Prof.Dr. Bert Groen

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1. Lectures

1978/79, 2nd semester: Seminar: "Current Liturgy” (Dutch) 

Subjects: Liturgy as festival and celebration; liturgy as communication, symbol and ritual; the historical-genetic, literary-historical, semiotic and practical-theological methods in liturgical studies; partici­pating observation and analysis; comparison of liturgical and ‘profane’ celebrations

Place: Catholic Theological University of Amsterdam

 

November 1984: Course of four lectures: "The Anointing of the Sick in the Greek Orthodox Church" (Dutch) 

Subject: Historical development, current practice and present formulary of the anointing of the sick in the Greek Orthodox Church

Place: Theological Faculty, University of Nijmegen  

 

1987/88, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity" (Dutch)

Subjects: History and present situation of Eastern Christianity; ecumenical and inter-religious aspects

 

1987/88, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Eastern Christian Spirituality" (Dutch)

Subjects: Spirituality; monasticism and hesychasm; secularisation and commu­nism; fundamentalism and openness for new directions; nationalism and national identity

Place: Theological Faculty, University of Nijmegen

 

1988/89, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity" (Dutch)

1988/89, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Eastern Christian Art" (Dutch)

Subjects: Reflections on art and theology; iconography and architecture; poetry and hymno­logy; link between religion and art in Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy

Place: Theological Faculty, University of Nijmegen

 

1989/90, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity" (Dutch)

1989/90, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Eastern Christian Spirituality" (Dutch)

Place: Theological Faculty, University of Nijmegen 

 

1990/91, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity" (Dutch)

1990/91, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Religion in Eastern Europe" (Dutch)

Subjects: Historical aspects and new situation of Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and Islam after the fall of the Communist regimes; tension between traditionalism and fundamentalism, on the one hand, and openness for new developments, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, on the other.

Place: Theological Faculty, University of Nijmegen

 

1991/92, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Byzantine Christianity" (Dutch) 

Subjects: History and present situation of the Greek, Romanian and Slavic Orthodox denominations; ecumenical and inter-religious aspects

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

 

1994/95, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Byzantine Christianity" (Dutch)

1994/95, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Byzantine Chant and Liturgy" (Dutch)

Subjects: Chanting and hymnology in the Greek and Slavic traditions; service books; sacraments and other rituals; tension between liturgical renewal and traditionalism

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

 

1995/96, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Byzantine Christianity" (Dutch)  

1995/96, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Byzantine Spirituality" (Dutch)

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

   

1996/97, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Byzantine Christianity" (Dutch)

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

 

Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity" (German)

Place: Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Munster

Seminar: "Uniate Churches in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East (Uniatism): Origin-Development-Problems-Perspectives" (German)

Subjects: Origins, historical development, current problems and meaning of the Eastern Christian Uniate churches in Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Place: Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Munster

 

1996/97, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: "Byzantine Art" (Dutch)

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

Course of lectures: "Conflicts in Ecumenical Relations between the Eastern and the Western Churches" (German)

Seminar: "Nationalism in Eastern Orthodoxy" (German)

Place: Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Munster

 

1997/98, 1st semester: Course of lectures: "Introduction to Eastern Christianity and Ecumenical Perspectives" (German)

Seminar: "Conflicts and Reconciliation in Eastern Orthodoxy” (German) 

Subjects: Conflict, violence and reconciliation between different denominations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East (Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews)

Place: Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Munster

 

Two lectures: “Russian Icons” (Dutch)

Subject: Meaning of Russian iconography and icons

Place: Senior Citizens’ Education, University of Nijmegen

 

1998/99, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Byzantine Christianity” (Dutch)

Seminar: “Nationalism in Eastern Orthodoxy” (Dutch)

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

 

1998/99, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Byzantine Liturgy and Art” (Dutch)

Place: Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen

 

Five lectures: “Eastern Christian Spirituality” (Dutch)

Place: Senior Citizens’ Education, University of Nijmegen

 

1999/2000, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Byzantine-Rite Liturgical Poetry” (Dutch)

Subjects: Poetry by Romanos Melodos, Akathistos-Hymn, Kondakia, canons, and other liturgical poems

 

1999/2000, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “The Byzantine Holy Week and Paschal Liturgy” (Dutch)

Subject: Byzantine-rite services of Holy Week and Easter

 

2000/2001, 2nd semester: Seminar: “Byzantine Palaeography and Byzantine Liturgical Manus­cripts” (English)

Course of lectures: “Comparison between Eastern Orthodox and Western Theology” (English)

Place: International Graduate School of Theology, University of Nijmegen

 

2001/2002, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Orthodox Ecclesiology, Ecumenism, and Uniatism” (English)

2001/2002, 2nd semester: Seminar “Byzantine Palaeography and Byzantine liturgical texts” (English)

Course of lectures: “Eastern and Western Approaches to Theology” (English)

Place: International Graduate School of Theology, University of Nijmegen

 

2002/2003, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Liturgy in Current Practical-Theological Reflection” (German)

Subject: pastoral-liturgical themes, such as liturgical reform, vernacular language, worship and youth, liturgy and ecumenism

Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist I” (German)

Place: Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Graz

 

2002/2003, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist II” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals I - II” (German)

 

2003/2004, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German)

Subjects: historical development of Christian worship; methodology

Course: “Byzantine Liturgical Paleography” (German and Greek)

 

2003/2004, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Liturgy in Current Practical-Theological Reflection” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals I - II” (German)

Course: “Study of Byzantine Liturgical Texts” (German and Greek)

 

2004/2005, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist I” (German)

Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German)

 

2004/2005, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist II” (German)

