Professor Meyendorff Attends International Conference on Ecclesiology and Nationalism

24–27 May 2012 • Off-campus Event

Professor Paul Meyendorff, speaking at the Volos Academy conference.Professor Paul Meyendorff, speaking at the Volos Academy conference.On May 24-27, 2012, Professor Paul Meyendorff, The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir's, attended a conference with the theme "Ecclesiology and Nationalism in Post-Modern Era" at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies in Volos, Greece. Dr. Meyendorff presented a paper entitled "Ethnophyletism, Autocephaly, and National Churches: A Theological Approach and Ecclesiological Implications."

The well-attended conference brought together theologians and scholars from several countries, including Russia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, England, Germany, and the Middle East, for a fruitful discussion of the complex issues raised by nationalism and ethnophyletism as related to church life, both in traditionally Orthodox countries and also in the West. Noted speakers included Metropolitans John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon and Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. The proceedings were broadcast live on the web TV channel, and on the "Orthodox Witness" Radio Station of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias.

Read more about the conference (English-language page) and see more photos, here.