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<June 2019>


Conference in Preparation for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church
Co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center

Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27, 2015
Fordham School of Law | 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)│ New York, N.Y.

In 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated council.

This conference is a series of papers, panel discussions, and a research poster competition addressing several themes from the agenda for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church:

  • Autocephaly and Diaspora
  • The Canonical Impediments to Marriage
  • Ecumenical Relations
  • The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples
  • Fasting Regulations

Confirmed Speakers (list in formation):

  • Deacon Michael Azar, University of Scranton
  • Leslie A. Baynes, Missouri State University
  • Father Radu Bordeianu, Duquesne University
  • Peter Bouteneff, Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Father Lino Breda, Monastero di Bose, Italy
  • Will T. Cohen, University of Scranton
  • George E. Demacopoulos, Fordham University
  • Brandon Gallaher, University of Oxford
  • Deacon Paul L. Gavrilyuk, University of St. Thomas
  • Father Kondothra George, Joint Commission on Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches (India)
  • Jelisei Heikkilä, University of Helsinki
  • Monica Herghelegiu, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Volos Theological Academie and Catholic University of Leuven
  • Nicolas Kazarian, Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint Serge à Paris and the Catholic University of Paris
  • Father Philip LeMasters, McMurry University
  • Stephen Meawad, Duquesne University
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University
  • Ashley Purpura, Purdue University
  • Teva Regule, Boston College
  • Father Alexander Rentel, Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Father Anthony Roeber, Pennsylvania State University
  • A. Edward Siecienski, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • James C. Skedros, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • Father Rabee Toumi, Duquesne University
  • Paul Valliere, Butler University
  • Gayle E. Woloschak, Northwestern University
  • Nathaniel Wood, Fordham University

His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will present the Florovsky Lecture, the keynote of the conference. A scholar at the University of Oxford who lectures throughout the world, Metropolitan Kallistos resonates equally with laypersons and clerics, on both timeless mysteries and urgent contemporary concerns.

In his presentation of the 2005 Orthodoxy in America Lecture at Fordham, Ecological Crisis, Ecological Hope: The Orthodox Vision of Creation, His Eminence describes the Earth as a gift from God and cautions us not to allow selfishness to destroy its resources. His seminal books, The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way, are among the most frequently read volumes on Eastern Orthodoxy in the English language.

The Florovsky Lecture will be followed by a reception and exhibition of a juried competition of research posters.

The conference is hosting the Annual Meeting of OTSA and will include the regular business meeting for OTSA members at which officers will be elected.

Support for the conference provided by the Nicholas J. & Anna K. Bouras Foundation, Inc. and the Virginia H. Farah Foundation.

On-campus accommodation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book, click "register online" below. To stay at the nearby Empire Hotel, call 212-265-7400 and ask for the "Fordham rate" ($297 per night).

Registration for the conference is now closed.

For more information, contact Jake Braithwaite at 212-636-7501 or


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