Themes in the History of the Ecumenical Movement.

Course Information
TitleΘέματα ιστορίας της Οικουμενικής Κινήσεως. / Themes in the History of the Ecumenical Movement.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorStylianos Charalampidis
Course ID600015726

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 5
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)1110
Applied TheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Degree of Theology or of other University School.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able: 1) To acquaint themselves with the historical context, within which the Ecumenical Movement was formed. 2) To approach the history, the structure and the function of the institutional expressions of the Ecumenical Movement. 3) To evaluate the importance of the Orthodox witness (martyria) in the Ecumenical Movement. 4) To appreciate the importance of the other Christian traditions. 5) To be aware of the international environment within which the Orthodox theology is articulated.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • 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)
The historical and theological framework from the division of Christianity to the search of visible unity is presented. Particular emphasis is placed on the openness of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the rest of the Christian world, as well as on its participation in the establishment and function of the institutional expressions of the modern Ecumenical Movement. The history and contribution of both the World Council of Churches and other regional organizations such as the Conference of European Churches is systematically examined. The stance of the Roman Catholic Church towards the Ecumenical Movement throughout time is analyzed, as well as the ecumenical and, in general, theological work of the Second Vatican Council. Finally, the history, methodology, results and perspectives of the dialogues of the Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church and the Ancient Eastern Churches are presented. OUTLINE OF LECTURES: 1) Theory and methodology of ecumenical dialogue. 2) Early contacts of the Christian world (19th–20th century). 3) History, structure and function of the World Council of Churches and regional Ecumenical Organizations (Conference of European Churches). 4) Leading figures of the Ecumenical Movement. 5) The contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the modern Ecumenical Movement. 6) Roman Catholic Church and Ecumenical Movement (From reticence to active participation). 7) Ecumenical Movement and International Relations. 8) Reactions to the Ecumenical Movement. 9) The bilateral Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church (Problems and perspectives). 10) The bilateral Theological Dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the tradition of the Reformation. 11) The bilateral Theological Dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the Ancient Eastern Churches. 12) The bilateral Theological Dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the Anglican Communion. 13) Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Old Catholic Church.
Ecumenical Movement, Orthodox Church, World Council of Churches, Bilateral Theological Dialogues.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (powerpoint, videoclips). Supplementary material through the e-learning platform. Use of audio-visual material on the web. Communication with the students through e-mails and Zoom.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment80
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities20
Written assigments80
Student Assessment
Participation in the course meetings (30% of the final grade). Written assignment on a topic related to the course (70% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ε Λ Λ Η Ν Ι Κ Η ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΥ [Παπανδρέου], Μητρ. Ελβετίας, Θεολογικοί Διάλογοι (Μία ορθόδοξος προοπτική), εκδ. Αφών Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 1986. ΙΩ. ΚΑΡΜΙΡΗ, Η Ορθόδοξος Εκκλησία εν διαλόγω μετά των ετεροδόξων Εκκλησιών, Αθήναι 1975. Γ. ΜΑΡΤΖΕΛΟΥ, Ορθοδοξία και σύγχρονοι διάλογοι, εκδ. Π. Πουρναρά, Θεσ/νίκη 2008. Ν. ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΑ, Οικουμενική Θεολογία, εκδ. Π. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. Ν. ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΑ, Οικουμενική Κίνηση (Ιστορία–Θεολογία), εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017. ΑΠ. ΝΙΚΟΛΑΪΔΗ, Οι οικουμενικές περιπέτειες του Χριστιανισμού (Εγχειρίδιο Οικουμενικής Κίνησης), εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 2008. Β. ΣΤΑΥΡΙΔΟΥ – ΕΥ. ΒΑΡΕΛΛΑ, Ιστορία της Οικουμενικής Κινήσεως, εκδ. Π.Ι.Π.Μ., Θεσσαλονίκη 1996. Γ. ΤΣΕΤΣΗ (Μ. Πρωτοπρ.), Η συμβολή του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου στην ίδρυση του Παγκοσμίου Συμβουλίου Εκκλησιών, εκδ. Τέρτιος, Κατερίνη 1988. Ξ Ε Ν Η J. BRIGGS – M. A. ODUYOYE – G. TSETSIS (eds.), A History of the Ecumenical Movement, vol. 3 (1968–2000), W.C.C. Publications, Geneva 2004. H. FEY (ed.), A History of the Ecumenical Movement, vol. 2 (1948–1968), W.C.C. Publications, Geneva 2004. TH. FITZGERALD, The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Christian unity, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Brookline–Massachusetts 1997. G. LIMOURIS (ed.), Orthodox visions on Ecumenism (Statements, Messages and Reports on the Ecumenical Movement 1902–1992), W.C.C. Publications, Geneva 1994. N. NISSIOTIS, Die Theologie der Ostkirche im ökumenischen Dialog, Evangelisches Verlagswerk, Stuttgart 1968. R. ROUSE - S. NEIL (eds.), A History of the Ecumenical Movement (1517–1948), W.C.C. Publications, Geneva 1993.
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