Our Christmas greetings

Glory to God in Highest, Peace and Good Will to All People!
Dear Friends, 
As we celebrate the birth of Christ the Lord, 
May you be filled with peace and joy during this Christmas season 
And throughout the coming year. 
We wish you, your family and friends peace, love, well-being and health.

Dr. Alexei Bodrov, Rector 
on behalf of St. Andrew’s faculty and staff 


St. Andrew's in 2021

The second pandemic year was very difficult for many, and we were no exception. However, despite the pandemic, we held several important events with an emphasis on ecumenical dialogue and civil society, published new books and organized three sessions of our Summer Institutes.

Summer Theological Institutes

We continued our highly successful Summer Theological Institute (STI), organizing its first session in fact in winter on 25-30 January (it was a continuation of the last year STI) and two sessions of the 20th STI in Moscow from 28 June to 10 July (one group included those who had theological education and another included students of secular universities). These were vibrant meetings with very intensive studies and active communication between students and teachers. About 35 students came from all over Russia and represented all major confessions. Many of them were established specialists in their fields. Teachers were St. Andrew’s best professors. As a continuation of the STI we organized a series of seminars in Christianity in the modern world.

Interconfessional and International Cooperation

We held two important international conferences: Theology of Community: Theologically Rethinking Post-Modern Societies on 28 September – 1 October in Bose, Italy (jointly with the Monastery of Bose) and Religion and Social Justice on 10–11 December in Moscow (jointly with VU Amsterdam and Pokrovskie Vorota Cultural Centre). It was a combination of physical presence and Zoom – it worked very well!

We also hosted two local conferences targeting a wider audience: “A Feast in Time of Plague”: Feast Images in Theology, Philosophy and Culture, 11th Symposium in Memory of Natalia Trauberg on 10 April and 26th St. Andrew’s Readings on Contemporary Theological Issues on 12 December.

St. Andrew’s rector and other faculty members participated in several international events including the European Academy of Religion (Münster, 30 August - 2 September), Oikosnet-Europe annual conference (Sigtuna, Sweden, 6-10 October) and Arab-European Citizens Dialogue (Chania, Greece, 28-30 October). Many other meetings were organised via Zoom including regular meetings of CEC Thematic Group on Science, Technologies, and Christian Ethics.

Publishing Program

St. Andrew’s is a recognized leader in academic theological publishing in Russian and our books are in demand at Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant seminaries, university theology departments and, most important, in the secular market. In 2021 we published 11 volumes including:

  • The Bible, Contemporary Russian Translation, 3rd ed.
  • Dante by Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth by David Bentley Hart, 2nd ed.
  • Religion and Liberalism by Alexei Bodrov and Mikhail Tolstoluzhenko, Eds.
  • The Dilogy of Luke: Composition and Synoptic Sources by Wadim Wittkowsky

And we also reprinted quite a number of our older titles, many of which became classics. We maintain our special book distribution projects to theological, university and regional libraries and to theological graduates – though at a reduced scale this year.

St. Andrew's Biblical Theological Institute
Jerusalem St. 3, Moscow, 109316, Russia
Tel/fax: +74956702200