The mission of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World

Course Information
TitleΗ αποστολή της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας στο σύγχρονο κόσμο / The mission of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGrigorios Liantas
Course ID600012786

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: • discern the basic characteristics of the document “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World”. • analyze the meaning of ecclesiology in relation to other social facts, such as globalization. • inform on the current situation of the Orthodox Church and on its attitude towards the other Christian churches. • express opinions on critical issues of concern for the Orthodox Church and especially on the position of the "other" churches in regard to the Orthodox self-understanding. • understand the requirements for proper inter-Christian relations.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Based on the document issued by the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church on June 2016 entitled “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World”, the course examines the relation between Ecclesiology and Ethics, particularly within globalization, and emphasis is put on the study of the efforts undertaken by the Orthodox Church during the last years in order to promote the collaboration with other Christian Churches and other religions for peace, justice and protection of the environment in the world.
Student Assessment
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. Στ. Τσομπανίδης, Μετα-λειτουργία: Η συμμετοχή της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και θεολογίας στην κοινή χριστιανική μαρτυρία για δικαιοσύνη, ειρήνη και ακεραιότητα της δημιουργίας, Εκδ. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. 2. U. Duchrow – F. J. Hinkelammert, Ιδιοκτησία για τους ανθρώπους, όχι για το κέρδος. Εναλλακτικές στην παγκόσμια τυραννία του κεφαλαίου, (μετάφρ. Θ. Δρίτσας – Κ. Σπαθαράκης), Εκδ. Άρτος Ζωής, Αθήνα 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Γ. Τσέτσης (επ.), Οικουμενικός Θρόνος και Οικουμένη. Επίσημα Πατριαρχικά Κείμενα, εκδ. Τέρτιος, Κατερίνη 1989 2. Αλ. Καραπαναγόπουλος, Η Μεγάλη Σύνοδος της Ορθοδόξου Ανατολικής Εκκλησίας. Προπαρασκευή της Μεγάλης Συνόδου 1959-1976 (ιστορικό χρονικό από πηγές αψευδείς), Τόμ. Β΄, Αθήνα 1990 3. Viorel Ioniţă, Towards the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church. The Decisions of the Pan-Orthodox Meetings since 923 until 2009, (Studia Oecumenica Friburgensia 62), Basel 2014 4. An. Kallis, Auf dem Weg zu einem Heiligen und Großen Konzil. Ein Quellen- und Arbeitsbuch zur orthodoxen Ekklesiologie, Münster 2013 5. Στ. Τσομπανίδης, «Υπέρ της Οικουμένης»: Μελέτες για την Οικουμενική Κίνηση και την αποστολή της Εκκλησίας στο σημερινό κόσμο, Εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014, 6. Th. A. Meimaris, The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Movement, Ant. Stamoulis Publications, Thessaloniki 2013 7. Ευ. Βαρέλλα, Διορθόδοξοι και οικουμενικαί σχέσεις του Πατριαρχείου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως κατά τον Κ΄ αιώνα, (Ανάλεκτα Βλατάδων 58), εκδ. Πατριαρχικόν Ίδρυμα Πατερικών Μελετών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1994
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