Article on Receptive Ecumenism

Doru Costache has an article, ‘Applied Synodality and Contemporary Orthodox Diaspora: Learning from a Lutheran–Roman Catholic Document,‘ forthcoming in A Forum for Theology in the World 5:2 (2018) 79-88. The issue will be printed in November this year.

This issue of the ATF Press journal (Adelaide, South Australia) focuses on Receptive Ecumenism, being edited by Vicky Balabansky and Geraldine Hawkes.

Costache’s article is based on a paper which he presented for The Fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, Leaning into the Spirit: Discernment, Decision-Making and Reception, held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, 6-9 November 2017.


In August 2007, the bilateral commission for Lutheran–Roman Catholic dialogue in Australia published The Ministry of Oversight: The Office of Bishop and President in the Church, the outcome of seven years of collaboration. Elsewhere, in a 2012 essay, I addressed aspects pertaining to this document with which educated Eastern Orthodox readers may feel uneasy. Herein I return to The Ministry of Oversight from the angle of receptive ecumenism, attempting to draw lessons for contemporary Orthodox experience in diaspora.

The full text of the article is available.