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