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Experts in Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care
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In the last two decades, we as people have witnessed an unprecedented explosion as regards the evolution of electronic means of communication and provision of information. Local Orthodox Churches and Orthodox believers the world over have not been slow to make their presence felt in this novel scene, using the media as best they can in order to spread the word of God and the principles of genuine Christian spirituality…

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When pastoral care is enacted via digital media it must be ‘alive’. It must offer ‘life’, not just texts or other things. How can this be achieved?… The inter-personal relationship between the pastor and each member of the flock has always been a nexus in the Church. Can this relationship be sustained in the digital environment?… What is the way the ‘message’ is sent and what is the way in which the ‘message’ is received? How far does it depend on the spiritual/ecclesiastical experience of the ‘user‘?…

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9 May 2015.
The program is under development
Day 1
May 07, 2015
Day 2
May 08, 2015
Day 3
May 09, 2015
Day 4
May 10, 2015


Welcome – Brief instructions concerning the day’s program

Nikos Gouraros

Session Α1. Co-ordinator: Bishop Joseph of Patara

An attempt at a niptic/philokalic approach to the Internet

The era of new media technologies and its challenges

Virtual reality and reality of virtue: Ethics of internet-based relationships informed by St Maximos the Confessor’s doctrine of prosopon and logoi of creatures


Session A2. Co-ordinator: Deacon Juhana Sirén

Addressing those outside the Church: pitfalls, problems and probable solutions. The experience of the “Pravmir” mission web-page

Discernment: Spiritual Eyeglasses for Web Surfers

The “Rublev” orthodox digital library project. How the internet could offer spiritual benefits. New technologies in the Orthodox faith.

When the Internet intrudes as a threat to friendly relations

11:30 - 12:00



Session Α3. Co-ordinator: Prof. Jean-Claude Larchet

Digital ‘Word’: a reflection on evangelism in the virtual age

What are the positions of the Orthodox Church in a “Modern World”?

In the realm of digital media: the loss of consciousness as a threat to the Christian worldview

Digital Media – the Great Commission. Can the two collaborate?

Mission in the digital world, highlights of our experience – Forerunner’s Holy Monastery in Anatoli, Agia

Crowd funding in the Orthodox media: myths and reality

14:00 - 15:00



Session Α4. Co-ordinator: Bishop Romanos Daoud of Edessa

Orthodoxy on social media: speak and do no harm

The Role of Social Networks in the Christian Life

Enlisting Digital Media into Pastoral Care in the Far East

From the digital valley of hunger to the “Bread of Life”


Session A5. Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Jivko Panev

Technology and religious life: is heaven getting closer?

The Virtuality of communication: anthropological threats and the struggle against them

Old wine in new wineskins: digital multidimensional media as New Church?

“Through a Glass, Darkly”: Pastoral Challenges in an Age of Social Media (SKYPE call)

The main reason for ecclesiastical journalism, the quest, its starting-points and the methodological consequences of this quest.

18:15 - 19:00


19:00 - 21:00


- Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomew by His representative, Metropolitan Amfilohios of Kissamos and Selinon

- Welcoming Speeches - Addresses by Primates of Churches

Internet and spiritual life (video)


Dissemination of the Word of God via the Internet

21:00 - 21:30


6:30 - 8:30

MATINS – DIVINE LITURGY on the Feast of Saint John the Theologian – Chapel of Saint George Kavouriou. The Liturgy will be celebrated by Elder Efraim, the Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi and the “Tropos” Byzantine choir will sing, conducted by Konstantinos Angelidis.

Brief instructions concerning the day’s program


Session Β1. Co-ordinator: Fr. Nektarios Mamalougos

Digital Technology and Cyberspace: a further test of the person (Videotaped Recording)

Ethical and spiritual issues related to the use of pseudonyms in Orthodox Internet forums

Grains of Orthodox pastoral experience from two decades on the Internet

The ‘Question to the Priest’ as a kind of journalistic discourse and a type of communication on the Internet

Digital libraries as spiritual heritage’s alternatives: the case of Theological Studies Academy’s (Volos) Digital Library


Session Β2. Co-ordinator: Prof. Vladimir Legoyda

Spreading theology through e-learning: the experience of Balamand University

Pan-Orthodox Internet Study Programs

11:15 - 11:45



Co-ordinator: Archimandrite Anthimos Iliopoulos


Session Β3. Co-ordinator: Hieromonk Ieremia, Putna Monastery

The differentiation between communicative action, ritual action practice and virtual communications as a foundation for a pastoral approach to the Internet and Digital Media

Opportunities for ecclesiastical intervention in cyberspace to preserve the authentic Orthodox ethos

The pastoral care of the Church as an expression of communion in Christ

Spreading the discourse of catechism in spoken form on the internet (as .mp3 speech files). Experience from the running of the “Pantocrator” web site

14:00 - 15:00



Session Β4. Co-ordinator: Dr. Symeon-Norris J. Chumley

The responsibility of the shepherd in the face of Social Media Networks

An Orthodox service blog

Pemptousia: A lifeline on the Internet

The presence of Putna monastery in the digital world: an attempt to communicate its ethos

16:45 - 17:15



Session Β5. Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Michel Elias Najim

Past and present in the presence of the Polish Orthodox Church in the Internet; ideas and perspectives

The role of the media in contemporary pastoral care and missionary work- the experience of Latin America

Reaching to the Cloud – Digital Media in a Finnish Orthodox Context

e-Learning at Orthodox Mission’s Higher Educational Institutions; The Case of Orthodox Theological Faculty at Congo (Discussion)

Promotion of pastoral values through the Internet- digital pastoral care as a tool for deradicalization and social peace

PANEL DISCUSSION: Pastoral Care, Theology, Divine Worship “via” the Internet. Reality, problems and perspectives


Session C1. Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Nicolae Dascălu

“Watch then thyself”(Πρόσεχε σεαυτῷ): Spiritual Practice and Digital Culture

3 topics for non-church young people: an attempt to grab the attention

Publishing information from the orthodox world on the net : be responsible!


Session C2. Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis

The Use of the Internet in Pastoral Care

Pan-ecclesiastical discussion on the web-page: success or disappointment?

From the classical media to the digital media in the mission of the Church

11:00 - 11:30


PANEL DISCUSSION: The Ecclesiastical News from past to present. Special perspectives and characteristics in the Internet era.


Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Georgios Georgakopoulos


Session C3. Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Pavel Velikanov

The virtue of Internet-abstinence

Pathological on-line behaviors, recent scientific Greek and International data

Safe Internet use and protection against threats

High-risk online behaviors


Discussion Co-ordinator: Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis

14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:00



His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos of Glyfada presents His Eminence Ioannis, Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje

Speech by His Eminence Ioannis, Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje

“BETWEEN TWO WORLDS”. Screening the Documentary about the Theological School of Halki

21:00 - 21:30


Hierarchical Concelebration of the Divine Liturgy – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Church of Panagia Faneromeni, Vouliagmeni. The Greek Byzantine Choir, under the direction of Georgios Konstantinou, will sing.


Agiou Nikolaou 10, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Athens, Greece
+30 210 891 1100info@divaniapollon.gr

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