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Father Bassam A. Nassif

 

Fr. Bassam A. Nassif

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Academic Rank:

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

Faculty:

St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand

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EDUCATION

2014-2020

PhD in Theology(with distinction)
St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon
Dissertation: The Mystery of Marriage amid Deconstruction: A Dialogue between Orthodox Anthropology and Postmodern Perspectives


2008-2012

Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Care & Marital Counselling
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Thesis: Marital Conflicts: Redeeming Relationships in Lebanese Context”


 1994-1998

Master of Divinity (with high distinction)
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston, MA, USA
Award: Who Is Who in America.
Thesis:On the Confirmation of the Law of Moses, the Gospel and Orthodoxy.’ A Treatise written in Arabic by Theodore Abu Qurrah, Bishop of Harran (c.755-c.829).


 1989-1993

Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Award: The General Motors of Canada Engineering Award of Excellence.
Thesis:
 Using CNC Machines in Forming 1.4 L Front Covers.

 

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon

 

 

2012-present

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology (Full Time)


2005-2011

Lecturer of Pastoral Theology (Part Time)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AT UOB

2012-present

Master of Theology

-    THEO385: The Bible in Pastoral Care; (3cr. 45 hrs.)

-    THEO391: Church and Addiction: Spiritual Healing and Patristic Views (3cr. 45 hrs.);

-    THEO387: Marriage and Family: Contemporary Challenges (3cr. 45 hrs)


2005-present

Bachelor of Theology

-    THEO205: Introduction to Pastoral Life (2cr. 45 hrs.)

-    THEO289: Family Pastoral Care (3cr. 45 hrs.)

-    THEO284: Social & Family Care (3cr. 45 hrs.)

-    THEO285: Homiletics (2cr. 45 hrs.)

-    THEO287: Pastoral Field Training I (3cr. 60 hrs.)

-    THEO288: Pastoral Field Training II (3cr. 60 hrs.) 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE UOB

2015-present

Delivered lectures in various Pastoral Care, Pastoral Theology, Marriage and Family Care, and Sociology courses in the Faculty of Humanities, Notre Dame University, Faculty of Religious Sciences, St. Joseph University, and Faculty of Religious and Theological Sciences, La Sagesse University (Lebanon).

 

ACADEMIC ACTIVTIES & various publications

 

ON-GOING PROJECT

2019- present

A Practical Guide for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATION

2016-present

Academic Coordinator of the Bachelor of Theology Program


2014-2019

Academic Coordinator of "Kalima e-Learning Theology Program in Arabic."

 

COEDITED BOOK

2018

The People of God in Bible and Tradition: Semantic Implications and Modern Relevance (English and French). Co-edited by Fr. Bassam Nassif and Michel Nseir. Balamand Theological Conferences, v. 4: St John of Damascus Institute of Theology Publications, 2018. ISBN 978-614-454-046-6

 

E-Book

2016

‘On the Confirmation of the Law of Moses, the Gospel and Orthodoxy’ 
Pastoral Treatise by Theodore Abu Qurrah, Bishop of Harran (c.755-c.829)
(English).This book, originally my Master’s Thesis, was published as an e-book in 1996 by TREN, Portland, OR, USA, 1996: http://www.tren.com/, OCLC #: 894517821.

 

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

2014

Mixed Marriages in the Antiochian Orthodox Church (English). Christian Family and Contemporary Society. Edited by N. Dumiascu. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014, pp. 127-140. ISBN 978-0567657404


2014

Mixed Marriages in the Orthodox Church: An Educational Approach to a Pastoral Issue (English). Orthodox Handbook on Theological Education and Ecumenism. Edited by Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Thomas Fitzgerald, Cyril Hovorun, Aikaterini Pekridou, ETE/World Council of Churches, Geneva, Regnum Books International 2014, pp. 794-800. ISBN 978-1-90835544-7

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES (PEER REVIEWED)

2015

Pastoral Implications of the Trauma of War: The Case of Lebanon (English)
Annals of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, vol. 11, 2014, pp. 27-48.


2014

The Social View of the Orthodox Church: Faith and Practice (Arabic)
Annals of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, vol. 10, 2013, pp. 52-70.


2012

The Person & Work of Priests (English)
Annals of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, vol. 9, 2012, pp. 169-180.


2007

Toward Reinstituting the Kiss of Peace in the Liturgy (Arabic)
Annals of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, vol. 8, 2007, pp. 71-92.

 

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

2020

Charisma and the People of God (English). Conference Title: Chiamati alla vita in Cristo: Nella chiesa, nel mondo, nel tempo presente. Edited by Luigi d’Ayala Valva, Lisa Cremaschi e Adalberto Mainardi monaci di Bose: Atti del XXVII Convegno ecumenico internazionale di spiritualita ortodossa, Bose, Italy, 5-9 September, 2019 (Under Print).


2019

Postmodern Love and the Orthodox Spiritual Perspective (English). Conference Title: “Studia Theologica Doctoralia. Tenth International Conference.” Organized by the Faculties of Theology at the Universities of Iasi, Balamand, and Graz, 7-9 May 2018.

