COMES TO ME I WILL NEVER TURN AWAY (John 6,37)
The Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) is an ecclesiastical Foundation exercising the dialogical witnessing and the liturgical diaconia of Orthodoxy in the world that is passing and the world that is coming. The OAC is a non-profit Institution, observing its canonical reference to the Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon, and operating under the spiritual auspices of the
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Founders: His Eminence Irineos, former Metropolitan of Kisamos and Selinon
Dr. Alexandros K. Papaderos (Gen. Director until 31.12.2008,
lifelong member of the Board of the OAC).
President: His Eminence Amphilochios, Metropolitan of Kisamos and Selinon.
General Director: Dr. Konstantinos S. Kenanidis.
The OAC facilitates dialogue, and aims in it, as a way of thinking and living, self-reflection, reconciliation, and a responsible relation with the Divine Creation. The OAC is based on the platonic tradition of “symphilosophein” (philosophising together), and on the Orthodox Christian spirit of ecumenical openness and the wholeness of the human community. As an offer of the Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon, and the Church in general, to modern man, it always remains accessible and welcomes everyone without discrimination.
With the organization of conferences and a variety of other activities, the OAC encourages mutual understanding and solidarity on an inter-Orthodox, ecumenical, interfaith, intercultural and interscientific level, for the reconciliation of peoples, the consolidation of peace, and for human rights and progress. Even though most of the conferences are organized by the OAC, we accept cooperation with other institutions and organizations that want to use our facilities and broad experience, and who seek a tranquil atmosphere for creative work and fellowship.
Since the beginning of its operation in 1968 until the end of 2008, the OAC has organised or hosted 1,965 conferences, 57% of which are on an international level. In addition to the conferences, programs and other activities, the OAC welcomes many visitors from Greece and abroad (individuals and groups). We recommend to those interested that they inform us in advance for such visits if a tour of the facilities and briefing is preferred.
MAIN AREAS OF WORK
The OAC remains flexible in its priorities, according to the needs and demands of the times.
The following are some of the main areas of our work:
CONTINUING EDUCATION OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP.
PARISH RENEWAL. LAITY. WOMAN IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH AND IN SOCIETY.
DEVELOPMENT-QUALITY OF LIFE-ALTERNATIVE TOURISM.
WAR AND PEACE-ALLEVIATION OF SOCIAL CONFRONTATIONS AND POLITICAL TENSIONS.
ORTHODOXY AND OIKOUMENE.
ORTHODOXY AND IDEOLOGIES.
DIALOGUE WITH POLITICAL PARTIES.
LITERATURE AND ART.
“FACE TO FACE”: INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ON WORD AND ART
INTERRELIGIOUS AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
40 years OAC
Identity and Mission (PDF, SWF)
Development, Innovation, Quality of Life
Science and Faith
Orthodox Cooperation (PDF, SWF)
Theology and Ecology (PDF, SWF)
Euromediterranean Youth Center (EYC)