologia Sfantului Irineu de Lyon. Incoruptibilitatea ca destin al omului

Editura Doxologia din Iasi, probabil institutia ortodoxa cu cel mai consistent program editorial de la noi, anunta pe situl ei aparitia, cu binecuvintarea IPS Teofan, Mitropolitul Moldovei si al Bucovinei, a unei carti de exceptie:

Danut-Vasile Jemna, Antropologia Sfântului Irineu de Lyon. Incoruptibilitatea ca destin al omului

Cartea este o adaptare pentru publicare sub forma de carte a tezei de doctorat in patristica a domnului Danut-Vasile Jemna, sustinuta in 2013 sub indrumarea Pr Prof Stelian Tofana, de la Facultatea de teologie ortodoxa a Universitatii Babes-Bolyai din Cluj, care semneaza si prefata cartii.

Iata descrierea acestei lucrari academice, asa cum apare ea pe situl editurii:

Punctul cheie al antropologiei Sf. Irineu este conceptul de incoruptibilitate, care marchează relația dintre om și Dumnezeu, atât în planul „pre- cădere”, cât și în cel „post-cădere”, cu implicații hristologice, pentru că incoruptibilitatea are relație cu spațiul de referință și semnificația soteriologică a Întrupării, dar și ecleziologice și pnevmatologice, întrucât ea, ca destin al omului, este realizată de către Duhul Sfânt, în Biserică. Aşadar, avându-se în vedere penuria de literatură biblică românească referitoare la tema în dezbatere, o lucrare pertinentă, de anvergură, la nivelul unei analize exegetice comparative, cu referințe bibliografice la cele mai noi rezultate ale cercetării biblice moderne, se impunea demult. Cartea de față a D-lui Dănuț Jemna este un început, dar, cu toate acestea, ea nu are deloc caracteristicile unei abordări de inițiere în temă, ca astfel, să lase, din capul locului, spațiu pentru nenumărate alte încercări cu statut orientativ. Ea este mai mult decât un început; cel puțin pentru câteva capitole, cartea se prezintă ca o finalitate de abordare a conceptului de „incoruptibilitate” în antropologia Sf. Irineu. Iată, aşadar, de unde necesitatea unei astfel de lucrări în teologia românească, în general, și în cea biblică, în special. (Stelian Tofana)

Cartea poate fi comandata direct pe situl editurii, la linkul de mai sus.

Felicitari prietenului meu, Dr Danut Jemna, pentru aceasta importanta aparitie editoriala, si multumesc pentru primirea in dar a cartii, cu semnatura autorului, chiar inainte de aparitia ei in librarii. Ramin indatorat. Mult succes mai departe si in cele citeva proiecte aditoriale la care lucreaza acum, fie in domeniul teologiei (un catehism de casatorie), fie in primul sau domeniu de specialitate, statistica (un curs de econometrie).

Tim Grass et al – Punti de dialog

Tim Grass, et al - Punti de dialog

Semnalez aici o importanta aparitie editoriala cu caracter ecumenic, mai precis, legata de dialogul ecumenic evanghelic-ortodox (sau ortodox-evanghelic, daca va cade mai bine asa :-)).

Lucrarea, editata de Tim Grass, Paul si Jenny Rolph, precum si de Ioan Sauca, apare in traducerea Diac. lect. univ. dr. Florin Toader Tomoioaga, de la Facultatea de teologie ortodoxa din cadrul Universitatii Oradea. Cartea este publicata de Editura Imago Dei, din Oradea.

Lucrarea aduna laolalta cele mai importante contributii la trei reuniuni de dialog teologi evangheli-ortodox desfasurate in ultimii douazeci de ani la Institutul ecumenic de la Bossey, in Elvetia. La ultima dintre acestea am avut si eu cinstea de a participa, cunoscindu-i acolo in mod personal pe cei mai multi dintre autori, impreuna cu unii dintre acestia fiind implicat astazi in Initiativa Ortodoxa Lausanne.

Lucrea contine contributii ale mai multor autori romani, evanghelici (Emil Bartos, Otniel Bunaciu) si ortodocsi (Ioan Sauca, Vasile Mihoc, Stelian Tofana).

