Tag: International Orthodox Theological Association

The Church Meets in Volos
Education and Academia

The Church Meets in Volos A Non-Academic’s Impressions of the Second IOTA Mega-Conference

I arrived in Volos a day early so my family could get settled into our Airbnb and immediately felt a certain hesitation about the days ahead. As a priest of the Orthodox Church in America pastoring and preaching in a parochial, domesticated way for 30+ years, I am used to depending on easily accessible basic…

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Searching for Social Ethics
Ethics, Theology

Searching for Social Ethics

The International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) as the largest meeting of Orthodox theologians from all over the world was a remarkable event not only for the Orthodox world but also for a Catholic theologian engaged with Orthodox theology. As my own research focuses on (Russian) Orthodox socio-ethical thinking, and current issues of the good life…

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Academics for the Church: A Father-Son Reflection on IOTA
Education and Academia, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Academics for the Church: A Father-Son Reflection on IOTA

by Fr. Marc Dunaway and Benjamin Dunaway This post is a two-part reflection by a father and son who traveled from Alaska to attend the inaugural conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) in Iasi, Romania. Fr. Marc Dunaway Many Christians are suspicious of “academic theologians,” and this is understandable. I remember as a young…

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Engaging Orthodox Theology
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

Engaging Orthodox Theology

by Robert Saler There are two dangers that Western theologians such as myself face when engaging  Eastern orthodox theology: exoticism and over-familiarity. My ongoing work as a Lutheran ecumenical observer at the International Orthodox Theological Association (first at its initial planning meeting in Jerusalem, and then recently at the full conference in Iasi, Romania) has…

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Making Church History in Romania
Inter-Orthodox Relations

Making Church History in Romania

When I introduced Metropolitan Kallistos Ware at the International Orthodox Theological Association’s (IOTA) inaugural conference Opening Ceremony in Iaşi, Romania earlier this month, I told a story about my father—the son of Russian immigrants to West Virginia in the early twentieth century—and how his perception of Orthodoxy was expanded by His Eminence when they met…

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The IOTA Moment
Global Orthodoxy, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The IOTA Moment

  Just when we all thought that global Orthodoxy was in a state of deep crisis, God had a surprise for us. Indeed, when four member churches of the Orthodox global family rejected the invitation of Patriarch Bartholomew to attend the Holy and Great Council of Crete, which had been in preparation for several decades,…

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The International Orthodox Theological Association: Conciliarity from Below
Global Orthodoxy, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The International Orthodox Theological Association: Conciliarity from Below

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский The Holy and Great Council of Crete (2016) demonstrated that pan-Orthodox gatherings are possible in our time. The Council also made manifest global Orthodoxy’s enduring tensions and divisions. The delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch did not attend the Council primarily because of its broken communion with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The delegation…

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A New Step Towards Pan-Orthodox Unity
Global Orthodoxy

A New Step Towards Pan-Orthodox Unity THE INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Jerusalem was an appropriate location for an international group of scholars to meet after the feast of Christ’s Nativity to present their vision of how Orthodox scholarship could engage more effectively with the issues of our contemporary world. A fifteen-minute walk from our hotel through the chic, modern shopping arcades of downtown Jerusalem brought us…

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