Veroia-Mt Athos 2018

International Conference of Palamas Seminar- Veroia 5-9 July 2018
Holy Monastery of Theotokos, Kallipetra, Veroia 591 32
With the support and blessings of the Holy Metropolis of Veroia, Naoussa and Campania

Topic: The Significance of Prayer in the work of St Gregory Palamas.

Programme
Saturday 7 July
19.00-19.30 Welcome from His Eminence, Metropolitan of Veroia, Naoussa and Campania Mr Panteleimon
19.30-20.00 Welcome from the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Theotokos of Kallipetra Archim. Palamas Kyrillides. History of the Monastery of Theotokos of Kallipetra.
20.00-20.15 Professor Georgios Mantzarides (Greece)- Prayer according to St Gregory Palamas.
20.15-20.55 Professor Fr Nikolaos Loudovikos (Greece)- On Being, Will, Existence and Contemplation. Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Palamas: A Comparison.
20.55-21.10 Discussion.
21.10-22.00 Dinner.

Sunday 8 July
07.00-10.00 Matins and Divine Liturgy at Kallipetra
10.00 Breakfast- Coffee
11.00-11.30 Prof. Argyrios Nikolaides (Greece) – Modern Science and Saint Gregory Palamas.
11.30-12.00 Elena Dulgheru (Romania)- Eros and Apocalypse: Two Perspectives of Revealing the Taboric Light.
12.00-12.30 Prof. Fr. Manuel Summares (Portugal)- Hesychastic Prayer, Inclusivity, and a Philosophic Life that is Christian – Preliminaries.
12.30-12.45 Discussion
12.45-13.30 Lunch- Coffee
13.45-14.15 Prof. Fr. John Roussouw (South Africa)- Hesychast prayer and the art of beauty: A mission for a world longing for true beauty?
14.15-14.45 Prof. Viorel Vizureanu (Romania)- On the resemblances and differences between two ascendant cognitive models.
14.45-15.15 Prof. Oleg Dushin and Prof. Konstantin Schmoraga (Russia)- Practices of Prayer and Asceticism: Hesychasts vs Jesuits.
15.15-15.45 Prof. John Farina (USA)- Prayer and the Body in St. Gregory Palamas: A Comparative Analysis.
15.45-16.15 Discussion- Coffee
16.15-16.45 Prof. Wojciech Micał (Poland)- Prayer – supplication, contemplation, unification. A comparison of St Gregory Palamas’ understanding of prayer with the ideas of selected Western authors from High and Late Middle Ages.
16.45-17.15 Prof. Laurențiu Gheorghe (Romania)- Rationality, the limits of language and the logical reconstruction of Saint Gregory Palamas’ teachings.
17.15-17.45 Discussion
17.45-18.00 Coffee
18.00-18.30 Vespers
18.30-19.00 Prof. Jozef Matula (Czech Republic)- The Role of Imagination in St. Gregory Palamas’ Thought.
19.00-19.30 Dr Tomaso Manzon (Italy- England)- Becoming One, Mirroring God: analogies between Palamas’ and Kierkegaard’s understandings of prayer.
19.30-20.00 Elga Kanaeva (Russia)- «After all, it is all the same "to know God" and "to see God"»: Barlaam the Calabrian on mystical theology.
20.00-20.30 Tatiana Petrache (Romania- Greece)- Interpretation of the work of Daniel Turtsea (1945- † 1979)
20.30-21.00 Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos (Scotland- Greece): Prayer as mystical and eschatological discourse. Prayer according to Wittgenstein and St Gregory Palamas: A comparison.
21.00-21.15 Discussion- Conclusions
21.15 Dinner

Monday 9 July
4am Men depart for Ierissos and Mt Athos.

Highlights from the Conference: Visits to the archeological sites of Veroia and Vergina.
Visit to Holy Mt Athos (for men): Holy Monasteries of Vatopaidi, Iviron, Stavronikita (Icons from Theopanes the Cretan), Pantokratoros, Protaton (Karyes) (Icons from Manuel Panselinos).

News Reports:
Relevant News item at the website of the Holy Metropolis of Veroia (with photos): https://www.imverias.gr/index.php/eidiseis-proigoymenon-eton/50-eidiseis...
Relevant news report in Romfaia.gr: http://www.romfea.gr/ieres-mitropoleis/22723-diethnes-epistimoniko-suned...
Relevant news report in Poimin.gr https://poimin.gr/synedrio-tis-ereynitikis-omadas-gia-ton-ag-grigorio-pa...