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HOLY CROSS GREEK ORTHODOX SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY WILL HOST AN INTERNATIONAL ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE TO ADRESS THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD, ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICTS

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July 8, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Harriet Kuliopulos, Director of Public Relations
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, (617) 850-1259
Date: July 8, 2002

Brookline: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is please to announce that it will host an International Conference on "The Orthodox Churches in a Pluralistic World: An Ecumenical Conversation." The Conference is jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches, and presented in cooperation with the Boston Theological Institute and Harvard Divinity School's Initiatives in Religion and Public Life. The dates are October 3-5, 2002. .

The conference in entitled "The Orthodox Churches in Pluralistic world: An Ecumenical Conversation." Its primary purpose is to explore the mission and public presence of the Orthodox Churches in a pluralistic world. In conversation with other Christian theologians, social scientists, and Church hierarchs the Conference will explore how the Orthodox churches have contributed in the past, and can continue in the present and the future, to work towards the reconciliation of communities which find themselves in violent opposition to one another for ethnic, racial, political, economic and religious differences.

The conference will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, October 3rd, with a welcome from the President of Holy Cross, Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, followed by the keynote address on the Orthodox Church in a Pluralistic World by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. On Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., Dr. Richard Falk will address the conference on globalization and religion. On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Dr. Konrad Raiser, will address the conference on violence and religion.

Friday and Saturday presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m. on both days, and will address issues of globalization, human rights, nationalism and ethnic conflicts, Orthodox spirituality and social activism, Christian missions in a global world, reconciliation and forgiveness, and the Orthodox Churches' interactions with the modern world. Presentations will be given by Dr. Richard Falk, Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University; Christos Yannaras, Professor at Panteion University (Greece); Dr. David Little, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School; His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Moldavia and Bukovina (Romania); Dr. Diana Eck, Professor and Director of Pluralism Projects at Harvard University; Dr. Petros Vassiliadis, Professor at the University of Thessalonike (Greece); Professor Christopher Duraisingh, Otis Charles Professor of Applied Theology, Episcopal Divinity School; Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Professor and Associate Director of the Institute on Religion and World Affairs at Boston University; Dr. Rodney L. Petersen, Executive Director, Boston Theological Institute; Rev. Kwame Labi of the Community and Justice Mission, World Council of Churches; Teny Pirri-Simonian of the World Council of Churches; Rev. Dr. Stanley Harakas, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology Emeritus, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross; Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Professor of Theology, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Clapsis, Dean of Holy Cross School of Theology.

The President of Holy Cross, Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, commenting on the importance of the conference, stated that the community of Holy Cross is excited to host this international conference and to welcome the distinguished group of Christian theologians, hierarchs, and scholars who will address and deliberate on the Church's mission in a highly complex and pluralistic world. Such a conference demonstrates that Holy Cross is a recognized center of theological thought and of ecumenical commitment, which reflects the dialogical ethos of Orthodoxy.

The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Maliotis Cultural Center on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA. To register and for further information, please contact Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology at (617) 850-1213, or by fax at (617) 850-1460. Information can also be obtained on the HC/HC website at www.hchc.edu.