Seminar: The Orthodox and the Other
The second international seminar in the Oslo Coalition’s project on new directions in Orthodox Christian thought and practice, “The Orthodox and the Other”, was held at Lysebu, Oslo, on December 13–15, 2013.
Ten noted Orthodox theologians and intellectuals from Europe and North America gave papers and held vigorous discussions on relations between the Orthodox Churches, the state, and religious minorities, in history, theology, canon law, and current affairs.
Convened by professor Stig Frøyshov, working with program director Lena Larsen and project secretary Christian Moe, the seminar formed part of the Oslo Coalition’s new project exploring new directions in Orthodox thought, and followed up last year’s seminar on canonical territory.
Second-time participants noted the progress made, with more experts tackling a more fruitful range of topics at this year’s very successful seminar. Participants also suggested ways to make participation more inclusive and representative, and proposed several possible themes for the concluding seminar next year.
The experts came from institutions including the Moscow Spiritual Academy and Stt. Cyril and Methodius Postgraduate School (Russia), Fordham University and Yale University (the U.S.), Lund University and St. Ignatios Theological Academy (Sweden), St. Sergius Orthodox Institute (France), the Volos Academy and the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens (Greece), and the universities of Sherbrooke and Toronto (Canada).