Monthly Archives: August 2015

Romanian edition of “Three views” published

5122ovQazaL__SX326_BO1,204,203,200_We are pleased to be able to announce the recent publication of a brand new (2nd.) Romanian edition of the classic text “Three views on Orthodoxy and Evanelicalism” edited by Bradley Nassif, Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan and Edward Rommen.

This Romanian edition carries new forwards by two of our LOI participants, Prof. Stelian Tofana and Dr. Danut Manastireanu which can be read (in English translation) here.

Dr. Danut Manastireanu

Prof Stelian Tofana

Copies of the book are available in Romania – enquiries to


Consultation begins in Helsinki this week

_DSC0100As the third international Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative consultation begins in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday this week, the Steering Committee request pray for all those attending.  The theme of this year’s consultation is “The Gospel as Good News“.  The sixty three Evangelical and Orthodox participants will be gathering from countries as far apart as Ghana, Syria, USA, Austria, Ethiopia, Egypt, India, Romania, Russia, Greece, Moldova, and a host of other places.

For those not attending the full programme can be seen here and we encourage you to pray along with us as we meet.

Papers will be made available soon after the consultation.  Please don’t forget that the papers from the last two consultations are now available in our book “The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission” still available at the remarkable introductory price of £14.99.

New book : Orthodox Perspectives on mission

k_cover_inter_christian_perspectives_valentin_kozhuharovFollowing the publication earlier this month of LOI’s own book “The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission” one of our LOI participants from Bulgaria (and the UK), Dr. Valentin Kozhuharov, has also published his own book on this topic. Bringing together several journal articles and new material “Orthodox and Inter-Christian Perspectives in Mission” is published by Vesta Publications (Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria). The English text covers such topics as “Christian Mission as Teaching and Liturgical Life”; “Eastern Orthodox approaches to mission”; “The Issue of Missionary Awareness” and “The churches’ work with children in need as mission”   Price and purchase enquiries to

The contents pages of the book can be viewed here.







Anglican Church delegation meets with Russian Orthodox Church

IMG_7118This week Archbishop Foley Beach led a delegation from the Anglican Church in North America for formal ecumenical discussions with the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church. They were received in Moscow by HE Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, Head of the Department of External Church Relations.  The Anglican Church in North America is the conservative church which has separated from the Episcopal Church of the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada. The delegation also brought greetings from the international orthodox/conservative grouping of Anglicans drawn together by GAFCON.  See a full report here.

Third LOI consultation begins next week

The Gospel as Good News” will be the theme as 63 Orthodox and evangelical leaders gather just outside Helsinki, Finland, from 1-5 September 2015 for the third Lausanne-Orthodox Consultation.  We value your prayers for this important gathering. Full details are now available on our website here

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We will be meeting at the beautiful Sofia Cultural Centre as guests of the Orthodox Church of Finland.

All participants will be receiving a final instruction letter on 26 or 27 August – please look out for this important communication.


The Mission of God – LOI book published!

We are very pleased to be able to announce the publication (August 2015) of our first book

20150826_104131The Mission of God :      Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission

This important volume is the fruit of three years’ work by Orthodox and Evangelical scholars and two major international consultations. The collection of essays points a way forward for both faith communities as they put past hurts behind them, wrestle honesty with theological difference, but keep a clear focus on the Mission of God.

Contributors include:

Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos                        Dr. Darrell Jackson

Dr. Brad Nassif                                                                    Prof. Anne-Marie Kool

Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Demetrios                    Prof. Simon Chan

Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky                                                      Dr. James Stamoolis

Fr. Ioan Sauca                                                                     Dr. Cecil M Robeck

254 pages  |   RRP  £28.99  (discounts available)  |   ISBN  978-1-908355-83-6

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This is a ‘must read’ collection of essays that are rooted in prayer, in the Scriptures and in the rich histories of two very different traditions … giving the reader an excellent glimpse into the ways in which Orthodox and Evangelical Christians around the globe have come together to participate in God’s transforming mission. I highly recommend it for all pastors, seminary and Bible college students and staff.

Dr. C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, PhD, Executive Director, Theological Commission, World Evangelical Alliance

The wealth of material in this extraordinary symposium is indicated by the widely dispersed backgrounds of its contributors. I cannot think of a comparable example in which the evangelical mission of the Church is placed so firmly in the varying contexts of theology, ethics, exegesis, ecumenism, and spiritual transformation.

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Orthodox Pastor in Chicago and Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity

Diversity, quality and experience of the contributors assure the reader that this compendium points the way toward a future of greater understanding and desirable partnerships in the mission of the Triune God in our complex world. Ecumenism at its best!

Dr. Peter Kuzmic Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies, Gordon Conwell Seminary

LOI 2015 Venue

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At the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Leo and Metropolitan Ambrosius, we will be meeting in the wonderful setting of Sofia Cultural Centre at Lähdeniemi Källviksudden. This is on a small sea peninsular north east of Helsinki and only a short distance from the airport. Sophia is also the residence of Metropolitan Ambrosius as metropolitan bishop of Helsinki.

Participants will be housed either at Sofia Centre itself or at the nearby Best Western Hotel with transport provided between the two centres (although it is possible to walk if you prefer).  As far as possible we will try to meet your requests for shared or single rooms.

Towels are provided in rooms but please bring your own toiletries.  All meals will be served on site at Sofia Cultural Centre and we will be meeting in the Centre’s modern auditorium and in several smaller seminar rooms.

All participants should be met at the airport and driven to the monastery but just in case you need to get there by taxi the address is :

Sofia small logoKulttuurikeskus Sofia, Sofiapalvelut Oy, Kallvikinniementie 35, FI-00980, Finland

Tel: +358 10 277 9102

Wireless internet connection is available for participants (free of charge) in several areas of Sofia  but it’s use is strongly discouraged during working sessions.