Volos – ATS



Name of the Institution:

Volos Academy for Theological Studies - Holy Metropolis of Demetrias


Name of the representative:

Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Director of the Volos Academy)


Status in NELCEE: Member


Contact details

Address: P.O. Box 1308,  Zip Code 38001  Volos, Greece

Tel.: 0030 24210 93550-1 & 93572-3

Fax: 0030 24210 77115

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Web: www.acadimia.gr


Short description of the Institution:

The Academy for Theological Studies of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias is a local Church Institution that functions as an open forum of thought and dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the broader scholarly community of intellectuals worldwide. The constant aim of the Academy for Theological Studies has been the collaboration and cooperation with other institutions for a joint discussion of problems and challenges of our time, in a spirit of respect for each other’s differences. Thus the Academy has collaborated with various Institutions, Societies and Organizations like the Boston Theological Institute, the French Institute in Athens, the Drury University (USA), the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, the World Council of Churches, the Department of Orthodox Theology of the University of Munich, the Athens Pedagogical Institute, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the Association of Orthodox Women in Europe, the Faculty of Theology at Heidelberg University, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), the Ecumenical Youth Council of Europe (EYCE), the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), the Forum of European Muslim Youth Student Organization (FEMYSO), the Chair of Orthodox Theology of Munster University, the Program of Orthodox Christian Studies of Fordham University, the Romanian Institute INTER, the School of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Department of History-Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessalia and  the Municipal Centre of History in Volos, and a number of journals, academic magazines and publication houses.

Among the topics addressed by the Academy in previous academic years were: “Church and Eschatology”, “Orthodox Christianity and Modernity”, “Islam and Fundamentalism. Orthodox Christianity and Globalization”, “Orthodox Christianity and Otherness”, “Gender and Religion. The place of women in the Church”, “Women and religions: the problem of violence and fundamentalism”, “Theology and Literature”, “Theology and modern church architecture”, “The lesson of Religious Studies in Secondary Education as a lesson of identity and culture”, “Orthodox Christianity and Multiculturalism”, “The participation of the laity in Church life”, “Theology and Literature”, ‘the New Synaxarion: the lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”, “Church and State”, “History and Theology”,Wittgenstein and Apophatic Theology”, “ Orthodox women in the Ecumenical Movement. Past, Present, Future”, “Toward an Ecumenical Declaration of Just Peace and Reconciliation: An Orthodox Contribution”, “Biblical Liberation Theology, Patristic Theology and the Ambivalence of Modernity in Orthodox and Ecumenical Perspective”, “Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace”, “The place of religion in the Public Sphere”, “Eucharist, Church and the World”, “Neo-Patristic Synthesis or Post-Patristic Theology? Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual?” etc. Fruit of the above efforts are a number of publications.

Finally, the Academy in collaboration with the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias has established an online digital Orthodox theological library (www.imlibrary.gr) with free access to books, scholarly reviews and periodicals, collected works, monographs and theological essays, as well as links to other on line digital libraries and websites. Abstracts of all this material are available in Greek, English and French.