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Rev Archimandrite Nikodemos

Research student

Department: Theology

Centre for Eastern Christianity

Thesis topic

The development of the ecclesiology and political Theology of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church in response to Muslim-Christian relations in the contemporary context of modern Greece and Turkey until 2013.


Additional research

Publications

  • "The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Minority in the Context of Muslim-Christian Relations: Contemporary Challenges", Christianity engages with Islam: Contexts, Creativity and Tensions
  • "The Mutual Influences between Religion, State and Democracy in Europe: The case of Greece", Amen Church News
  • "The Identity and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople", Orthodox Theological Forum
  • "Challenges of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Minority", Theology Group blog
  • The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: An Orthodox Reflection
  • The Relevance of the Insertion of the Filioque Clause into the Creed for Orthodox-Catholic Relations Today

Conferences and presentations

  • "An Orthodox perspective on the ecumenical significance of Vatican II with special reference on the Declaration on Religious Freedom and the Decree on Ecumenism" presented at Christian Unity since Vatican II : Memory, Present, where Now? Churches together in Westminster, London 15 November 2014
  • "Religious minorities and the State: the case of the Greek Orthodox minority of Istanbul" presented at 4th International Conference on Muslim-Christian Relations: ''Religion and State: From Theocracy to Secularism, and in between", Pontifical University of Bethlehem, Palestine 2-4 October 2013
  • "Religious Minorities and the Sate in modern Turkey: The case of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" presented at International Ecclesiological Investigations Network on Religion Authority and the State, Belgrade, Serbia 19-22 June 2013
  • "The Identity, the present status and the challenges of the Greek-Orthodox Minority of Turkey in relation to the positive developments of the Turkish Government, which have taken place during the past years for the restoration of the rights of the ethnic minorities" presented at Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations on Minorities within Muslim majority societies, Aga Khan University, London 17-18 May 2013
  • "The mutual influences between Religion, State and Democracy under a Theological point of view" presented at Adyan International Conference on Religion and Democracy in Europe and the Arab World, Beirut, Lebanon 29-30 November 2012
  • "Implications of the existential/Phenomenology for relational counsellingpsychology: Selfhood begin(s) with a walking away acceptance" presented at 5th International Conference of Orthodox Psychotherapists on Psychotherapy and Pastoral Care, Volos, Greece 27-30 September 2012
  • "The Identity and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" presented at Orthodox Theological Research Forum on Orthodoxy and Ethnicity, Oxford University, UK 11-13 September 2012
  • "The relevance of the insertion of the Filioque clause into the Creed for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue today" presented at Assisi 2012: Where we dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century, Assisi, Italy 17-20 April 2012

About me

I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece; I moved to the United Kingdom in 2004. In addition to my Doctoral Research studies at Heythrop College on Muslim-Christian Relations in South-eastern Europe, I am working as a Visiting Lecturer at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and at the Cambridge Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, teaching Liturgy and Pastoral Theology at Postgraduate level. I have also been administering and delivering an on-line course in New Testament Greek since 2012. I studied Social Theology at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and I have completed a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology at St. Mary’s University.

I am an Orthodox priest, under the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and since my ordination in 1996 I have been serving at various parishes in Greece, Turkey and Great Britain. I worked as a Religious Education Teacher at British Secondary Schools and as a Healthcare Chaplain for the British National Health System. I am a member of the Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust and of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Theologians.

You can find more of my work at: www.ntgreek.co.uk