Hamalis participates in World Conference of Churches conference
March 7, 2011—Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Office of Academic Opportunities, participated in a World Council of Churches (WCC) conference, Feb. 25 through March 1, at The University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.
The conference advanced work on a project of the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission titled, “Moral Discernment in the Churches,” which gathered together scholars to discuss commonalities and differences in the various denominations’ ethical approaches to such topics as abortion and homosexuality. Hamalis, brought in as an expert on Eastern Orthodox ethics, was among participants from Brazil, Germany, Greece, Israel, Malaysia, Switzerland and the United States representing Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and other branches of Christianity.
The World Council of Churches is an ecumenical body of 349 churches worldwide and serves as a communication platform with the goals of mutual understanding and Christian unity. Findings of the recent conference will be presented at a World Council of Churches commission meeting this July in Milan, Italy. Ultimately, the council plans to present an expanded document at the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches gathering in Korea in 2013.