26 – 27 June 2015
Fordham University School of Law, New York City
In 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated ‘Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church’. This conference at Fordham University entailed a series of papers and panel discussions addressing several themes from the Agenda for the 2016 Council, including ‘Autocephaly and Diaspora’; ‘the Canonical Impediments to Marriage’; ‘Ecumenical Relations’; ‘the Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples’; and ‘Fasting regulations’. The conference brought together over 30 scholars from various disciplines to discuss the potential framework for discussions of each of these topics at the 2016 Council. Effie Fokas, Grassrootsmobilise Principal Investigator, chaired the panel discussion on Ecumenical Relations. The keynote address was delivered by Metropolitan Bishop Kallistos Ware, University of Oxford.