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"Living Liturgy - Orthodox Perspectives on Social Engagement"


11-13 November 2011

Konfessionskundliches Institut

Bensheim

 

Life and teaching in the Orthodox Church are concentrated on the Divine Liturgy. Even the term “orthodox”, understood as correct worship of God, points towards a practice of faith and devoutness which is focused on liturgy. Being a Christian from an Orthodox point of view therefore can be described as “life out of liturgy”.

 

In the Divine Liturgy the earthly and heavenly realities are brought together and related to one another. Through the means of iconography as well as of a meaningful and evident action, the divine history of salvation is brought to life. Thus, the Eucharist images Christ’s timeless heavenly sacrifice. Through worship and participation in the liturgy the believers are included into the salvific event and are thereby transformed into a new life in Christ. Especially the Eucharistic meal allows the believers to have communion (koinonia/communio) with Christ and thereby creates communion with God and among the people.

 

A faith which develops through liturgy therefore cannot be detached from the sorrows and needs of fellow human beings and the world. Rather the liturgy is a source from which the service for the community and all of creation flows. The faith lived out and witnessed to in everyday life (martyria/diakonia) thus is described as “Liturgy after the Liturgy” by Orthodox theologians.

 

At the 23rd meeting of the Ecumenical Research Forum young researchers are invited to get a deeper understanding of the liturgical identity of the Orthodox Church and to discuss how the everyday life and work of Christians flows from the liturgical experience. What is social engagement in the context of Orthodox thinking and practice? How do Orthodox theologians draw on liturgy to explain Orthodox engagement in society? What does this mean for the interdenominational conversation and ecumenism?

 

In search of answers and perspectives…

 

Dr. Anna Briskina Müller, Orthodox and Protestant theologian, will explain the practice of ecclesiastical social work in the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday evening.

 

Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, Priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Director of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (Switzerland), will reflect on the social engagement of the Orthodox churches from a systematic-theological perspective.

 

Main speakers:

 

Dr. Anna Briskina-Müller (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca (Ökumenisches Institut Bossey)

 

Location:

 

Konfessionskundliches Institut Bensheim

Ernst-Ludwig-Str. 7
64625 Bensheim

 

www.ki-bensheim.de

 

Preliminary Schedule:

 

Friday, November 11

 

05:00 pm          Arrivals

06:00 pm          Supper

06:45 pm          Introduction of the "Konfessionskundliches Institut Bensheim" – Welcoming by host

07:15 pm          Getting to know each other

07:45 pm          Short introduction of the main theme

08:00 pm          Anna Briskina-Müller (in German)

08:30 pm          Discussion

09:30 pm          Reception at Konfessionskundliches Institut

10:30 pm          Transfer to Christoffel-Blindenmission

 

Saturday, November 12

 

08:00 am          Morning prayer

08:30 am          Breakfast

09:15 am          Ioan Sauca: "Serving the Liturgy at the Altar of the World -

Orthodox Perspectives on Social and Ecological Engagement" (in English)

10:45 am          Coffee break

11:00 am          Paper sessions I

12:15 pm          Lunch

02:00 pm          Paper sessions II

03:00 pm          Coffee break

03:15 pm          Paper sessions III

04:15 pm          Coffee break

04:45 pm          Paper sessions IV

06:00 pm          Supper

07:00 pm          Future activities of AÖF-EREF

08:30 pm          Introduction into Orthodox Liturgy

 

Sunday, November 13

 

08:00 am          Breakfast

08:45 am          Trip to Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Greek-Orthodox Parish

09:15 am          Liturgy and meeting with parish priest

12:30 am          Departure from Darmstadt

 

 

Paper sessions


Sprache

Name

Titel

I.) 11:15-12:15 am/pm

I.1

German

Sergii Bortnyk

Eucharistische Ekklesiologie bei John Zizioulas

I.2

English

Stefanita Barbu

 

“One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”: An Investigation of the Orthodox Perspectives on Baptism and their Ecumenical Significance

II.) 02:00-03:00 pm

II.1

German

Julia Lis

Antiwestliche Stereotype in der Orthodoxie im Balkan

II.2

German

Christoph Mühl

Rechtfertigungslehre in den ökumenischen Dialogen mit russisch-orthodoxer Beteiligung

III.) 03:15-04:15 pm

III.1

German

Irena Pavlović

(De-)eskalierende Kriegskommunikation der Kirchenpresse der SOK in den postjugoslawischen Kriegen (1991-95)?

III.2

English

Miriam Haar

 

Ecumenical Dialogues on the Apostolicity of the Church

IV.) 04:45-05:45 pm

IV.1

German

Mihai Iordache

Die Konzeption der Freiheit bei Emil Brunner, Karl
Barth und Rudolf Bultmann. Eine orthodoxe Evaluation

IV.2

German

Joshua Searle

Eine verlorene Stimme in der Ökumene? Einheit der Kirche aus baptistischer Sicht