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AN EVENT FOR THE EDUCATORS OF CORFU WAS ORGANISED BY THE HOLY METROPOLIS

 

The local Church of Corfu honored the teachers, on the occasion of the Holy Three Hierarchs and their feast.

On Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020, his Eminence,the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios along with the Union of the Christian Scientists organised an event, where they underlined the need to not lose the relationship between Church and Education, to not let the memory of the Holy Three Hierarchs be lost, whereas the President of the Municipal Council, Mr. Dimitrios Metallinos, underlined that the feast was made by the Ionian Academy in 1824, with the Lord Dimitrios Gylford, who was also an Orthodox Christian!

The keynote speaker at the event, which also marked the beginning of this year’s Open University courses organized by the local Church for the tenth year, was the Protopresbyter father. Evangelos Ganas, a scholar, a graduate of the Mechanical Engineer Department of the National and Technical University of Athens. The topic of the talk was “The Christian Testimony in the Age of High Tech”.Fr. Evangelos Ganas pointed out that no prohibition can induce one to satisfy the curiosity for knowledge. He expressed the skepticism of many about the state of the technology, emphasizing the problem of addiction. From the age of the extraterrestrial world in which everything was linked to the providence and love of God, the modernity in which everyone’s goal was “the Progress”, we have passed into the post-extraterrestrial age, in which the PROCEDURE triumphs. Algorithms work out what we want. The prophets of the new era are high tech companies.

The expectations of the technological age are mainly five: a. the prolongation of human life (the ambition of immortality) b. the enrichment of human nature with new possibilities, our eternal transformation into hybrid humans, a kind of cyborg, as in the movie “The Terminator” c. the overcoming of boredom, the diminishing of time and the bombardment with information and entertainment d. the decision-making with the help of computers and the cultivation of artificial intelligence e. the unlimited access to food, electricity, water and the internet

These expectations have not been able to truly satisfy one’s desires. a. According to great doctors, such as Professor Harvard Gaudette, we have a loss of sense of mortality, we live as if there was no death, and so we have forgotten to have children, since we will live forever, and everything will survive in any way b. life becomes an accumulation of experiences and memories, of trying to live it all and staying children, a kind of eternal Peter Pan. But only the lack, only the experience of the impossible gives meaning to desire, because you know that there will always be things you cannot enjoy, and so you must choose c. instead of boredom we have scatter and anxiety. Thinking is dead. Social networks have become a mirror and index of public opinion, but information filters are being redefined, resulting in less truth circulating in the name of truth and freedom e. Ecological crisis and planetary conflict, as well as and the exploitation of weak states show that the vision for the development of all is utopia without love, solidarity, respect for the environment. It all comes down to profit and power.

According to fr. Evangelos, metaphor is an expression of three heretical currents of early Christianity: epistemic, manic, and pelagic. The secrets of the initiates, the destruction of the body through the fulfillment of all desires and the greed for pleasure, the doctrine that the human will leads to perfection, make the Christian testimony hope. To declare and give our children that our future is still in God’s hands. To endure our trials with faith, to point out and live the fact that death is not frightening when Christ exists in our lives, that the Resurrection is our hope, to struggle to apply filters of meaning to life, truth, critical thinking, to choose what to see, what to read, what to discuss, find quality in our lives, and most of all, love. This is the way of the Three Hierarchs!

In his address to the teachers, the Bishop Nektarios of Corfu, concluding the event, emphasized, inter alia, that in our day faith remains the key. That any progress can not remove God from our lives if we do not want to, and called on the educational community not to waste another year in futile experiments on education without God!

Mrs Melita Andriotis, Vice-Rector of the Ionian University, Mr Theodoros Pappas, Mr Petros Angelopoulos, Regional Director, and the Union of Christian Scientists also addressed greetings. Seraphim Linosporis, while the hymns of the feast were performed by a choir of the Church of Ecclesiastical Music of the Holy Metropolis “The Saint Arsenios”, under the direction of the  Professor of the School Nektarios Bokos.

Finally, the local Church offered a treat to the teachers.

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