We are pleased to announce that this term we will hold a new series of public access lectures. In each of these lectures a member of our teaching staff speaks about a subject in which they have particular expertise in a way that non-specialists can readily understand. These lectures are a wonderful way to access the experience and knowledge of some of the leading scholars in Orthodox tradition and theology working today. This term, the theme of the series is ecclesiology, and will focus on the identity and purpose of the Church.
The Church is often the source of great pride and joy for Christians and the object of our love. It is in the church that our faith is nurtured and developed, and it is through the Church that we grow and learn as Christians. But what actually is the Church and what is it for? Even more importantly, does the Church today serve its God-given role within God’s world? What is the relation of the Church to politics, to culture and to issues such as justice, democracy and human rights. How should ministry be practiced in today’s Church and what is the relation between our conciliar structures and democracy? These are the questions which probe at our understanding of the nature and identity of the Church and allow us to critically reflect on its life today. In an attempt to answer such questions, each of our lecturers will examine a different facet of the life of the Church and bring that aspect under the scrutiny of their particular area of scholarly expertise.
Here is the full program:
Thursday, February 4th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Professor Cyril Hovorun, Scaffolds of the Church (online lecture)
Thursday, February 18th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Michael Hjälm, The Church as an Imperial Republic and Beyond (online lecture)
Thursday, March 4th, 1pm-2.30pm. Dr Sara Gehlin. Conciliarism and Democracy (online lecture)
Thursday, March 18th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Adriana Bara. Ministry in the Church (online lecture)
Thursday, April 8th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Professor Davor Džalto. Political Theology: The Sacralization of the Secular and (Post)Modern (Il)Liberal Paradigms (online/on campus lecture)
Thursday, April 15th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Professor Cyril Hovorun. Public Theology (online/on campus lecture)
Thursday, April 22nd, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Michael Hjälm. Public Ecclesiology (online/on campus lecture)
Thursday, May 6th, 1pm to 2.30pm. [Name presented later]. Islam and the West (online/on campus lecture)
Thursday, May 20th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Sara Gehlin, Global Engagement (on campus lecture)
Thursday, May 27th, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Michael Hjälm. Religion and Public Diplomacy (on campus lecture)
Thursday, June 3rd, 1pm to 2.30pm. Dr Sofia Camnerin. Ecumenical Global Diplomacy (on campus lecture)