Iata mai jos prezentarea cartii, asa cum apare ea pe situl web al Editurii Scriptum, care o distribuie: Continue reading “Tim Grass et al – Punti de dialog”

Lansare la Cluj – Danut Jemna, Credinta crestina – joi 25 februarie

Afis lansare Jemna - Cluj

Va invitam cu drag la acest eveniment, in cadrul caruia speram sa avem o dezbatere teologica serioasa, in spiritul intelegerii ecumenice a credintei, care il anima pe autorul cartii, si pe cei care o prezinta. Continue reading “Lansare la Cluj – Danut Jemna, Credinta crestina – joi 25 februarie”

Pr. Stelian Tofana – Relevanta Scripturii in societatea postmoderna

Pr. Stelian Tofana, profesor la facultatea de teologie ortodoxa a Universitatii Babes-Bolyai din Cluj, a prezentat aceasta prelegere in data de 21 august 2015 in Biserica penticostala Betesda din Detroit, in Statele Unite.

Iasi, 7 decembrie, Libraria Tafrali – Lansarea cartii lui Danut Jemna, Credinta Crestina. Intrebari si raspunsuri

Afis Jemna Iasi

Va invitam cu bucurie la lansarea catehismului patristic elaborat de Dr Danut Jemna. Libraria se afla sub scarile de la intrarea centrala a corpului A al Universitatii. Va asteptam.

Cartea poate fi comandata de AICI.

Redau mai jos prezentarea pe care am facut-o pentru coperta verso a cartii. Continue reading “Iasi, 7 decembrie, Libraria Tafrali – Lansarea cartii lui Danut Jemna, Credinta Crestina. Intrebari si raspunsuri”

The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society – Press Release

Fr Tofana & D. Druhora
Fr. Stelian Tofana and Rev. Ovidiu Druhora
at the first ever conference of the Society For
Interdenominational Dialogue (SID)

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – On August 29, 2015, Christians from at least three denominations met at what used to be a Jewish temple, Temple Beth Emet, now home to Emanuel Romanian Church of God, marking the first ever conference of the Society For Interdenominational Dialogue (SID).

The event, held under the banner “The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society,” was also co-organized by Ekklesia Bible College, a practice-based theological seminary founded by several Romanian pastors from the U.S. that now has branches in Romania, Uganda, and Rwanda. Continue reading “The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society – Press Release”

An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 4

  1. ORTHODOXY AND EVANGELICALISM. THREE PERSPECTIVES – A WAY TOWARDS DIALOGUE

This book has been written by people who have had genuinely “stirring” experiences in the two traditions (conversion, abandoning one’s tradition, education in a theological environment, involvement in leading services in a church completely different from the one in which one received one’s theological formation, etc.). This is what makes their way of dealing with the issues discussed so unique. Each position is well argued from a theological point of view. As James J. Stamoolis rightly says, “If you are in search of theological arguments to support each of the positions, you will not be disappointed”.

Evangelicals need to know, however, that the journey towards Orthodoxy with the aim of entering into dialogue with it is no easy one. The danger of becoming bogged down in a precipitate judgement and consequently giving up the journey dogs every step. But the Orthodox too need to know that the same danger lies in wait for them also as they move towards becoming acquainted with the other tradition, the Evangelical one. In fact, the differences between the two ecclesial communities are essentially founded on different interpretations of theological paradigms.

The present volume helps, in a way, towards an understanding of these differences of paradigm, on the one hand, while on the other it facilitates the passage over these ‘chasms’ that are created particularly by differences of language. The interaction between the authors in the way they express their positions is strongly personalised by each of them, with the result that there is of course no danger of monotony in either the argumentation or the experience of reading. Continue reading “An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 4”

An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 3

  1. 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.

Following these two events, and on the same day, there was also a round-table discussion on the subject “Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. Perspectives in Dialogue”, which took place at the university staff club. Those who attended this discussion were priests and teachers from the Cluj-Napoca Faculty of Orthodox Theology and a number of Evangelical pastors and believers from Cluj and from other Romanian cities. Continue reading “An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 3”

An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 2

  1. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER?

Of course, we often ask ourselves, not without some degree of self-assurance (as we must acknowledge), whether we have anything to learn from one another, Orthodox from Evangelicals and Evangelicals from Orthodox. If we are honest with ourselves, there can only be one answer: Yes! We have many things to learn from one another! But among these benefits I would like to highlight just a few, which, I judge, would be useful to us along the ‘path of dialogue’ if we do indeed wish to walk it together.

