This course describes the commitment of the different Churches to seek unity after centuries of division. Great strides have been made in this area in the last 60 years with the result that separated Churches have come closer to each other and now collaborate in various ways. During this course, students will have the opportunity to appreciate the different rites and liturgy of Churches.

Course Aim:
  1. An appreciation of the history of the Church and how divisions came about among various Churches and Traditions
  2. Learning the basic terminology related to ecumenism
  3. Basic knowledge about the Christian East and the Christian West
  4. Knowing about the various efforts of ecumenical dialogue and the fruit achieved by pioneers in the field
  5. Appreciating the way other Churches celebrate the liturgy on the Lord’s Day

Those interested in the knowledge of the various Churches and their traditions.

Part 1: The Basic on the Search for Christian Unity
Session 1Basic Introduction to Ecumenism:
Basic jargon and historical overview of Ecumenism
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 2Churches and Rites in the Christian EastPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Session 3The Genesis of the Ecumenical MovementDr Dorianne Buttigieg

Part 2: The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions
Session 4Churches and Traditions:
Their origins, development, and socio-religious context
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri & Dr Andre P. Debattista
Church Liturgy/ Service
Session 5The Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Serbian Orthodox ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Session 6The Sunday Eucharist celebrated by the Church of EnglandSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Session 7The Sunday Service at St Andrew`s Scots` ChurchSt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
Session Format
  • Four lectures on Wednesdays between 18:00-20:00 (8 hours).
  • Three Sunday Liturgy/Service (3 hours)
9th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
16th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
23rd November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
30th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
Sunday 4th December 20229:30 amSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Sunday 18th December 202210:30 amSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Sunday 8th January 202310:30 amSt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Students are asked to be present 30 minutes prior to the Sunday liturgy/service for an introductory session on-site.

This course has two exit certificate options

1.Certificate of Attendance:

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended a minimum of 80% of all contact hours.

2. Certificate of Participation:

A Certificate of Participation* will be awarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully complete the course multiple choice online exam.

Duration: 7 sessions

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Attendance Criteria: students need to attend a minimum of 80% of all contact hours.

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.


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