Conference: "Interconfessional and Interreligious Dialogue in Russia and the Post-Soviet Space"

From 12 to 13 December 2014, St. Andrew's Biblical Theological Institute, in cooperation with Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern Christianity (Amsterdam) and St. Thomas Institute (Moscow) has organized an International Conference on interconfessional and interreligious dialogue in Russia and the post-soviet space. Many scholars (historians, theologians, philosophers) and other interested participants from Russia and Europe attended the conference. You can watch videos of the presentations in our YouTube channel at the links below.

Programme of the Conference in PDF



12-13 December 2014

12 December, Friday

09:45-10:00 Registration of participants

10:00-10:30 Opening of the Conference

  • Alexei Bodrov, Rector of St. Andrew’s Institute
  • Dietrich Brauer, Archbishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia
  • Katya Tolstaya, Director of INaSEC
  • Tomás García, Director of St. Thomas Institute 
  • Greetings from guests

10:30-11:00 Reinhard Thöle. Dictionary for the Bilateral Theological Dialogues between the Evangelical Church in Germany and Orthodox Churches 1959–2013

11:00-11:45 John Dick. Fundamentalism: When Narrow-minded religion becomes more important than faith 

11:45-12:15 Coffee-break  

12:15-12:45 Panel discussion: Reinhard Thöle, John Dick

12:45-13:15 br. Matthew (Taizé). Pilgrims of Trust – the adventure of Taizé and young people

13:15-14:15 Lunch 

14:15-14:45 Uri Gershovich. The method of multi-ideological education as applied to interconfessional dialogue in the post-soviet space [in Russian]

14:45-15:30 Thaddée Barnas. Some Issues in the dialogue between the Western Christian Churches and Judaism

15:30-16:00 Tatiana Khizhaya. Jews and Christians in each other's eyes at the beginning of the 21st century (after the materials on Russian religious websites) [in Russian]

16:00-16:30 Coffee-break

16:30-17:00 Oleg Bresky. Secularism in the Eastern Europe and secure state [in Russian]

17:00-18:00 Round table discussion [in Russian, English] 

18:30 Dinner 

20:30 Concert: Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (The Immaculate Conception Cathedral)


13 December, Saturday

10:00-10:45 Ton Lathouwers. Where Zen, Dostoevsky and the Orthodox Christianity meet  [in Russian]

10:45-11:15 Boris Orion. On the possibility of similarity between the ideals of love in Buddhism and Christianity [in Russian]

11:15-11:45 Panel discussion: Ton Lathouwers, Boris Orion  [in Russian]

11:45-12:15 Coffee-break 

12:15-12:45 Annewieke Vroom. God or Emptiness? Zenbuddhist Masao Abe in dialogue with Christian thinkers (1963-1998)

12:45-13:15 Dmitry Melnikov. A paradox of faith: behind the horizon of the possible [in Russian]

13:15-13:45 Sergei Lobanov. The problem of recognition of new religious movements of Hindu origin as partners in interreligious dialogue with the traditional religions in Russia [in Russian]

13:45-14:45 Lunch 

14:45-15:15 Dominic Rubin. Miroslav Volf’s Allah: an American theologian on “two faiths, a common good, a single government”. What might this approach give to Russian Muslim-Christian relations?

15:15-15:45 Andrei Desnitsky. Metaphor in contemporary philology and in interreligious dialogue [in Russian]

15:45-16:15 Sergei Melnik. Interreligious dialogue: the problem of definition [in Russian]

16:15-16:45 Coffee-break 

16:45-17:45 Round table discussion [in Russian, English]

18:00 Book launch: Ton Lathouwers, More Than Anyone Can Do: Zen Talks [in Russian]

Book lottery 

19:00 Reception on the occasion of St. Andrew’s Day