News of the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology

Australian Honorary Doctorate for Fr John Behr

Bishop Suriel, Chancellor of St. Athanasius College (SAC) in Melbourne, announced that the University of Divinity of which SAC is part, will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity on the Very Revd Dr John Behr for his exceptional contribution to patristic theological scholarship and demonstrated commitment to building partnerships across the theological world, including with the University of Divinity through St Athanasius College.

The Doctor of Divinity (DD) is the highest academic honour the University bestows and is our oldest continuing award, founded in 1910. This is the first time the University has awarded an honorary degree since it attained University status, and the first time the degree of DD has been awarded since 2008. The ceremony will be held at Eporo Tower in Melbourne on Tuesday 22 August.

Bishop Suriel was in Amsterdam in March for a meeting about Orthodox education.

Symposium on Orthodox pastoral care and sexuality

From 7 to 9 June, the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam hosted an invited international group of Orthodox theologians and pastors to reflect on a wide range of matters concerning human sexuality as addressed by science and natural law, theological anthropology, legal issues, psychology, and pastoral care. This was an GroepfotoSymposiumJune2017opportunity for scholars and pastors to share work that they have been doing with their colleagues, in a conversation about how the Orthodox Churches might consider and respond to current pastoral questions while remaining faithful to Christ, the Gospel and Orthodox Christian Tradition. The dialogue was collegial and fruitful, offering each of those present food for thought in their continuing work and ministry.

Participants were: Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Western America (Serbian Orthodox Church), Nikolaos Asproulis (Volos Academy), Fr. Michael Bakker (ACOT), Fr. John Behr (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, ACOT), Brandon Gallaher (University of Exeter), Edith Humphrey (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), Fr John  Jillions (SVOTS), Pantelis Kalaitzidis, (Volos Academy), Fr. Philip LeMasters (McMurry University, SVOTS), Fr. Joan Lena (ACOT), Fr. Andrew Louth (Emeritus Durham University, ACOT), Fr. Nicolae Mosoiu (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu), Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University), Fr Vasileios Thermos (University of Athens), Gayle Woloschak (Northwestern University, SVOTS).

The symposium contributes to the courses of the master and post-master programmes of the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology.