Related Societies

The societies listed below engage in academic study related to Orthodox Christianity in a variety of disciplines. Content on the OTSA website can be 'tagged' using any of the abbreviations below so that members can share their various scholarly endeavors and affiliations. If a society is missing from this list, please contact the web administrator with the relevant information you would like added.
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American Academy of Religion

As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has over 10,000 members who teach in some 1,000 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.

The Amsterdam Centre for Eastern Orthodox Theology

On 28 May 2010 the Amsterdam Centre for Eastern Orthodox Theology (ACEOT) was established. Prof. Wim Janse, dean of the Faculty of Theology, and Prof. Masha Antokolskaia, president of the Dutch Foundation for Eastern Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Praxis signed a letter of intent to this effect. Director of ACEOT is Dr. Michael Bakker.

American Historical Association

The American Historical Association (AHA) was founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 to serve the broad field of history. It encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment.

American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History

The central purpose of the American Society of Church History (ASCH), founded in 1888, is the scholarly study of the history of Christianity and its relationship to surrounding cultures in all periods, locations and contexts. Through publications, conferences, awards, research support, and other means, the Society encourages the study of the Christian church and faith, its figures and movements, in institutional and non-institutional settings. We welcome scholars and practitioners of all backgrounds who employ traditional or newly developing methods, disciplines, and approaches to the study of religion. The ASCH cooperates closely with the American Historical Association and other scholarly societies and organizations in joint annual meetings.

Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture

The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC) is a non-confessional scholarly organization. Since its founding in 2003, ASEC has been dedicated to promoting research, scholarship, and multi-disciplinary inquiry on cultures influenced by the various branches of Eastern Christianity, including the Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, and Non-Chalcedonian Churches, in addition to religious dissenters with origins in Orthodoxy.

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), a nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society, is the leading private organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe.

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
American Society for Legal History

The American Society for Legal History is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching, and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems, both Anglo-American and those that do not operate in the Anglo-American tradition. Founded in 1956, the Society sponsors the Law and History Review and Studies in Legal History, a series of book-length monographs available to ASLH members at substantial pre-publication discounts.

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
Byzantine Studies Association of North America

The Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc. (BSANA) was formed in 2006.  It is composed of three parts:  the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS), the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists (CCB), and the Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC).

Catholic Biblical Association

Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS) is the oldest humanities academic society in Canada. The Society provides a meeting place for those interested in all aspects of the academic study of the Bible—Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, New Testament—in its literary and historical context. Many of our members work, for example, in the Ancient Near East, post-biblical Judaism, Hellenistic religion and philosophy, archaeology, and Christian origins beyond the New Testament. Our annual meeting occurs in late May or early June, in conjunction with the Congress of Canadian learned societies sponsored by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). Members of the Society receive the journal Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses, which offers a refereed publication outlet for articles in our fields of study. In addition, Wilfrid Laurier University Press publishes Studies in Christianity and Judaism, a special series devoted to Canadian monographs in early Judaism and Christian origins. The Society annually awards five Awards/Prizes: two for student essays and three for publication and research in our fields of study.


The College Theology Society is a professional association of college and university professors. Founded in 1953 as a Roman Catholic organization of lay and religious teachers of undergraduate theology, the CTS today has a membership of over 900 college and university professors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. While maintaining its roots in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Society is increasingly ecumenical in its membership and concerns.

Catholic Theological Society of America

The purpose of the CTSA, within the context of the Roman Catholic tradition, shall be to promote studies and research in theology, to relate theological science to current problems, and to foster a more effective theological education, by providing a forum for an exchange of views among theologians and with scholars in other disciplines.

European Association of the Study of Religions

The European Association of the Study of Religions promotes the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of scholars in Europe whose research has a bearing on the subject. 

The objective of the EASR is pursued by the usual means of scholarly activity such as the arrangement of conferences, symposia or colloquia, the encouragement of scholarly publications, the exchange of information through electronic or other means, and  other activities.

Enoch Seminar
International Association of Orthodox Dogmatic Theologians

The International Association of Orthodox Dogmatic Theologians (IAODT)  is a community of professors, scholars and  institutions involved in the study and teaching Orthodox Dogmatic theology. It  aims at promoting research in Dogmatic Theology at the international level in  the spirit of Orthodox  Church Tradition, and elaborating the practical dimension of Dogmatic Theology, exploring its implications both for the internal life of the Church as well as for her mission to the world.

Institute of Eastern Christian Studies

The Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (IVOC) was founded in 1991 in order to continue the work of the Institute of Byzantine and Ecumenical Studies in the Netherlands. This institute had been led by the Congregation of the Fathers Assumptionists for forty years. The Institute of Eastern Christian Studies is unique in Dutch-speaking countries. It is closely linked to the Radboud University of Nijmegen. The Institute of Eastern Christian is registered by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK 41057572).

Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Muhlenberg College has established the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding as an expression of its commitment to interfaith relations. The IJCU uses the resources of the academic community to foster such research and dialogue and to build bridges of understanding between the faith traditions.

Institute For Academic Study of Eastern Christianity

INaSEC combines academic neutrality and impassioned engagement with Orthodox religious and cultural heritage. Anticipating on the future socio- and geopolitical developments, INaSEC offers a platform for an open and profound reflection on the past and present of Orthodoxy in specific European contexts. The aim of the Institute is to inspire interested dialogue, to involve scholars and decision-makers in intellectual debate and to stimulate them not to shy away from difficult or delicate topics. Thus, it not only contributes to academic knowledge, but also to multilateral diplomacy and to (ecumenical) dialogue. INaSEC makes a difference through its commitment, approach and the original and cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.

