Ecumenical Patriarchate Religious Freedom Lecture presented by Order of Saint Andrew at Oxford University

Ecumenical Patriarchate Religious Freedom Lecture presented by Order of Saint Andrew at Oxford University

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Oxford, United Kingdom – On March 27, 2015, with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis presented a dynamic multimedia lecture regarding the religious freedom crisis asphyxiating the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Harris Manchester College at the renowned University of Oxford sponsored by the Oxford Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy (oxfordpolicycentre.com). The three-day symposium entitled Persecution, Peace and Reconciliation focused on religious freedom in the Republic of Turkey. Distinguished speakers from Europe, Africa, China and the United States participated in the symposium, including Baroness Elizabeth Rose Berridge, Member of the House of Lords, Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Turkish parliamentarian, Dr. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir an expert on religious minorities in Turkey and other distinguished scholars. At the conclusion of the symposium Commander Limberakis was conferred the position of Distinguished Fellow of the Oxford Centre at Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford.

The Oxford Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy is based at Oxford University at Harris Manchester College. It was established by Jay Alan Sekulow, PhD, JD and the American Center for Law and Justice and the European Centre for Law and Justice. The Oxford Centre offers an academic environment designed to bring leading thinkers, academics, and practitioners from across the globe to participate in scholarly pursuit aimed at protecting Christians and others facing persecution in the Middle East and other parts of the globe. The Oxford Centre for the Study of Law and Public Policy has a distinguished list of fellows throughout the academic world.


The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle is comprised of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or “offikion,” bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as “Archons of the Great Church of Christ,” and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The Order of St. Andrew’s fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, wellbeing and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle comprises Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or "offikion," bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as "Archons of the Great Church of Christ," and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. The Order of St. Andrew's fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, well-being and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.