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program of the 4th Nelcee conference

 

PROGRAMME FOR THE 4nd NELCEE CONSULTATION

 

at European Humanities University in Vilnius Lithuania,

 

14th until 17th of October 2014

 

“Christian theology in a new key: Practical Examples, Innovative Models and Modern Challenges of the ecumenical learning and theology in Central and Eastern Europe. The ‘Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism’ as a case study”

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 14th

 

Arrival of participants

 

19:00 Dinner

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 15th

 

8:00 Breakfast

 

9:00 Session I

 

9:00 – 9:25: Introduction to the topic of the conference - NELCEE Activity Report (Nikolaos Asproulis,Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Volos, Greece in collaboration with the former coordinator Stefan Tobler, Institute of Ecumenical Research, IERS)

 

Guest Lecture

 

9:25 - 9:55: Theological Education in Africa: current issues and non-issues for cross-contextual comparison (Christo Lombaard, University of South Africa)

 

9:55 – 10:25The positive doctrine about the Church status in the contemporary world according the canonical law of Russian Orthodox Church(Oleg Bresky, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania)

 

10:25-10:45 Coffee break

 

10:45 Session II

 

10:45 – 11:10The place of practice in the studies of Theology. Ecumenical aspects (Laima Geikina, University of Riga, Latvia)

 

11:10 – 11:40The Challenges of Theological Education in Multi-Religious Ukraine (Irina Khromets, Kiev-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine)

 

11:40 – 12:10Public discourse on religious education in Belarus: confessional, ecumenical, patriotic? (Natallia Vasilevich, Centre “Ecumena” Minsk, Belarus)

 

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

 

13:30 Session III

 

13:30 – 14:00Christian theology in the higher education institutions of Georgia (Shorena Parunashvili, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Teaching University, Georgia)

 

14:00 – 14:30Institutional and Mystical Dimension of Ecumenism: How to Think Oneness of the Church without Politics (Davor Dzalto, The Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity in Belgrade, Serbia)

 

14:30 – 15:00Problems and challenges of theological education in Russia (Alexei Bodrov, St. Andrew’s Orthodox Biblical Insitute, Moscow, Russia)

 

15:00-15:20 Coffee break

 

15:20 Session IV

 

15:20 – 15:50 Evolutions in confessional, ecumenical and religious education in the primary and secondary school level. The Swiss model(Stefan Constantinescu, Institute for Ecumenical Studies, University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

 

15:50 – 16:20Ecumenism needs spirituality(Stefan Tobler, Institute of Ecumenical Research, IERS, Sibiu, Romania)

 

16:20-16:40Coffee break

 

16:40 – 17:10Ecumenical Aspects in the Exegesis of the New Testament (Péter Balla, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Hungary)

 

17:10 – 17:40True Friendship: Learning from the Ecumenical Conversations between Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar. (Stephen Garrett (Issa Institute, Vilnius Lithuania)

 

17:40 – 18.10Deconstructing the Debates Rift: Sociological and Theological Argumentation on Human Rights in Eastern Europe (Olga Breskaya, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania)

 

18.10 – 18.40Publicly Acknowledged Theological Education in the Service of the Church and Society in Eastern Europe: An Example from Tallinn (Randar Tasmuth, Tallinn Estonia)

 

18.40-19.10 (topic reserved) Ingmar Kurg (Tallinn Estonia)

 

19.30Dinner

 

 

 

Thursday 16th October

 

Topic: Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism. Resources for Theological Education. As a case study

 

8:00 Breakfast

 

9:00 Session I

 

Presentation of the Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism. Background, basic axes and future perspectives (Nikolaos Asproulis)

 

Groups discussion regarding various practical examples and innovative models of Orthodox (and Christian in general) courses on ecumenism, and reflect on the effective actualization of this ecumenical ethos in a wider perspective (All the participants in collaboration with University students and other educators or ecumenists).

 

10:45 Coffee break

 

11:15 Session II

 

Groups discussion regarding various practical examples and innovative models of Orthodox (and Christian in general) courses on ecumenism, and reflect on the effective actualization of this ecumenical ethos in a wider perspective (All the participants in collaboration with University students and other educators or ecumenists).

