The Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church

An Impetus for Ecumenical Collaboration

April 6, 2022
2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library Map

The Russian war against Ukraine has underscored the critical importance of ecumenical collaboration in the service of peace and justice. The year 2020 saw Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's endorsement of a landmark statement, "For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church." The product of years of reflection on the biblical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of Orthodox social teaching, the statement relates the resources of Orthodox tradition to contemporary challenges ranging from peace and security to climate change and refugees.

Against the backdrop of the terrible war in Europe, Georgetown University convened a conference to examine the significance of the statement for Catholic-Orthodox relations and ecumenical collaboration more widely. A first panel compared the declaration and its core themes with Catholic social thought, exploring points of commonality and differences of emphasis. The second panel addressed new opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith collaboration around issues of peace and social justice, building on the dynamic international witness and diplomacy exemplified by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Office of the President and its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

Public Health Measures: This event took place in-person on the Georgetown University campus. All visitors were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to attested to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated.


Wednesday, April 6

2:30-2:45 p.m. EDT | Introductions

John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
Rev. John Chryssavgis​, Ecumenical Patriarchate

2:45-4:00 p.m. EDT | The Orthodox Social Ethos and Catholic Social Thought

Kim Daniels, Georgetown University (Chair)
Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J.​, Georgetown University
Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University
Rev. Perry Hamalis, North Central College

4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT | Coffee Break

4:30-5:45 p.m. EDT | Horizons for Catholic-Orthodox Collaboration on Global Issues

José Casanova, Georgetown University (Chair)
Kristina Stoeckl​, University of Innsbruck
Gayle Woloschak, Northwestern University
Rev. Nicolas Kazarian, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

5:45-6:30 p.m. EDT | Reception

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