‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

‘Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth’: A Symposium in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Madingley Hall, Cambridge, February 6–8, 2015

This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. Variously referred to as ‘the voice of Orthodoxy in the West’, ‘the closest approximation to an Athonite elder outside Athos’, and ‘the leading theologian in the Orthodox Church today’, Bishop Kallistos stands for many different things for many different people, but for every one of us he is a very special person. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends.


There will be seven sessions spread over three days. On the first evening, after an inaugural dinner and a short welcoming address, there will be a ‘medley of tributes to His Eminence’. This will comprise six short (fifteen-minute) talks on some of the ways in which Metropolitan Kallistos has touched our lives: as spiritual father (by Frances Jennings); as teacher (Marcus Plested); as translator and writer (Fr Ephrem Lash); as pastor and bishop (Fr Stephen Platt); as theologian (Fr Andrew Louth); and as monk of Patmos (Fr Nikolai Sakharov). Each of the subsequent six sessions consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by discussion. The speakers will be:

  • Archdeacon John Chryssavgis (Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and formerly Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA) on the theme ‘Philokalia: A Vocabulary for our Time’
  • Metropolitan Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia (monk of Simonopetra) on ‘The Desert, Hesychia, and Askesis: Then and Now’
  • Archpriest John Behr (Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary, New York) on ‘Patristic Texts as Icons’
  • Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk (Chairman of the Department of Foreign Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church) on ‘St Symeon the New Theologian and the Studite Monastic Tradition’
  • Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia (President of the Friends of Mount Athos) on his ‘Fifty-four Years as an Athonite Pilgrim: Then and Now’
  • Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth (Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and formerly Archbishop of Canterbury) on ‘The One Face of Christ, the Many Faces of the Spirit’

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in Conferences & Symposia



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