 

13:00– 14:30 Lunch

 

15:00-17:30 Guided tour through Vilnius

 

18:00-19:00 Conclusions-Future perspectives of NELCEE network (Members of the network)

 

19:30   Dinner

 

 

 

Friday 17th October

 

8:00Breakfast/Departures

 

 

 

The 4th New Nelcee conference

 

NELCEE is planning to organize in collaboration with European Humanities University in Vilnius Lithuania, its third international conference, next October (2014). Thus, following its basic working principles and priorities, and the chain of the two previous successful consultations, the NELCEE network will continue to organize events dealing with the problems and challenges of the ecumenical learning and undertake important initials of communicating the ecumenical ethos in the Central and Eastern Europe.

 

 

Topic: “Christian theology in a new key: Practical Examples and Innovative Models of the ecumenical learning and theology in Central and Eastern Europe. The ‘Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism’ as a case study”.

 

 

Dates-Place:

A two - day conference, in Vilnius Lithuania, 14-17 of October 2014

New coordiantion of Nelcee network

After the last consultation of NELCEE network in Tallinn (entitled “The Challenges of Teaching Ecumenical Theology in Central and Eastern Europe”, October, 11-14, 2012), and during the first semester of 2013, a substantial change was decided as regards the coordination of the network. After many years of a very successful and fruitful coordination by the Centrul de Cercetare Ecumenică Sibiu (CCES) in Romania (under the former and the current Director Dr. Ioan Ovidiu and Dr. Stefan Tobler, respectively), the coordination has now decided by the members to be undertaken by Volos Academy for Theological Studies, which was initially one of the co-founders of this network, since 2007. The working person in this task will be the member of the academic team of Volos Academy, Nikolaos Asproulis, (MTh, ABD.)

The 4th International Nelcee conference, 2014

NELCEE is planning to organize in collaboration with European Humanities University in Vilnius Lithuania, its fourth international conference, next October (2014). Thus, following its basic working principles and priorities, and the chain of the two previous successful consultations, the NELCEE network will continue to organize events dealing with the problems and challenges of the ecumenical learning and undertake important initials of communicating the ecumenical ethos in the Central and Eastern Europe.

More information will be uploaded in the next period.

 

 

 

Doctoral Seminar in Prague

An international academic seminar of doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars on the central theme “The Presence or the Absence of Orthodox Theological Reflection in Contemporary Ideologies and Its Ecumenical Significance” was held in Prague, Czech Republic, from February 3-5. The seminar was organized by the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague (PTF), in conjunction with the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) and Jabok College. This conference constituted part of a broader academic program devoted to the issue “The Symbolic Mediation of Wholeness in Western Orthodoxy,” which was sponsored by the Czech government.

 

 

 

4/14 Window Global Summit in Singapore

Between 6th and 9th of September 2011 the “4/14 Window Global Movement” summit took place. More than 1000 delegates from 91 countries and representatives of the local Christian communities participated in the summit. The motto of this event – “Your sons and daughters will prophesy… your young men will see visions” (Joel 2,28) – found its expression in the purpose of the event: the discussion on the paths to mission and evangelization nowadays, particularly among youth and children. According to the Global Movement organizers, whose general meeting has already took place twice – New York 2009 and 2010 –, the age between 4 and 14 years is the most important period for perceiving the Christian faith. In this sense the evangelization cannot be separated from the charitable and social services for the weak in this world.

 

 

 

Institute for ecumenical research Sibiu

In the framework of its activities in the field of Ecumenical Learning and formation of theologians in an ecumenical spirit, IERS organises on 19th and 20th September a theological consultation with the topic The Ecumenical Ethos in the Theological Formation. Representatives of all the Theological Faculties belonging to the historical Churches in Romania (Orthodox, Roman-Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed and Greek-Catholic) are invited to take part in this event.

The consultation will be structured on three thematic blocks: Psychology and Communication, Theology, Infrastructure.