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.
- An appreciation of the history of the Church and how divisions came about among various Churches and Traditions
- Learning the basic terminology related to ecumenism
- Basic knowledge about the Christian East and the Christian West
- Knowing about the various efforts of ecumenical dialogue and the fruit achieved by pioneers in the field
- 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 1||Basic Introduction to Ecumenism: |
Basic jargon and historical overview of Ecumenism
|Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri|
|Session 2||Churches and Rites in the Christian East||Papas Prof. Martin Zammit|
|Session 3||The Genesis of the Ecumenical Movement||Dr Dorianne Buttigieg|
Part 2: The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions
|Session 4||Churches and Traditions:|
Their origins, development, and socio-religious context
|Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri & Dr Andre P. Debattista|
Church Liturgy/ Service
|Session 5||The Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Serbian Orthodox Church||Serbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga|
|Session 6||The Sunday Eucharist celebrated by the Church of England||St Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta|
|Session 7||The Sunday Service at St Andrew`s Scots` Church||St Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta|
- Four lectures on Wednesdays between 18:00-20:00 (8 hours).
- Three Sunday Liturgy/Service (3 hours)
|9th November 2022||18:00 – 20:00||Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga|
|16th November 2022||18:00 – 20:00||Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga|
|23rd November 2022||18:00 – 20:00||Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga|
|30th November 2022||18:00 – 20:00||Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga|
|Sunday 4th December 2022||9:30 am||Serbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga|
|Sunday 18th December 2022||10:30 am||St Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta|
|Sunday 8th January 2023||10:30 am||St 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.