SERIES OF WEBINARS
25.01.2021-14.06.2021, ZOOM
Meeting ID: 871 6141 0979
Password: 290640
LIVING CHRISTIANITY TODAY –
LOVING CHRISTIANITY TOMORROW
Series of webinars tackling difficult topics of today's life. Topics include human sexuality, the place of women in the church today, problematics behind Christian/religious identity, such as calendar, ethnicity, cultural references and many other interesting, difficult and acutely timely topics.
THE REASON FOR WEBINARS
The reason for these series is to open a discussion and to stay tuned to the life of now, to the concerns of modernity as a way of living Christianity, and as a Christian response to the world's questions and challenges. By offering our Christian witness to the world today we aim to counter oppose the dividing tendencies to be inward looking and very localised, often losing the track of our common Christianity, common humanity and a common witness.
THE AIM FOR SERIES OF WEBINARS
The series of webinar discussions aim to address the issues of common concerns as means of facilitating an open discussion. By addressing the controversial topics in a non-argumentative way, these webinars aim to offer an educational initiative. Its goal is to find a way to look at the problems and challenges of the modern world as learning tools in exploring our common humanity, as well as a possibility of our growth and further understanding of the complexities of human existence.
VARIETY OF TOPICS IN THE WEBINARS
These series offer six pilots of zoom webinars, each dedicated to a specifically chosen topic for a discussion. Selection of various topics gives an opportunity for an open discussion of some important questions, which are often surrounded by misunderstanding or misconceptions. By talking about these issues we aim to de-mythologise the stigmas often attached to them, and to get rid of the prejudiced or fear-inspired popular understanding of the subjects. Below is the table of the proposed topics for webinars.
LIVING CHRISTIANITY TODAY –
LOVING CHRISTIANITY TOMORROW
introductio
SPEAKERS
Guests speakers, panelists and contributors to the discussion from across the globe.
MODERATOR
Dr Elena Narinskaya
Professor
Thomas O'Loughlin
Professor
Mary Cunningham
Revd Prof Andrew Louth
Dr Alfred Osborne
Dr Andreas Andreopoulos
University of Winchester
Mr Aidan Hart
Icon painter
Dr Elizabeth Key Fowden
Jesus College Cambridge
Dr Edward Skidelsky
Exeter University
Prof Aristotle Papanikolaou
Fordham University
Prof Ashley Purpura
Purdue University
MARILISSE MARS , LPC, MS
Petrichor Counseling, LLC in Duluth
Mr Misza Czerniak
Human activist
Dr Ouresis Todorovich
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD
Lecturer in Global Humanities and Religions, Western Washington University
Adjunct Professor, Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary
Revd Dr Ian Graham
Parish Priest, Oxford, UK
Revd Dr Cyril Hovorun
Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University
Rabbi Sybil Sheridan,
UK
Rabbi Professor Nicholas de Lange
Cambridge University
WEBINARS PROGRAM
1. WEBINAR
CREATING
ICONS OF CONTEMPORARY SAINTS

25.01.2021

What are the challenges of creating the icons of contemporary saints?

What are the possible solutions to the existing problems?

SPEAKERS
Prof Elizabeth Fowden (Classics)
Prof Cornelia Tsakiridou (Philosopher)
Mr Aidan Heart (Iconographer)
Dr Ouresis Todorovich (Iconographer)
Dr Aleksandras Aleksejevas (Iconographer)
Revd Dr Andreas Andreopoulos (Theologian)
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. What is your definition of an icon.
2. What is its purpose and use?
3. What are the problematic issues with producing an iconographic images of contemporary saints, i.e. the ones we have photographs of, the onew whose blue colours of the eyes we saw, their outfits and so on and so forth.
4. What are the solutions to the identified problematic of producing iconographic images of contemporary saints?
2. WEBINAR
UNDERSTANDING THE CALENDAR
AS A WAY OF SEARCHING
FOR A RELIGIOUS IDENTITY

22.02.2021

Ideology as a vehicle
for identity rather than identity as a vehicle
of faith, Ethnical Christianity, Religion
as a cultural identity,
Calendar as a clear
divide of who
is in and who is out.


SPEAKERS

Dr Alfred Osborne

Prof Mary Cunningham

Prof Thomas O'Loughlin

Sr Dr Vassa Larin

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION


1. The didactic message of the webinar is to give a historical scale of the problems behind different Religious calendars.
Allow the understanding of how religious calendars shape religious identities.
Further, understand divisions based on one's loyalties to one or the other religious calendar.

2. Following questions will be addressed in the discussion:
How religious calendars shape/influence religious identity?
How can one learn to prioritise one's loyalties: where is the religious calendar located on the scale of priorities, and where is the Gospel message?

How can one avoid confronting various Religious Calendars, and learn to understand one's loyalties and one's priorities?
How religious calendars shape religious Identity, create boundaries and security about one's religious identity and affiliation?

How can one find a deeper understanding of different calendars that supports Christian unity rather than testifies to the division and disagreement among various Christian groups?

3. WEBINAR
HUMAN
SEXUALITY

22.03.2021

What constitutes human Sexuality?

What is the 'purpose' of human Sexuality in many aspects/expressions/ capacities of human life,
I. E. relationships, church, mental health etc.

Why is it so difficult to talk about Sexuality in the Church?

What are the real problematics/dramas/traumas of not talking about Sexuality in the church?

What is the most effective way / context of talking about Sexuality in the church?

SPEAKERS

Mr Misha Chernyak (Human activist)

Revd Dr Ian Graham (Parish priest)

Prof Mary Cunnigham (Theologian)

Prof Aristotle Papanikolaou (Theologian)

Prof Ashley Purpura (Religious Studies)

Marilisse Mars, LPC, MS (Psychotherapist)

Dr Edward Skidelsky (Philosopher)

FURTHER QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

1. What is its purpose in this life and in the life ever after?

2. Voluntary and involuntary celibacy: pros and cons.
The purpose of one and the other.

3. Sexual conduct: mismatch between inheritance and modernity.

4. WEBINAR
LIVING CHRISTIANITY
AS A WOMAN

19.04.2021

Fear, prejudice, gender discrimination,
Book on Ordination of women in Orthodox Christian Theology

SPEAKERS

Revd Dr Gabrielle Thomas

Mary Cunningham

Prof Carry Federick Frost

Dr Sr Vassa Larin

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
5. WEBINAR
CHALLENGES
OF MODERNITY

17.05.2021

SPEAKERS

Metropolitan Kallistos

Revd Dr Cyril Hovorun

Prof Aristotle Papanikolaou (Theologian)

Dr Sr Vassa Larin

Revd Prof Andrew Louth

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

6. WEBINAR
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN-JEWISH DIALOGUE
14.06.2021

Being so close and yet so very far away (lonely and hostile religions of ours)

Personal Experience of the several decades of facilitating the dialogue gatherings in Cambridge

Announcing the book on the Orthodox Christian-Jewish responses to the challenges of Modernity


SPEAKERS

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan

Prof Rabbi Nicholas de Lange

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

WEBINAR
#1 CREATING ICONS OF CONTEMPORARY SAINTS
#2 UNDERSTANDING THE CALENDAR
AS A WAY OF SEARCHING
FOR A RELIGIOUS IDENTITY
WEBINAR
#3 HUMAN SEXUALITY
#4 LIVING CHRISTIANITY AS A WOMAN
#5 CHALLENGES OF MODERNITY
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