Seminar: “Rites of the Sick and the Deceased” (German)

 

2005/2006, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals I” (German)

 

2005/2006, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Liturgy in Current Practical-Theological Reflection” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals II” (German)

 

2006/2007, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German)

Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist I” (German)

 

2006/2007, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Celebration and Theology of the Eucharist II” (German)

Seminar: “The Sacrament of Matrimony, and the Multi-Formity of Love Relationships” (German)

 

2007/2008, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Liturgy in Current Practical-Theological Reflection” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals I” (German)

Course of lectures: “Theology of the Sacraments and Sacramentals II” (German)

 

2008/2009, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German)

Course of lectures: “Liturgy and Sacraments in the Context of Post-Modern Societies” (German)

 

2008/2009, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German)

Course of lectures: “Witness to God – Church in Action” (German)

Seminar: “The Celebration of the Eucharist in Eastern and Western Christianity” (German)

Source Reading Course: “Two Different Models of the Eucharist: the Missale Romanum Editions of 1570 and 1970” (German and Latin)

 

2009/2010, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German; with Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Peter Ebenbauer)

Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German)

Source Reading Course: “Two Different Models of the Eucharist: the Missale Romanum Editions of 1570 and 1970” (German and Latin)

Seminar including lectures: “Ecclesiastical Ritual-Liturgical Practice as Public Faith Formation” (German)

 

2009/2010, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament I” (German)

Source Reading Course: “Two Different Models of Sacramental Celebrations: the ‘Tridentine’ Rituale Romanum and the ‘Vatican II’ Rituale Romanum” (German and Latin)

 

2010/2011, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German; with Peter Ebenbauer)

Source Reading Course: “Two Different Models of Sacramental Celebrations: the ‘Tridentine’ Rituale Romanum and the ‘Vatican II’ Rituale Romanum” (German and Latin)

Source Reading Course: “The Greek Euchologion: Celebration and Theology of the Sacraments I” (German and Classical Greek)

Seminar: “Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation: Steps toward Christian 

Adulthood?” (German; with Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weirer) 

 

2010/2011, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German)

Course of lectures: “Liturgy and Sacraments in the Context of Post-Modern Societies” (German)

Source Reading Course: “Two Different Models of Sacramental Celebrations: the ‘Tridentine’ Rituale Romanum and the ‘Vatican II’ Rituale Romanum, II” (German and Latin)

Source Reading Course: “The Greek Euchologion: Celebration and Theology of the Sacraments II” (German and Classical Greek)

 

 

2011/2012, 1st semester: Seminar: “Catholic Liturgy between Dogma and Devotion” (English; with Prof. Dr. Teresa Berger)

Place: Yale Divinity School, New Haven, USA

 

2012/2013, 1st semester: Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German; with Peter Ebenbauer)

Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament I” (German)

 

2012/2013, 2nd semester: Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German)

Course of lectures: “Liturgy and Sacraments in the Context of Post-Modern Societies” (German)

 

2013/2014, 1st semester: Seminar: “Eastern Liturgy” (German)

Seminar including lectures: “Ecclesiastical Ritual-Liturgical Practice as Public Faith Formation” (German)

Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German) 

 

Two lectures: “Liturgical Renewal Initiated by the Second Vatican Council: Current Challenges” (Modern Greek)

Place: Aristotle University, Thessalonica (Erasmus Programme)

 

2013/2014, 2nd semester

Course of Lectures: “The Anointing of the Sick and the Small Water Blessing in the Byzantine Rite” (Italian)
Place: Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome

 

Course of Lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament I” (German)

Course of Lectures “The People of God Today” (German, with Prof. Dr. Rainer Bucher)

Doctoral Programme “Visual Culture and its Interdisciplinary Aspects” (German, with colleagues from other scholarly branches)

 

2014/2015, 1st semester

Course of Lectures: “Religious Popular Culture and Worship Rituals in Southeastern Europe” (English)

Course of lectures: “Introduction to Liturgical Studies” (German; with Peter Ebenbauer)

2014/2015, 2nd semester:

Course of Lectures: “Liturgical Language and Vernacular Tongues in the Eastern Churches” (Italian)
Place: Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome

 

Seminar: “Liturgy with the Sick and the Dying, as well as for the Deceased, in the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Traditions” (German)

Course of lectures: “Liturgy and Sacraments in the Context of Post-Modern Societies” (German)

Course of lectures: “Ritual, Symbol, and Sacrament II” (German)

Course of Lectures “The People of God Today” (German, with Rainer Bucher)

 

 

In addition, I have supervised numerous papers, master theses and doctoral dissertations, as well as several ‘Habilitationen’.

 

2. Guest Lectures

March 1983: Course of four lectures: "The Divine Liturgy of the Western Church" (Modern Greek) 

Subject: History of Western Christian worship

Place: Orthodox Theological Faculty, Aristotle University, Thessalonica

 

1991/92, 2nd semester: Three lectures: “History and Current Practice of the Anointing of the Sick in the Western and Eastern Churches” (Dutch)

Place: Catholic Theological University of Utrecht

 

Other guest lectures at:

Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Ghent

Universities of Erfurt, Prague, Vienna 

Rome (Pontifical Oriental Institute)

Universities of Beograd, Bucharest, Sibiu

University of Veliko Tărnovo and Catholic University of Ružomberok in Spišska Kapitula

Aristotle University Thessalonica, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessalonica, 

University of Beer Sheva 

Yale University, University of Oregon, Seattle University

Saint Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute and Indian Orthodox Major Seminary, both in Kottayam, Kerala, India

 

 

In addition, numerous public lectures for wider audiences.