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St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris is organizing a workshop, "Nations and Nationalism: A Challenge to Orthodox Ecclesiology"
18.02.2013 13:42 18.02.2013 13:42
PARIS. St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris is organizing a workshop, "Nations and Nationalism: A Challenge to Orthodox ecclesiology» («Nations et nationalisme: un défi pour l'ecclésiologie orthodoxe»), which will be held from 26 February to 15 March under the chairmanship of Michel Stavrou and Pantelis Kalaizidis (Theological Academy in Volos, Greece). This is reported by French Orthodox site Orthodoxie.com, citing the secretariat of St Sergius.
Religious nationalism is today one of the most serious problems that the Orthodox Church must confront. Specific but very important aspects of the problem: identification of Church and nation; government and Church and ethno-cultural identity; Church and national ideology;
Church and state, and, therefore, the concept and the reality of being national Churches. All these factors, combined with the testimony of the Orthodox Church in the world regardless of particular national vision.
Due to the moe or less conscious replacement of the universal *mind of the church* [tserkovnost'] by a national criterion, the Orthodox Church has been faced in the last decade with deep schisms and divisions between the various national churches. But at the same time there is increasing evidence of the idea that the Orthodox Church is a "confederation of national churches." Meanwhile, as the positive principle of autocephaly is changing into *autocephalism*, the idea of self-sufficiency of each of the national churches, coupled with a lack of concern about how to manifest the unity of the Church. A manifestation of not of national and local nature of the Church and its unity and its universality is increasingly becoming a secondary concern for modern Orthodoxy, said the organizers of the seminar.
В течение первых четырех заседаний на семинаре будут последовательно рассмотрены в историческом и экклесиологическом планах следующие темы:
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