17. May 07 - 20. May 07

International Conference on Forgiveness, Peace and Reconciliation

Volos, Greece


This event is sponsored by Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Boston Theological Institute, and World Council of Churches.


The programme of the conference can be downloaded here.


The Academy for Theological Studies of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias functions as an open forum of thought and dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the broader scholarly community of intellectuals worldwide. In its effort to foster interdisciplinary and inter-religious understanding, the Academy has been organizing a series of studies, international seminars, congresses, round tables and publications. In order to meet this objective, the Academy for Theological Studies has collaborated with numerous other institutions, jointly addressing problems and challenges of our time, in a spirit of respect for each other's differences. Thus the Academy has collaborated with institutions like the French Institute in Athens, the Drury University (USA), the Bossey Ecumenical Institute (World Council of Churches), the Department of Orthodox Theology of the University of Munich, the Athens Pedagogical Institute, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the Association of Orthodox Women in Europe, the Municipal Centre of History in Volos, and a number of journals, academic magazines and publications houses. As a result of this scholarly activity, the city of Volos no less than the Diocese of Demetrias itself, have become an international meeting point of Encounter and Dialogue.


Among the topics addressed by the Academy for Theological Studies in previous academic years are the following: "Church and Eschatology", "Orthodoxy and Modernity", "Islam and Fundamentalism-Orthodox Christianity and Globalization", "Orthodox Christianity and Otherness", "Gender and Religion. The place of women in the Church", "Women and religions: the Problem of Violence and Fundamentalism", "Theology and Literature", "Theology and Modern Church Architecture", "Orthodox Christianity and Education. Religious Instruction as an Inquiry in Identity and Culture", "Orthodox Christianity and Multiculturalism", "The participation of laity in Church life" , "State and Church".


The scholarly fruits of these conferences have been published in the following titles: Church and Eschatology (Athens: Kastaniotis Publications), 2003; Islam and Fundamentalism-Orthodox Christianity and Globalization (Athens: Indiktos Publications), 2004; Gender and Religion. The place of women in the Church (Athens: Indiktos Publications), 2004; Religion and Literature (1st and 2nd part), included in the literary journal Nea Hestia (March 2004, and March 2005 respectively); Orthodox Theology in the 21st century, by Bishop of Diokleia Kallistos Ware, Senior Lecturer at Oxford University, (Athens: Indiktos Publications), 2005; Prolegomena on Orthodox Christianity and Modernity, by Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, (Athens: Indiktos Publications), 2007; Orthodox Christianity and Modernity (Athens: Indiktos Publications), 2007. Forthcoming publications of papers presented in previous conferences in our Academy include Critical Approaches to the Theological Generation of the 60's, Orthodoxy and Multiculturalism, The participation of Laity in Church life, Church and State, etc.


For the academic year 2006-2007, the Academy for Theological Studies, true to its tradition for cutting-edge scholarly conferences, aims to address the urgent issue of: "Orthodoxy and Islam. Islam in Europe". In a series of parallel events, such as conferences, interdisciplinary workshops, and seminars, the Academy will also discuss the following topics: "Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace" (in collaboration with the World Council of Churches and the Boston Theological Institute), "Tradition and Orthodox Christianity", "Wittgenstein and Apophatic theology", etc.


Finally, the Academy for Theological Studies, in collaboration with the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias and the Conference Center of Thessaly, is now establishing an on-line Orthodox digital theological library, with free access to books, scholarly reviews and magazines, collective works, monographs and theological essays, with abstracts of this material available in Greek, English and French, and with links to other on-line digital libraries and websites.

Thessalia Conference Centre
Melissiatika, 385 00 Volos

You can now follow the meeting on-line
through the radio station "Orthodoxi Martyria", (104 FM) live on www.imdradio.gr and send comments to our e-mail (see below)

Tel. 0030-24210-32561
Fax. 0030-24210-77115
Postal Address:
PO Box 1308, Zip code 38001 Volos, Greece

Website: www.imd.gr

Director :
Pantelis Kalaitzidis

Academic Team:
Theofilos Ampatzidis
Arsenis Arsenakis
Anastasia Vassiliadou
Nikos Ntontos

Secretariat-Public Relations:
Nikos Varalis

Kindly Sponsored by
General Secretariat of Youth,
Institut francais d' Athenes

Communication Sponsor:
Newspaper "THESSALIA"


More information can be found on http://www.imd.gr/