Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Christianity in the Middle East Today: Present Challenges and Future Perspectives

A joint conference will take place in London (Marie Eugenie Room, Heythrop College, University of London) on Christianity in the Middle East Today: Present Challenges and Future Perspectives. This is a joint conference of the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London and the Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust in association with the Centre for World Christianity, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. This conference will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June 2016.



The Conference Programme is as follows:

Friday

Conference Introduction and Welcome 10:50-11:00
Mary Grey (Chair of Trustees, Living Stones and Emeritus Professor, University of Wales, Lampeter) and Anthony O’Mahony (Director Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College)
Christianityin Iraq: Present challenges and future perspectives 11:00-12:30
Erica Hunter (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Suha Rassam (ICIN), Kristian Girling (Heythrop College, University of London)
Lunch 12:30-13:15
Coptic Christianity in contemporary Egypt 13:15-14:15
Mariz Tadros (Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
The Armenian Church and Tradition Today 14:15-15:15
Rev. Vrej Nersessian (Emeritus, Oriental Department, British Library)
Break 15:15-15:45
Syrian Christianity in the modern Middle East 15:45-16:45
Sebastian Brock (The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)
Reflections on Eastern Christianity and Muslim-Christian relations in Syria – a western Christian perspective 16:45-17:30
Revd. Andrew Ashdown (Theology Group, living Stones of the Holy Land Trust)

Saturday

Christianity in Syria: Present challenges and future perspectives 10:30-12:00
Rev. Nadim Nassar and Huda Nassar (Awareness Foundation and Theology Group, Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust)
One More Bridge to cross: Syrian Refugees in Greece on their Way to Paradise 12:10-13:00
Gerasimos Makris (Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Panteion University, Athens)
Lunch13:00-13:45
Christianity in the Holy Land 13:45-14:45
Sr Bridget Tighe FMDM
Christian churches in Jordan: political, religious and communal context 15:00-15:50
Paolo Maggiolini (Instituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)
and the Catholic University of Milan)
Break 15:50-16:00
Christianity in Jerusalem: social relations, border makings and their crossing 16:00-16:40
Georgios Tsourous (School of Anthropology, University of Kent)
Final Reflection – The Future of Christianity in the Middle East
16:40-17:30
Hratch Tchilingirian (The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford);
Anthony O’Mahony (Heythrop College, University of London)

All are welcome

Conference fee: £15.00 per day

(to be paid on the day)

Forfurther information please contact
Kristian Girling

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