ISBN: 978-606-666- 496-7


2018

‘Give Ear O Shepherd of Israel’: A Plea for the Messianic New Exodus (English). The People of God in Bible and Tradition. Edited by Fr. Bassam Nassif, Michel Nseir. (Balamand Theological Conferences, v. 4), 2018, pp. 247-270. ISBN 978-614-454-046-6


2017

Googling the Truth: Educating our Youth on Wisdom and Discernment (Romanian). Educaţia religioasă a tinerilor în contextul secularizării actuale, Editura Basilica, Bucuresti. Edited by Ploieșteanul, V., Marica, F., Lemeni, A., 2017, pp. 143-156. ISBN 978-606-29-0154-7


2016

Mercy and Forgiveness in Pastoral Work and the Family: The Orthodox Church’s Perspective (Italian). Misericordia e perdono. Edited by Luigi d’Ayala Valva, Lisa Cremaschi e Adalberto Mainardi monaci di Bose: Atti del XXIII Convegno ecumenico internazionale di spiritualita ortodossa, Bose, 2016, pp. 235-260.
ISBN: 978-88-8227-479-5


2012

The Rhetoric Style of St. John of Damascus (English). Saint John the Damascene. Theology, Image and Melody. Edited by Porphyrios (Fadi) Georgi. Balamand: St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology Publications, 2012. pp. 77-90.

ISBN 978-9943-425-57-9


2011

Defending the Faith Using Logic and Pastoral Arguments: Theodore Abu Qurrah's Innovation (English). Byzantium in the Early Islamic Syria. Edited by Nadia El-Cheikh & Shaun O’Sullivan, American University of Beirut Press, 2011, pp. 129-146.
ISBN 978-9953-9025-2-4


2005

Religious Dialogue in the Eighth Century (English). 7ème Congrès International des Etudes Arabes Chrétiennes Parole de l’Orient Journal, vol. 30, 2005, pp. 333-340.
ISSN 1697-2104


 

CONFERENCE LECTURES

2019

Contribution Title: “Marriage in Postmodernity: An Orthodox Christian Perspective” (English). Conference Title: “Pan Orthodox Unity and Conciliarity.” Organized by the University of Iasi and the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA), Iasi, Romania, 9-12 January 2019.


2018

Contribution Title: “Preserve Them O Lord: The Media’s Attempt to Deconstruct Marriage” (English). Conference Title: “Living Water: Second International Conference on Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care.” Organized by the Pemptousia Internet Network and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Kolymbari, Crete, 18-22 June 2018.


2017

Contribution Title: “Hope in the Horror of War” (English). Conference Title: “Rekindling Hope. Organized by the Academic Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care – Fourth International Conference – Rhodes11-15 October 2017.


2017

Contribution Title: “The Orthodox Church’s Views on Artificial Fertilization” (Arabic). Conference Title: “Artificial Reproductive Technologies and the Stance of Islam and Christianity”. Organized by the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, 20 October 2017.


2015

Contribution Title: “Discernment: Spiritual Eyeglasses for Web Surfers” (English). Conference Title: “Living Water: First International Conference on Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care.” Organized by the Pemptousia Internet Network and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Athens, Greece, 7-9 May 2015.


2015

Contribution Title: “The Role of Priests in Supporting the Families of the Disabled Persons” (Arabic). Conference Title: “Pastoral Seminar on Disability.”  Organized by the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, and the Ecumenical Network in Support for the Disabled Persons, Balamand, May 9-10, 2015.


2015

Contribution Title: “The Orthodox Church’s View on Organ Donation” (Arabic). Conference Title: “Organ Donation: Religious Views.” Organized by the University of St. Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon- 5 February 2015. 


2014

Contribution Title: “Pastoral Implications of the Trauma of War” (English). Conference Title: “The Wound.” Organized by the Academic Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care - Third International Conference - Rhodes, 8-12 October 2014.


2013

Contribution Title: “Church as Family: Patriarch Ignatius IV’s Pastoral Vision of the Church” (Arabic). Conference Title: “Patriarch Ignatius IV: The Man and His Vision.” Organized by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, December 2013.


2012

Contribution Title: “Priesthood & Ministry in St Ephrem the Syrian and St John Chrysostom” (English).  Conference Title: “Exegetical Schools of Antioch, Edessa, and Nisibis.” Organized by the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon, February 2012.


2012

Contribution Title: “Preparing a Couple for a Mixed Marriage in Lebanon: A Case Study in Pastoral Education (English). Seminar Title: “World Council of Churches Joint Inter-Faculty Course.” Organized by Balamand, April, 2012.


 

REPORT

2012

The University of Balamand: An Academic and Spiritual Center (German). Jahrbuch Mission, vol. 44, 2012.


2010

Church and Nature (Arabic & English). A 7-Year Plan for Generational Changes for a Living Planet, University of Balamand, Institute of the Environment, June 2010.

 

ACADEMIC PASTORAL WORKSHOPS ORGANIZER

2019

Organized a Seminar on Hope in Times of Illness at the University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, February 14, 2019.


