Married Greek clergy in contemporary society: exploring the roles of the Priest and Presbytera in the Australian context

Tsacalos, Catherine (2009) Married Greek clergy in contemporary society: exploring the roles of the Priest and Presbytera in the Australian context. In: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies , pp. 183-192. From: Greek Research in Australia: Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies , 28 June-1 July 2007, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

Anecdotal evidence suggests the image and the roles of the Greek Orthodox Priest and Presbytera are surrounded by a tradition of vague ideas mixes with many stories passed down from generation to generation. Role ambiguity and confusion exists about the ministry of the Greek Orthodox Church in an Australian and global context. This research is an exploration of real experiences that could challenge some perceptions and expectations while drawing together the diverse and multi-dimensional roles of the Greek Orthodox Priest and Presbytera in the Australian context, identifying the tug-of-war of "what should be" and "what is." The aim is to develop a better understanding of where the Priest and Presbytera fit in the overall substance of the Greek Orthodox Church through a synchronic view with polyphonic layers of their stories, in contemporary society. The first fruits of this labour have been divided into several categories: the Priest and the Church; the Presbytera and the Church; Marriage and the Church.

Item ID: 8643
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-7258-1134-1
Keywords: Greek; Priest; Presbytera; marriage; church
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 00:53
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services @ 100%
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