Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• discern the basic characteristics of qualitative research and perceive its role in the ecumenical movement.
• analyze and edit texts of modern ecumenical reflection.
• inform on the current situation of Christian churches, the problems and their ecumenical visions.
• express opinions on critical issues of concern for the Christian churches, especially for the Orthodox Church in the modern ecumenical theological dialogue.
• understand the requirements for proper inter-Christian relations.
•realize the ecumenical presence and task of Orthodoxy.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In the course it is attempted to document historically and theologically the modern meetings and trends observed among the churches of the ecumenical movement. Emphasis is placed both on the activities of the WCC and the attitude of the Orthodox Church toward it, as well as on the historical path of the ecclesiastical phenomenon of Christianity's ecumenical presence. The contribution of the Orthodox Church to the ecumenical movement and to the WCC is assessed as well as the contribution of the ecumenical movement and the WCC to Orthodoxy. Based on the latest developments in the contemporary ecumenical dialogue and ecclesiological concern, the interest of the course focuses on the detection of the position of the "other" churches in the Orthodox self-understanding.
The evaluation of students is performed by:
•Oral or written examination at the end of the semester
•Oral Examination for foreign male and female students.
•The writings are graded by the professor and they are available to students.
•Oral examination for specific and provided by law categories of male and female students.
Students’ participation in classroom (discussion, asking questions, formulating comments, giving information) is usually used as a general indicator of the interest of the student and is auxiliary to the results of the final exams.
The evaluation (oral or written) of the performance of students ensures transparency. Apart from the clear and precise explanation of the assessment criteria for this course, transparency is ensured by isobaric topics in the exam, by the possibility of re-evaluation of a writing upon request of the student, and by the evaluation in public.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. St. Tsompanidis, ‘For the whole world’. Studies on the Ecumenical Movement and the purpose of the Church in today’s World
OSTRACON PUBLISHING, Thessaloniki 2014
2. Ap. Nikolaidis, The ecumenical adventures of Christianity, Gregoris, Athens 2008.
Additional bibliography for study
A History of the Ecumenical Movement 1968-2000, J. Briggs – M. A. Oduyoye – G. Tsetsis (eds), vol. 3, WCC, Geneva 2004.
Basdekis, Ath. (Hg.), Orthodoxe Kirche und Ökumenische Bewegung. Dokumente – Erklärungen – Berichte 1900-2006, Lembeck/Boni¬fa¬tius, Frankfurt a.M. 2006.
Matsoukas N., Ecumenical Movement: History - Theology, Pournaras, Thessaloniki 2003.
Stavridis, V., - Varella, Ev., History of the Ecumenical Movement, (Analekta Vlatadon 47), Thessaloniki 1996.
Limouris, G. (ed.), Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism: Statements, Messages and Reports on the Ecumenical Movement, 1902-1992, WCC, Geneva 1994.