2015

Organized a Series of Lectures delivered by Professor Daniel Hinshaw on Palliative Care at the University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, February 27-28, 2015.


2013

Organized and Gave the Keynote Speech "Challenges Facing Christian Education of Youth" (Arabic), in Christian Education Workshop for Teachers of the Elementary and Secondary Schools in Lebanon and Syria, at the University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, September 3-5, 2013.

 

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP

2014-present

The Annals of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, the academic journal of the Institute of Theology at the University of Balamand.


2010-present

The Patriarchal Journal of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the official journal of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, Damascus.

 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH SERVICES AT THE ANTIOCHIAN PATRIARCHATE

  2019-present

Marriage and Family Synodical Session Coordinator 

Organizational and Follow-up Committee of the Synodical Session on marriage the family held in October 2019 at the Institute of Theology, and overseeing the publication of a booklet on the Sacrament of Marriage by the Holy Synod.


  2013-present

General Patriarchate's Directory Committee Member

Patriarchal Committee for the Preparation of the General Patriarchate's Directory.

 

  2013-2014

Conference on Antiochian Unity Coordinator

Organizational Committee of the Conference on Antiochian Unity, held in June 27, 2014, at the University of Balamand.

 

  2014-2016

Theological Committee on the Council of Crete Member

Theological Committee for the analysis and documentation of the papers delivered in the Council of Crete and the preparation of the Antiochian Church’s position on the subject.

 

 

SERVICES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND

  2014-present

Senate Member

Being a member of the University of Balamand Senate, I represent the Faculty of the Institute of Theology.


  2014-2018

Research Council Member

The Research Council supports both theoretical and applied research at UOB and connects the university's research activities with national and international research centers, and with major publishing houses. It evaluates and continuously works on improving the quality of research at Balamand.


  1999-present

Institute CouncilSecretary

The Council is the administrative body which supervises the students’ life and the academic operation of the Institute of Theology.


  2008-present

Farid & Daad Karam Reserve Committee Secretary

This committee oversees the activities and premises of the only Reserve owned by the University of Balamand.


  2014

Academic Educational Committee Member
Commissioned to study the Implications of E-learning on Teaching Methodology and on Student Learning at the University of Balamand.


  2012-2015, 2018-2020

Administrative Committee Member

The committee oversees student cases related to disciplinary issues and reported by the Faculties, professors and administrators, such as plagiarism, academic dishonesty, trouble making, or acts of violence.


  2013-2015, 2018-2020

Academic Committee Member

This committee of the Institute of Theology focuses on the academic programs at the Institute which are the Bachelor of Theology, the Master of Theology, and the online study programs. As a member of this committee I was in charge of the Bachelor program.


  2006-2008

Pastoral Field Education Committee Coordinator

Commissioned to design a Proposal for the “New Program of Pastoral Field Education Theology at the Institute of Theology.” It was implemented since October 2009.

 

 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  1998-present

Member, The Lebanese Order of Engineers, Beirut, Lebanon.


  2018-present

Board and Founding Member, International Association of Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care, coordinating the efforts of Orthodox digital media in Europe, America, Australia, the Middle East and Africa, towards a more effective articulation of the Gospel message, as well as establishing a coordinated effort to spread the values of the Orthodox Christian tradition.


  2017-present

Board and Founding Member, SAWA for Palliative Care, providing free services for terminally ill patients and medical, psychological, and spiritual support for their families.

 

PASTORAL EXPERIENCE

  2011-2014

Lecturer, Pastoral and Theological Program, Antiochian Archdiocese of Tripoli


  2003-present

Pastor, Village of Kaftoun, El-Koura, North Lebanon

  2007-present

Lecturer, Marriage Preparation Classes, St. Nicolas Centre, Antiochian Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon, Broumana


  2009-present

Lecturer & Founder, Marriage Preparation Program, Sts. Joachim & Anna Centre, Antiochian Archdiocese of Tripoli


  2000-present

Various Pastoral Lectures: Delivered lectures on various pastoral topics in parishes.


  2005-2007

Regional Advisor, College Ministry, MJO, Batroun


  1997-1998

Director of Christian Education & Pastoral Program: Antiochian Orthodox Church, Montreal, Canada. Set up a Christian Education Curriculum for the French and Arabic-speaking youth in the Antiochian Church. Organized Sunday Schools. Coordinated events and retreats. Supported troubled youth and families in crisis, and visited abandoned elderly and shut-ins.


  1996

Missionary Work: Participated in the Mission Outreach Program of the Orthodox Christian Mission Centre (USA) to help the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia after the fall of communism. Assisted in the construction of one Church. Made pastoral visits. Lectured and preached.


  1997-present

Contributions in Church Pastoral Magazines: The Patriarchal Journal of the Patriarchate of Antioch, Annour Magazine, Archangel Michael's Monastery Yearly Bulletin, and The Word Magazine.

 

LANGUAGES

 

Fluent in English, French, Arabic

 

Fair Knowledge of Ancient Greek

 

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