• Berge Traboulsi

    Associate Professor of History, Religion, and Intercultural Studies at Haigazian University

    Berge Traboulsi is an Antiochian Orthodox theologian and Associate Professor of History, Religion and Intercultural Studies at Haigazian University, Beirut-Lebanon. He holds a Doctorate in Theology (Major: Church History) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece (1997); his dissertation was on “The Uniatism in the Patriarchate of Antioch and the Relations between the Orthodox and Uniates in Lebanon (1722-1848).” Moreover, he has an MBA from The Arab Open University-Lebanon/The Open University-UK (2017). He is a member of ‘The International Orthodox Theological Association’ [IOTA], ‘The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology’ [ESSSAT], and ‘The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies’ [ESITIS]. During the last 25 years, he has presented academic papers at international conferences, given public lectures, and published academic papers at refereed publications. He has appeared on local and regional TV stations on issues related to "Human Rights," "Politics in the Middle East," "Religious Tolerance," and "Political and Social Change in Lebanon."

    Berge Traboulsi is leading the "Orthodox Reform" initiative at the Patriarchate of Antioch, with Facebook as its main platform (2013 – till present). In the International Colloquium on “RE:FORMATIONS↔MODERNITIES↔ORTHODOXIES” in Rome-Italy (November 2017), he gave a presentation on “Toward a ‘Continuous Reform’ in the Orthodox Church.” Moreover, he presented a paper on “Toward Reforming the Office of the Bishop in the Orthodox Church: The Importance of Modern Leadership Development” at IOTA’s Inaugural Conference in Iaşi-Romania (January 2019). Last but not least, his paper on “Eastern Orthodoxy and Glocal Sustainability: Towards Shaping a Modern Church Organizational Culture” which was presented at ESSSAT 2022 Conference on “Global Sustainability: Science and Religion in Dialogue” in Ålesund-Norway (May 2022) is currently under publication by Springer.

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Eastern Orthodoxy and Church Reform

“Church reform” has always been a taboo in the Orthodox Church; it has a negative connotation in some traditionalistic circles. Actually, there are many elements that strengthen stagnation and promote anti-reform tendencies, such as the claim of unity, stability, identity, psychological and spiritual factors, catholicity and universality, synodality, solidarity and collegiality, sameness, traditionalism, and others....
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