Welcome to the Annual Conference 2018

The Orthodox Academy of Crete 5 – 9 September 2018
Book your flights, pack your summer clothes and bring along your enthusiasm and your ideas to the next Annual Conference of Oikosnet Europe. Save the date September 5 until September 9 . The rest will be taken care of by the Orthodox Academy of Crete.

“Anyone who moves on this island feels a mysterious power, warm, good, branched into his veins and his soul grows,” Nikos Kazantzakis, the great Cretan writer, writes in his book “Report to Greco”. Crete: the cradle of civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean. It was inhabited by the Minoans 9.000 years ago, and the visitor can still see the whole history of the island in a scattered mosaic of living ancient ruins!

Within this frame of history, the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) began its work, celebrating next year fifty (50) years of work since the day of its inauguration (1968-2018). Inspired by the Platonic tradition of symphilosophein, the OAC aspires to be a place for dialogue and spiritual exchange in the diaconia of God and human beings. A continuous dialogue between faith, science and culture.

The scheduled Annual Conference 2018 at the OAC constitutes a chance to meet and look with respect at the past and with confidence towards the future. The status quo in Greece and Europe is not the best one in History. The manifold faces of the crisis, on an economic as well as cultural level, do not allow us to proceed with new ideas for the future. We must find answers to essential questions with regard to what the crisis has taught us during the last years, how we are going to make the vision of Europe a realistic one and how we are going to take the hurdles and “reach what we cannot” (Nikos Kazantzakis).

Book your flights, pack your summer clothes and bring along your enthusiasm and your ideas. Save the date. The rest will be taken care of by us.  Welcome to Crete, welcome to the OAC!


Dr Kostas Zormpas

General Director of the OAC


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