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The role of religion in a changing Europe

His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of Orthodox Christians, to speak at LSE

The spiritual leader of the second largest Christian Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, is to deliver the second annual lecture of the London Hellenic Society at LSE. The spiritual head of more than 250 million orthodox Christians worldwide, he is also the 270th successor of the 2,000 year-old local Christian Church founded by St. Andrew. His location in Istanbul is reflected in his historic title, 'Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch'.

The title of his lecture - to be held on Thursday 3 November at 6.30pm - will be The Role of Religion in a Changing Europe. The Patriarch is well placed to speak on this topic. His own title as 'Ecumenical' Patriarch is the focus of long-term differences with the Turkish State. The current debate over Turkey's accession to the European Union involves issues of Turkey's treatment of minorities and the 'Europeanness' of Turkey. The Patriarchate is itself evidence of the historic connection between Turkey and Europe.

His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew has worked to advance reconciliation among the different faith communities and has spoken extensively on the relationship between the Christian faith and a number of international issues. This lecture looks at the changing perspectives on 'Europe' and its cultural identity; the relationship between faith and public issues.

His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church and has the historical and theological responsibility to initiate and coordinate actions among the Churches of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Albania, The Czech Land and Slovakia, Finland, Estonia, and numerous archdioceses in the old and new worlds. This includes the convening of councils or meetings, facilitating inter-church and inter-faith dialogues and speaking on matters of Christian unity.

The Patriarch's lecture is hosted by the LSE's Hellenic Observatory, which promotes the study of Greek and Cypriot society. This event is sponsored by the London Hellenic Society, a long established cultural society in Britain. Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor and Director of the European Institute at LSE, will chair this event.

The Role of Religion in a Changing Europe is on Thursday 3 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Monday 24 October from the online booking form here|

Transcript of the Patriarch speech at LSE is available on the Patriarch's website:



This event is the London Hellenic Society annual lecture, organised by LSE's Hellenic Observatory. More information on the Hellenic Observatory is at Hellenic Observatory|


Click here to read a transcript of The role of religion in a changing Europe|

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17 October 2005