The Second Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the 18th Plenary Session of the International Joint Commission on the Theological Dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Orthodox Church was held in Chalki, Türkiye, from 22nd to 25th of February 2023. The Meeting was hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the generous hospitality of H.A.H. Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, and was held on the premises of the now closed (since 1971) Theological School of Chalki, at the Holy Trinity Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery.
The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Metropolitan Prof. Dr. Kyrillos of Krini (Ecumenical Patriarchate) from the Orthodox side and by the Rev. Bishop Dr. Johann Schneider (Evangelical Church in Central Germany/EKM) from the Lutheran World Federation. The main theme of “The Holy Spirit, the Church and the World” was discussed.
Orthodox participants were: V.Rev. Grand Archimandrite Dr. Agathangelos, Archivist of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Co-secretary), V.Rev. Protopresbyter Em. Prof. Dr. George Dion Dragas (Patriarchate of Jerusalem), and Prof. Dr. Rade Kisić (Patriarchate of Serbia). Lutheran participants were: Rev. Prof. Dr. Dirk G. Lange, LWF – Assistant General Secretary Ecumenical Relations (Co-secretary), Rev. Prof. Dr. Jennifer Wasmuth (Göttingen University, Germany), and Rev. Prof. Dr. Stefan Tobler (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania).Continue reading