Themes in Inter-Orthodox Relations and Inter-Christian Dialogues.

Course Information
TitleΘέματα Διορθοδόξων Σχέσεων και Διαχριστιανικών Διαλόγων. / Themes in Inter-Orthodox Relations and Inter-Christian Dialogues.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorStylianos Charalampidis
Course ID600015733

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110
Applied TheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
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 creatively use the contact with the rest of the Christian world. 2) To evaluate the Orthodox witness (martyria) in the context of Inter-Christian relations. 3) To realize the problems in the bilateral relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian Churches and Denominations. 4) To understand the complicated international environment, within which Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian relations are shaped and influenced. 5) To delve into the complicated problems plaguing Inter-Orthodox relations nowadays. 6) To appreciate the leading role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the context of Inter-Orthodox relations.
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)
Τhe subject of the course includes the history, the problems and the perspectives of both Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian relations within the modern international environment. OUTLINE OF LECTURES: 1) The Encyclicals of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Inter-Christian dialogue. 2) The long period of preparation for the Holy and Great Council. 3) The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. 4) The issue of the Diaspora as a problem of Inter-Orthodox relations. 5) The problem of ethno–phyletism as a source of tension in Orthodox relations. 6) The position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Orthodox Church. 7) The contribution of the Orthodox Church and theology to the modern Ecumenical Movement. 8) The issue of Uniatism and proselytism as a problem of Inter–Christian relations. 9) Primacy and Synodality and primacy of the Bishop of Rome at the center of the bilateral Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church. 10) The practice of common prayer with the heterodox. 11) The question of the ordination of women and the ordination of homosexuals. 12) Issues of racism, nationalism, xenophobia and social ethos as parts of the agenda of the ecumenical dialogue. 13) The international environment, within which Orthodox and Inter–Christian relations are formed.
Ecumenical Movement, Inter-Orthodox Relations, Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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 Ε. ΛΑΜΠΡΥΝΙΑΔΗ, νυν Αρχιεπ. Αμερικής, Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο, Διορθόδοξες Σχέσεις και Διαχριστιανική Μαρτυρία, εκδ. Ι. Θεολογικής Σχολής Χάλκης, Χάλκη χ.χρ. ΓΡ. ΛΑΡΕΝΤΖΑΚΗ - Κ. ΣΚΟΥΤΕΡΗ - ΒΛ. ΦΕΙΔΑ, Η συμπροσευχή με τους ετεροδόξους κατά την ορθόδοξη θεολογική παράδοση, εκδ. Π.Ι.Π.Μ., Θεσσαλονίκη 2011. ΜΑΞΙΜΟΥ, Μητρ. Σάρδεων, Το Οικουμενικόν Πατριαρχείον εν τη Ορθοδόξω Εκκλησία, εκδ. Π.Ι.Π.Μ., Θεσσαλονίκη 1989. A. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ (επιμ.), Κείμενα Διορθοδόξων και Διαχριστιανικών σχέσεων, εκδ. Αφών Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 1991. ΣΤ. ΤΣΟΜΠΑΝΙΔΗ, Υπέρ της των πάντων ενώσεως. Η συμβολή της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και Θεολογίας στο Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο των Εκκλησιών, εκδ. Π. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008. ΣΤ. ΤΣΟΜΠΑΝΙΔΗ, Εκκλησία και Εκκλησίες (Η θέση των άλλων χριστιανικών Εκκλησιών στην εκκλησιολογική αυτοσυνειδησία της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας στα πλαίσια του οικουμενικού διαλόγου), εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2013. Ξ Ε Ν Η Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism (Resources for Theological Education), Volos Academy Publications – WCC Publications – Regnum Books International, Volos 2014. I. BRIA, The Sense Of Ecumenical Tradition: The Ecumenical Witness And Vision Of The Orthodox, W.C.C. Publications, Geneva 1991. ΤΗ. ΗΟPKO (εκδ.), Women and the priesthood, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, New York 1999. J. MEYENDORFF (εκδ.), The primacy of Peter (Essays in ecclesiology and the early Church), St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, New York 1992. N. NISSIOTIS, “Die Theologie der Ostkirche im ökumenischen Dialog”, Evangelisches Verlagswerk, Stuttgart 1968. VL. PHIDAS, “Uniatism. Historical development and ecclesiological implications in the ecumenical dialogue”, Ορθοδοξία 1(1994), 3, σσ. 556 – 575
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