Koukoura Dimitra

Office Phone: 
2310 233953
Dept D: Worship, Christian Education and Church Administration
Short Biography: 

Born in Thessaloniki – Greece. She studied in Thessaloniki – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki  (BA in Linguistics, BA in Theology,  PhD in  Patristic Rhetorics, Faculty of Theology) and Paris - Université  Réné Descartes – Paris V (Maitrise + DEA Linguistics and Social  Linguistics), Université Paris I – Panthéon (DEA  Byzantine History),  Institut Catholique de Paris (DEA Theology).  Pr. Koukoura worked as a  professor of Ancient and Modern Greek Literature at the Secondary Education  (1981-1993). In 1993, she was elected lecturer on Homiletics and  Communication at the Department of Theology – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,  the very first woman at that time among 35 male teaching staff of the Department. Currently  she is a full time Professor and  teaches  Homiletics and Church Communication, Rhetorics, Introduction to Theology, and Women’s Issues.

Her publications include six books, written in Greek, in her field of academic expertise and a lot of articles in Greek, English, and other languages on homiletics and ecumenical issues. She has been involved in the  ecumenical movement for the 28 last years under different capacities (resource person, advisor, counselor, facilitator, etc) in various programs  (Mission and Evangelism, JPIC,  Combat Against Racism, Women’s Decade, Faith and Order.

Professor Koukoura attended the last four WCC Assemblies and as member of the Commission Churches in Dialogue  the CEC Assembly (Lyon 2009) and  CEC-CCEE (Sibiu 2007) .  Representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate, she is a  member of the Faith and Order Plenary  and  Standing Commission (WCC), Academic Committee of Elijah Interfaith Institut and Stiring of  Global Christian Forum.  She is also member of Societas Homiletica and  ESWTR. She is fluent in English, French and Italian and understands Spanish  and Russian.
Her main academic focus is on  the dissemination of the Gospel message in the modern world, and the investigation  of communication factors affecting its reception and espousal.

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