The Volos Academy for Theological Studies -Research Center, in collaboration with the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias, the Social Charitable Company “Health Path” and the Association of People with Disabilities in Magnesia (Volos) “Ippokampos” organizes a Conference on the general theme “ Church, Disability and Society” to be held in Volos on Saturday March 30, 2019.

The purpose of the conference is to inform and raise the awareness of the clergy, citizens and students about issues related to disability in the context of the ecclesiastical and, more broadly, social life. During the conference, a variety of topics, like “Activation and empowerment of people with disabilities,” “The Psycho-social dimension of disability,” “Practices of integration and accessibility of persons with disabilities in the liturgical texts and the body of the Church,” “Orthodox Theology and disability” will be discussed.

Our basic aim is not only the educational or training dimension and the scientific impact of the conference, but also the extraction of useful conclusions for both the Church and the society in general.

Admission is free to the public, but registration is required at the conference. Applications are submitted electronically to the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehaqLWsph866eZx2TVD13RG-aeUtkt8a_UfsLUBOZ5BZsSlQ/viewform

by Tuesday, March, 26 2019.

The conference venue is accessible to people with disability.


Psycho-social dimension of disability

Dr. Galini Sapountzaki, Sign Language Linguist, Assistant Professor of Special Education,Department of Special Education,University of Thessaly,

Self-identification and self-image of people with hearing impaired problems


Ioulia Nissiotou, Paediatrist, Assistant Professor,Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly,

The Doctor as a companion of the disabled child and his / her parents


Ioanna Georgiadou, Social Clinic Psychologist MSc, Systemic Psychotherapist, PhD Candidate of the University of Thessaly,

Self-assistance and empowerment of people with mobility disabilities

Practices of integration and accessibility of persons with disabilities in the liturgical texts and the body of the Church


Rev. Anargyros Sigalas, Parish Priest,Agioi Pantes Church Kallithea, Athens,

Deaf scouts ... meaningful: the example of the parish of deaf people


Rev. Dr.Ioannis Karamouzis, Priest, Holy Metropolis of Chalkida, Associate of the Synodic Committee of the Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian Relations, Lecturer at the distance postgraduate department of Special Education of the University of Nicosia,

Psycho-social approach to deafness


Rev. Dr. Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Winchester University, Former Director of IEA, Member of the EASPD Standing Committee on Employment,

OLYMPIAS, Facilitating the access of people with disabilities to the Church and work through the Internet


Orthodox Theology and Disability


Katerina Pekridou, Executive Secretary for the Theological Dialogue,Conference of European Churches (CEC,Brussels),

Theology and Disability: Towards a meaningful dialogue in the Body of the Church


Dr. KaterinaTsalampouni , Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Thessaloniki, Member of the Board of Directors of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies,

Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame ” (Lk 14,21): Disability and the Kingdom of God

Dr. PetreMaican, AberdeenUniversity (U.K.),

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities for the Church: Developing the Pneumatological Dimension of Orthodox Ecclesiology


Round Table discussion: Church and Disability: Obstacles and Bridges


Petros Bellos, President of the Association of People with Disabilities in Magnesia“Ippokambos”


Ioanna Georgiadou, Social Psychologist, MSc, Systemic Psychotherapist

Rev.Georgios Giannios, Parish Priest, The Annunciation of the Mother of God Church, Metropolis of Demetrias, Member of the writers team of the book manual: “The Religious lesson in Special Education”


Christina Lappa,

Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Education, University of Thessaly, Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University