The Ecumenical Movement

Course Information
TitleΟικουμενική κίνηση / The Ecumenical Movement
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorStylianos Tsompanidis
Course ID60000289

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course635

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΔευτέρα 09:00 έως 12:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: - define iscern the basic characteristics of qualitative research and perceive its role in the ecumenical movement. - analyze and edit texts of modern ecumenical reflection. - evaluate the current situation of Christian churches, the problems and their ecumenical visions. - express a critical point of view on critical issues of concern for the Christian churches, especially for the Orthodox Church in the modern ecumenical theological dialogue. - illustrate understand the requirements for proper inter-Christian relations. - realize the ecumenical presence and task of Orthodoxy.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
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.
Ecumene, dialogue, peaceful coexistence, unity, Church and World, Eucharist and social diaconia
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
(a) using the computer and the projector for presentation of slides, songs and announcements relating to subdivisions of the course b) Internet usage and search questions concerning sections of the course
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.4
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
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.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1.Στ. Τσομπανίδης, «Υπέρ της Οικουμένης»: Μελέτες για την Οικουμενική Κίνηση και αποστολή της Εκκλησίας στο σύγχρο-νο κόσμο, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014. 2.Απ. Νικολαΐδης, Οι οικουμενικές περιπέτειες του Χριστιανισμού, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 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.
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