Dr. Dimitriadis, PhD- ACT Professor of World Religions and Ancient Greek Ethics and Mythology- on the Church and the Pandemic
ACT announces the recent publication (in Greek), entitled "The Church in a Period of Pandemic Period", by CEMES publications, which includes the proceedings from the International seminar “Church and the Pandemic” and additional documents by important scientists edited by ACT Professor Dr. Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., Professor of World Religions, Greek ambassador of Globethics, General Secretary and head of the environmental campaign at the Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metr. Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES), Executive committee member of World Conference Association of Theological Institutions (WOCATI).
In December 2020, Dr. Dimitriadis, Ph.D. was featured in the panel “Church and Pandemic: 9 months later” and he shared some interfaith reflections of his multi-religious class at ACT which came up after the final essay question of the semester on “how religions and specifically the three major monotheistic religions, are responding and/or how they should respond in the face of this pandemic”. He stated that “as educators, Church members, and common people we are in front of a big challenge” and he analyzed through several examples the approach of religious leaders in front of the pandemic.
In January, as a continuation of this webinar, he participated in another panel which was hosted by the Center of Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metr. Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES) and the Master Program of Ecumenical Theology of the International Hellenic University on “Medicine and Theology”. During the panel Dr. Dimitriadis spoke about the continuous reference by the Orthodox Church to the sanctity of the person and human life and the meaning of hope as it is expressed in the Orthodox tradition, emphasizing the absolute right of every human being to enjoy respect and dignity in life.
Both of Dr. Dimitriadis’s speeches on "The Orthodox Church in the Pandemic and its Relationship with Science and Medicine" can be read in full on the Foreign Affairs website or view the entire event on YouTube.