Finland, Joensuu

Encounters of Eastern and Western Churches in the North

when 12 August 2019 - 23 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 500

The curriculum focuses on the historical and contemporary encounters between the Lutheran and the Or-thodox Churches in Finland. The Finnish experience, in the light of confrontations of the past and the chal-lenges of today, offers conceptual and practical insights for ecumenical coexistence worldwide. Topics in-clude:
• Two National Churches in European Periphery
• Lutheran Church: Change and Challenge
• Liturgy in Practice (Lutheran Mass, Orthodox Divine Liturgy)
• Ecumenism Today: Dialogues, Challenges
• Mixed Marriages: Daily Ecumenism
• Religious Education and Diversity in (Finnish) Schools
• Challenges of Coexistence: Hate Speech (Anti-Semitism in Finland and the Baltic States after 1991)
• Churches in the Media

Course leader

Maria Takala-Roszczenko:

Target group

Master and bachelor students

Course aim

After completing the course, the student

•distinguishes different aspects of theological thinking, education, research, and practice in the Lutheran and the Orthodox church traditions
• is aware of the historical and contemporary relationship between the Lutheran and the Orthodox Church in Finland
• recognizes the challenges to ecumenical coexistence in Finnish context and, on their basis, is able to re-flect upon the situation in his/her own community
• has acquired tools for inter-confessional dialogue
• has gained experience in portfolio work and the use of digital learning applications and the web environment

Credits info

5 EC

Fee info

EUR 500: Course fee. There is a discount of 20 % for the participants from UEF partner Universities.
EUR 200: Course fee for exchange students starting in autumn 2019.


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