Vladimir Cvetković at the annual conference of St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute and the Monastery of Bose

The annual conference of St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute and the Monastery of Bose in Italy was held from 28 September to 1 October 2021 at the Bose Monastery. The topic of the conference was “Theology of Community: Theologically Rethinking Post-Modern Societies.” Vladimir Cvetković, senior research associate at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, participated in the conference with the presentation “The End of Episcopocentrism and Emergence of a New Orthodox Ecclesiology of Community.” The paper includes a critical assessment of the ecclesiological view of Metropolitan John Zizioulas, which promotes the principle of personal primacy both within a church and between churches, and a comparison of this stance with the view recently proposed by Cyril Hovorun, who argues that the entire hierarchical structure is not essential to the Church and should instead be seen as scaffolds that support the growth and development of the Church. Then, the theological focus of the paper shifts to urban life and the modern, “secular” city as a place where the traditional ways of life and social relationships have crumbled and transformed into a new, secular type of life and social relations, which was criticized in interwar Yugoslavia by Orthodox church leaders and theologians as well as right-wing politicians.

Conference programme