Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Orthodox Theological Research Forum meets in Oxford

From the blog Londinoupolis, a post on the tenth annual Orthodox Theological Research Forum.

The Tenth Orthodox Theological Research Forum (OTRF) was held in Oxford, St. Edmund College, between 11 – 13 September. The theme of the Conference was on “Orthodoxy and Ethnicity”. The OTRF is a pan-Orthodox forum in which work by Orthodox Christian scholars in the various fields of theological studies is presented and discussed within the context of the ongoing tradition and contemporary theological education.

OTRF holds an annual two or three day conference, open to students in higher education, scholars and clergy, which provides an informal and relaxed opportunity for talks and discussion. Liturgical services (morning and evening) form an integral part of the conference meetings. So far ten conferences have been held, at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, the University of Durham, the University of Wales at Lampeter, the University of Winchester and the University of Oxford. For more information visit

The conference began with a talk by his Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos of DIokleia, ‘“Neither Jew nor Greek”: Catholicity and Ethnicity’. He explained that there are ethnic gifts within the one Church. The Church transcends all divisions. However, the modern practice is that the Orthodox Church is separated into territorial and not into ethnic Churches. Despite the fact that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has condemned phyletism (1872), it is understood that even Constantinople has fallen into its trap, since it is more Greek than Ecumenical. Nevertheless, God permits the diversity of nations, which has an eschatological value. We need to distinguish, however, that the term nation (ethnos) had a different meaning in the Bible and a different one in our epoch. On the other hand we see that during Pentecost the Apostles spoke many languages and we also have the example of Cyril and Methodios, who spread Orthodoxy to the Slavs in Slavonic; hence we have different ethnoi with their own cultures and language, distinguishing them from the others. The Metropolitan concluded by stating that, since we are baptised, we belong to a single holy nation, whilst of course being part of our secular nation...

Complete article here.


  1. Do you know if any lectures from this form will be offered on ancient faith radio or elsewhere (in audio or video form)?


    1. I don't and I doubt that they will be. I emailed in about it though.

    2. Here is one: