Τετάρτη, 30 Μαΐου 2018

MEETING THE PRESIDENT OF CENTRE CEMES, EMERITUS PROFESSOR PETROS VASSILIADIS WITH METROPOLITAN HILARION

Φωτογραφία του Petros Vassiliadis.
Φωτογραφία του Petros Vassiliadis

I express my sincere gratitude to His Eminence Metr. Hilarion of Volokolamsk for the discussion - and the exchange of views – regarding the most effective way of retaining Orthodox unity, with the contribution of the Orthodox Academic Theology, which we had at the office of the Church of the Joy of All Sorrows on Ordynka street, on the Sunday of Pentecost, after the Divine Liturgy he presided in. I also express my thanks to his Greek-speaking assistants, fr. Gregory Sokolov and Ivan Ilin for their help.

Most part of our discussion was devoted to the inter-Orthodox, inter-jurisdictional English speaking post-graduate program on Orthodox Ecumenical Theology. I explained to the Metropolitan that the program is mission-oriented, biblically and liturgically-based, with a primary intention to study the rich Orthodox Patristic tradition, but at the same time reflect on how this can be implemented in the 21st century. The program was designed to serve Orthodox unity, having students and professors from as many as possible Orthodox jurisdictions.
The Scientific Committee of the Program is planned to have renowned Academic hierarchs, who serve, or have served, as Rectors, Deans, Directors of Orthodox Academic Institutions: Metropolitans Kallistos (Oxford), John (Athens Academy), Nifor (Targoviste), Makarios (Κenya), Hilarion (Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Moscow), Elpidoforos (Chalki). 
As far as the students of the Program are concerned, for the credibility of the inter-Orthodox character of the Program it is suggested that all Orthodox Ecclesiastical jurisdictions send top theologians, and if possible contribute to the fees (3.000 euros for the entire program, courses, examinations, reading of the M.Th. thesis). 
The IHU has made provision of some scholarships, and some other ecclesiastical institutions have pledged extra scholarships. In addition, the dioceses of the greater area of Thessaloniki will offer hospitality at their hostels, so that the different Autocephalous Churches can easier contribute to their students’ travel expenses and university fees.
In consultation with the University authorities, after the first two years of its implementation, it was agreed the program – at least for a semester – to move to, and be hosted by, institutions of other jurisdictions, if they wish to, and have the necessary infra structure.
The participation of both professors and students from the Russian Orthodox Church is considered as of extreme importance. And for this reason, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion was kindly asked to bring this project to the attention of H.H. the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and of All Russia, as well as to all dioceses and Academic Institutions in Russia.
On the recommendation of Metropolitan of Targoviste Nifon, Patriarch Bartholomew will be asked to bring to the attention of the next Synaxis of the Primates, that a Permanent Theological Commission be set up, consisting of renowned Orthodox theologians, Hierarchs and lay theologians, with academic experience, if possible headed by a Primate, and the name of the Archbishop of Tirana and Albanian came to our mind.
Φωτογραφία του Petros Vassiliadis.