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Monday, March 4 • 08:30 - 10:30
#4/311 – Orthodox Unity: What are the real obstacles for unity between non-Chalcedonian and Chalcedonian Churches?

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In the 20th century Nikos Nissiotis and Paul Verghese found a unique friendship as colleagues in the World Council of Churches that expanded beyond their own personalities and gave them the opportunity to initiate four unofficial dialogues (1964, 1967, 1970, 1971), which were followed by four official dialogues (1985, 1987, 1989, 1993). All of the consultations ended in a common agreement on Christology, and with a final suggestion of lifting the anathemas (1993 in Chembésy, Geneva) Research has also given credit to the official dialogue, where the Christological positions in fact are similar but distorted through a continuous misrepresentation on both sides. So the question is what are the reasons for a continued division today? In the panel we have an expertise of scholars, who have been working on the issue in the last decade.

  • Michael Hjälm (Stockholm School of Theology / Sankt Ignatios Academy)

  • Michael Hjälm (Stockholm School of Theology / Sankt Ignatios Academy) - Ecclesiology from Below. A Critical Theological Assessment of the Reception by the Byzantine Churches of the Conflict of Chalcedon 451
  • Cyril Hovorun (Loyola Marymount University / Huffington Ecumenical Institute) - Unity after Chalcedon: Possible or Impossible?
  • Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin (Stockholm School of Theology) - Encounters on the Road: Towards Reconciling the Estranged Members of the (Eastern/Oriental) Orthodox Family
  • Davor Dzalto (American University of Rome) - Unity: Between Orthodoxy and (Political) Orthopraxy

Language: English


Davor Dzalto

American University of Rome

Michael Hjälm

Stockholm School of Theology / Sankt Ignatios Academy

Cyril Hovorun

Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin

Salzburg Syriac Programme / Sankt Ignatios Academy

  • Language English
  • Language English

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