Online Zoom Forum: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: The Spiritual and Ecological Vision in his Life and Work.

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2024.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).

Event Description:

Format: There will be five talks, each of 12 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers and the chair, followed by Q & A.



Bruce Clark:

Bio: I write, broadcast and speak on a wide range of subjects including religion and geopolitics, the history of south eastern Europe and the story of textiles. I am the online religion editor of The Economist, and I often contribute to other publications. I serve on the committee of the Maghera Historical Society and I have a strong interest in the local history of my corner of Northern Ireland, especially its linen heritage and its early American connections. I have been an active participant in global debates organised by the Ecumenical Patriarch on the subject of faith and the environment. The early Christian history of Ireland and Scotland is another strong personal interest.

What Bruce did before: Since 1998 I have worked mainly for The Economist, covering everything from conflict in the Balkans to transatlantic relations and comparative religion. Between 2002 and early 2004 I took a sabbatical to research the history of forced migration between Greece and Turkey. In 2006, I launched the international pages of The Economist’s foreign news section, a new editorial feature devoted to broad global topics from disarmament to development.

Bruce and Yeltsin: Before joining The Economist, I served as diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times, working in London, Brussels and then Washington DC. From 1990-1993, I was a correspondent for The Times in Moscow, covering the fall of communism and Russia’s post-Soviet transition. In an earlier stint at the Financial Times, I was editor of the European news section.  My first jobs as a journalist were with Reuters, as a junior correspondent in Paris and as the agency’s main correspondent in Athens. Thanks to these jobs, I have a good working knowledge of French, modern Greek and Russian and I can get along in Italian, Dutch, German and Spanish.

At Saint John’s College, Cambridge, I studied Philosophy and then Social and Political Sciences, graduating with a BA in 1979. Before that I was educated at Maghera Primary School, Brook House School in Dublin and Shrewsbury School.

I have written three books:

An Empire’s New Clothes: The End of Russia’s Liberal Dream was published by Vintage Paperbacks in 1995.
Twice A Stranger: How Forced Migration Forged Modern Greece and Turkey. Published by Granta in the UK in 2005 and Harvard University Press in the USA in 2007.
Athens: City of Wisdom.  Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in 2021.


Revd Prof Andrew Louth:

Title: The Theological Foundation.

Description: Met Kallistos’ spiritual and ecological vision grew directly out of his theological convictions. To understand this we must realise that theology, in an Orthodox understanding, is conceived of differenty from in the West. It is not primarily a branch of learning, but rather a way of life, or more particularly, a way of prayer (a saying of Evagrios’, one of the Desert Fathers, is often cited in this context, which identifies the theologian with one who prays)—prayer to God, who is our creator, who guides and cares for us, who redeems us by becoming a human being and dying on the Cross. A concern for God’s creation lay at the heart of Met Kallistos’ theology: God’s creation which is beautiful (cf the repeated ‘and God saw that it was good’ after each day of creation in Gen. 1, underlined at the end by his seeing it as ‘exceeding good’) and, indeed, as manifesting God’s presence, as holy. The way humans have defaced and destroyed what God created, he saw as wicked and sinful, not just unfortunate. The human responsibility for the world was, for him, deepened as he explored the way in which the Greek Fathers saw the human as a microcosm, a ‘little cosmos’. His experience of the holiness of God’s creation was something that he came to experience in Orthodox monasticism, especially on the Holy Mountain of Athos, which he visited many times in his lifetime. There, he used to say, ‘even the stones pray’. He would emphasize the way in which Orthodox monasticism ‘sits lightly’ on the places it occupies. He was expressing his ecological concerns from the 60s and 70s, in this way, ahead of his time. He shared his ecological concerns with, and was inspired by, his long-time friend, Philip Sherrard, and, like him, would repeat the line of William Blake: ‘Everything that lives is holy’.

Bio: Andrew Louth is a patristics scholar who taught in various English universities, finally as a professor (now, emeritus) in Durham University. An archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church (Diocese of Sourozh) and Fellow of the British Academy, he is the author of several books and many articles. He is a founding trustee of the Metropolitan Kallistos Foundation, a charity set up to house his library and promote his vision of Orthodoxy.

Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff:

Title: The Philokalia, Porridge and Shepherd Dogs.

Description: Despite Metropolitan Kallistos's erudition and long career as an Oxford don, there was nothing academic about his theology: it was grounded in prayer, spiritual reading and church life, and the tradition handed on from spiritual fathers and mothers. I will give a few examples (from his great store of anecdotes) of how his vision of creation was shaped by the writings of the Philokalia, but also by his decades of work translating it, and the people and places with whom this brought him into contact.

Bio: Elizabeth Theokritoff earned her doctorate in liturgical theology in 1983, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. She is an independent scholar with a particular interest in theology and ecology, lecturing and supervising part-time at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge.

Revd Dr Liz Carmichael:

Fr Stephen Platt:

Dr. Marcus Plested:


Metropolitan Kallistos Ware


An archive recording will be made for the EICSP archive.

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