Not all Orthodox are the same - the Russian Orthodox Church ROK became a national church again after the collapse of the Soviet Union, while parts of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have developed differently after splitting from the Patriarchate in Moscow. Can the churches still be expected to mediate in the war? How binding is the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" for them to raise their voice against violence and war? Or do the Orthodox Churches promote the narrative of true Christian faith against decadence and decay of values in the West? How do the church representatives view humanity and creation, reason and human rights, migration, tolerance, social solidarity? How do they relate to the Western Christian churches, to the Roman Pope and where is their place within ecumenism? What is their relationship to Israel and the Jews? Is there a renaissance of religion in post-Soviet Russia? Is it in fact a religiously dressed up legitimisation of martial politics? All this will have to be asked against the background of the "foundations of Orthodox culture".
On the panel:
- Emmanuel Sfiatkos, Vicar Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis in Germany.
- Dr. Regina Elsner, theologian and expert on Eastern Europe, Centre for Eastern European and International Studies Berlin
- Dr. Michael Meier, specialist journalist for religion, church and society, Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Németh, Professor for the Theology of the East, University of Vienna, priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
- Prof. Dr. Kristina Stöckl, sociologist of religion, University of Innsbruck
The event will be recorded by rbb24 Inforadio and broadcast there in a length of one hour - probably on 9 October 2022 at 11.00 am.
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - Leibniz-Saal