  1. Orthodox have to learn from Evangelicals:
  • How much work they still have to do to make the Gospel of Christ much clearer and much more central in the lives of Orthodox Christians than it has been up to now[1]. The Orthodox Church needs to overcome a huge disadvantage, namely the so-called phenomenon of ‘biblical illiteracy’, and Evangelicals are, here, an example for what needs to be done for us to escape from this impasse. This example is not one to be ignored. A year ago I initiated, at the Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Cluj, a biblical programme with the title “Let’s read and learn the Bible together!” Many attend. Half the time is devoted to interaction with those present. But I was very surprised to discover two things:

Continue reading “An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 2”

An Evangelical Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’

 

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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’”

Two John Stott Stories

During the summer of 2001, while I was doing my PhD studies at London School of Theology, with support from Langham Scholarship, uncle John agreed to support an unusual project: providing funding for an Eastern Orthodox Biblical scholar from Romania for spending a number of weeks in doing research at the Tyndale House in Cambridge. Continue reading “Two John Stott Stories”

Building Bridges – A New Book of the Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue

A number of Romanian theologians were involved during the last decade in an Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue hosted by the Ecumenical Institute in Bossy, Switzerland, led by Fr. Ioan Sauca.

Among these were the Orthodox Vasile Mihoc and Stelian Tofana and the Evangelicals Emil Bartos and Otniel Bunaciu, among others.

A new book, whose cover you see above, brings together the main papers presented during this series of theological encounters.  Here is a short presentation: Continue reading “Building Bridges – A New Book of the Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue”

Inchinarea la Sf. Irineu de Lyon

Prietenul meu Danut Jemna a publicat recent pe site-ul Bisericii Strajerul un foarte interesant text despre inchinare in teologia Sf. Irineu de Lyon.

Danut Jemna, care a inceput sa lucreze, sub indrumarea Prof. Stelian Tofana,  la o teza legta de fundamentele biblice ale conceptului de incoruptibilitate la Sf. Irineu, este profund preoocupat de actualitatea si complexitatea teoloogiei acestui genial teolog din seculul al doilea al istoriei crestine.

Continue reading “Inchinarea la Sf. Irineu de Lyon”

Un nou academic evanghelic – Dr. Ciprian Terinte

Dr. Ciprian Terinte

Dr. Ciprian Terinte (al patrulea de la stânga la dreapta), alături de Pr. Stelian Tofană,
Dr. John Tipei, IPS Laurenţiu Streza (la stânga fotografiei), plus Pr. Vasile Mihoc
şi Pr. Dumitru Abrudan (la dreapta fotografiei)

Emanuel Conţac anunţă pe blogul său că colegul lui de catedră la Institutul Teologic Penticostal din Bucureşti, Ciprian Terinte a susţinut cu succes şi a primit cum laude, titlul de Doctor în teologie, la Facultatea de teologie ortodoxă “Andrei Şaguna” din cadrul Universităţii “Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu. Sincere felicitări!

Continue reading “Un nou academic evanghelic – Dr. Ciprian Terinte”

Ortodoxie si evanghelism – lansare de carte la Cluj

ortodoxie-si-evanghelism

UNIVERSITATEA BABEŞ-BOLYAI
RECTORAT

LANSARE DE CARTE

UBB 90

Coordonator: Nicolae Bocşan
n ziua de 5 mai 2009, orele 1200,
în Curtea Colegiului Academic

Bradley Nassif et al
ORTODOXIE ŞI EVANGHELISM. TREI PERSPECTIVE

Editura Adoramus, Iaşi, 2009
Prezintă:
prof. dr. Bradley Nassif
Pr. prof. dr. Stelian Tofana
dr. Dănuţ Mănăstireanu

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Nicolae Păun (ed.)
EVALUĂRI INTERNAŢIONALE ALE UNIVERSITĂŢII BABEŞ-BOLYAI

Cluj University Press, 2009
Prezintă: Toader Nicoară

Ovidiu Ghitta (ed.):
ISTORIA UNIVERSITĂŢII DIN CLUJ

Cluj University Press, 2009
Prezintă: Nicolae Bocşan

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Diana Reţe (ed.):
UNIVERSITATEA DIN CLUJ. DISCURSURI RECTORALE (1919-1939)

Cluj University Press, 2009
Prezintă: Ovidiu Ghitta

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Doru Radosav (ed.):

BIBLIOTECA UNIVERSITARĂ „LUCIAN BLAGA” ALBUM
BCU Cluj, 2009
Prezintă: Nicolae Sabău

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Monica Fekete:IL TOPOS DEL LOCUS AMOENUS NELLA LETTERATURA ITALIANA DEL MEDIOEVO E DEL RINASCIMENTO
Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2008
Prezintă: Helga Tepperberg