The LOGOS Group
Medieval Academy
Modern Language Association
North American Academy of Ecumenists

The North American Academy of Ecumenists is a scholarly and professional community of those actively involved in realizing the unity of Christ's church through their teaching, research, ecclesiastic work, and common witness.

North American Academy of Liturgy

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship. NAAL meets annually in early January in cities throughout the United States and Canada. The academy’s more than twenty seminars provide the locus of our work and the heart of our meetings.

The North American Patristics Society

The North American Patristics Society is a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history, literature, and theology of ancient Christianity. Founded in 1970, the Society welcomes a diversity of disciplinary and methodological approaches and invites the participation of scholars at all stages of their careers; NAPS boasts a large and active graduate student membership. Among the Society’s major activities are the sponsorship of an annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, and the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies. Membership in NAPS includes a subscription to the journal.

North American Academy of Ecumenists
The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion

OCAMPR exists to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and promote Christian fellowship among healing professionals in medicine, psychology and religion. Members pursue an understanding of the whole person which integrates the basic assumptions of medicine, psychology and religion within the Orthodox Christian faith in educating and serving Church and community.

Orthodox Scholars' Initiative

Despite the prevalence of highly educated Orthodox Christians in the United States today, there is no comprehensive data on Orthodox Christian faculty teaching in the myriad disciplines of higher education. The new Orthodox Scholars’ Initiative (OSI) database is designed to enable Orthodox Christian faculty and researchers of every discipline—economists, scientists, historians, sociologists, etc.—to find an network with one another, as well as to serve as resources for Orthodox Christian students, parishes, and organizations.


Orthodox Theological Society in America

Pappas Patristic Institute

Founded in 2003 by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine for the advancement of Greek and Eastern Patristic studies, our mission is to serve both the Academy and the Church. The institute enjoys close cooperation with the other Seminaries and Universities in the Boston area through its membership in the Boston Theological Institute.

Society of Biblical Literature

Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. As an international organization, the Society offers its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.

The Society of Christian Ethics

The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields.

Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches

The Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches was established according to Austrian Law at the end of the 1960s. The organisational centre of the Society is the Department for Legal Philosophy, Law of Religion and Culture (former Institute for Canon Law) of the Viennese Faculty of Law. The purpose of the Society is the promotion of better international and inter-confessional scholarly collaboration among specialists of the Law of the Eastern Churches and of the Civil Law on Churches insofar as it concerns the Eastern Churches.

Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches
Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas

The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas (SOCHA) exists to promote the study of the history of the Orthodox Christian Church in the New World; to collect source materials and make them available to researchers and scholars; to disseminate historical information to the public; and to encourage networking among those engaged in the study of American Orthodox history. SOCHA is particularly dedicated to this study based on the examination of primary sources with integrity and clarity.

Societas Liturgica

Societas Liturgica exists to:

  • encourage research in the field of worship and allied subjects
  • explore the pastoral implications of such research
  • facilitate the exchange of the results of this research and other liturgical knowledge
  • seek to deepen the mutual understanding of the various liturgical traditions
  • seek ways to make clear the relevance of liturgy in the contemporary world
Society for Pentecostal Studies
Society of Biblical Literature
Society of Christian Ethics
Science and the Orthodox Church In North America

SOCNA will promote research between Orthodox Christian Theology and the sciences, and will make the Orthodox Church in North America a more active and visible part of the larger religion and science dialogue, first in North America and Canada, and then worldwide. In this project we will investigate the Orthodox relationship and reaction to the sciences but will engage the larger historical and geographical dimensions of the Orthodox world.

Society of Oriental Liturgy
The Sophia Institute

The Sophia Institute – The William and Maria Spears International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture

Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) exists to promote research and dialogue within the growing community of persons interested in the field of spirituality. The SSCS is ecumenical and strives to be inclusive of the widest possible range of expressions of Christian spirituality. Its work is interdisciplinary, encouraging the application of diverse critical approaches to the study of spirituality.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)’s mission is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology. We welcome teachers of all stripes, whether teaching in a university, two or four-year college, or high school, tenured, adjunct, or teaching assistant. STP has resources and services ranging from pedagogically-sound sample syllabi (Project Syllabus), class demonstrations (Teaching Resources, ToPIX), and E-books to the outstanding Teaching of Psychology (ToP) journal. There is perhaps no greater advocate for the needs of teachers of psychology than STP and we hope you will join us if you are not already a member.

Volos Academy for Theological Studies

The Academy for Theological Studies of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias functions as an open forum of thought and dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the broader scholarly community of intellectuals worldwide. In its effort to foster interdisciplinary and inter-religious understanding, the Academy has been organizing a series of studies, international seminars, conferences, round tables and publications. In order to meet this objective, the Academy for Theological Studies has collaborated with numerous other institutions, jointly addressing problems and challenges of our time, in a spirit of respect for each other’s differences. Thus the Academy has collaborated with institutions like the Boston Theological Institute, the French Institute in Athens, DruryUniversity(USA), the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and the World Council of Churches, the Department of Orthodox Theology of the University of Munich, the Athens Pedagogical Institute, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the Association of Orthodox Women in Europe, the Middle East Council of Churches(MECC), the Ecumenical Youth Council of Europe(EYCE), the Forum of European Muslim Youth Students Organizations(FEMYSO), the Municipal Center of History in Volos, and a number of journals, academic periodicals and publication houses. As a result of this scholarly activity, the Diocese of Demetrias and the city of Volos have become an international meeting place for encounter and dialogue.