Venue: Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari, Chania, Greece (www.oac.gr) (New deadline for abstract submission: August 30th 2013)
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 its appropriate Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon, and operating under the spiritual auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
The OAC is a modern Conference Center, situated in an exceptionally beautiful location only a few metres from the sea, and next to the Gonia Monastery (17th Century).
The OAC facilitates dialogue, and aims in it, as a way of thinking and living, self-reflection, interpersonal 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 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 1968, the OAC has organized or hosted about 2000 conferences that are on international (53%) and nation level.