Since 2010, Orthodox and Evangelical scholars and leaders from around the world have been meeting annually to promote better understanding. Known as the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative [LOI], the group’s conference this year will be hosted by Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and its Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity on the school’s campus in Brookline, MA June 5-7, 2018.
Representing the Orthodox Church in America at the gathering will be Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary; Archpriest David and Matushka Rozanne Rucker, Orthodox Christian Mission Center Alaskan missionaries; Archpriest Edward Rommen, Adjunct Professor at Duke University Divinity School; and Priest Christopher Moore, former OCMC missionary in Mongolia who will be serving as a missionary in South Korea. Also attending will be Dr. Grant White, Sessional Assistant Professor of Liturgical Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, who resides in Finland.
As part of the conference, two of LOI’s founders—His Grace, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and Bob Doll, Chair of the Lausanne Movement’s Board—will offer a free public lecture titled “Workplace Discipleship” at the Archbishop Iakovos Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6.
The goal of the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative is to reflect constructively on the history of relationships between Orthodox and Evangelicals in order to work towards better understanding and encourage reconciliation and healing where wounds exist. Through this process, Evangelicals and Orthodox are mutually enriched and strengthened in the work of mission, working towards mutual respect, support, and cooperation in the spirit of our Lord’s prayer for His Church in John 17.
The conference is open to the public. There is no cost to participate.