St. Andrew’s in 2013

2013 was a difficult year for all of us.  The problems of non-profit organizations in Russia have touched St. Andrew's and we had to spend several months time responding to various inquiries and related lawsuits. However, despite these challenges, it was a fruitful year. We held a number of important scholarly and public conferences with accent on ecumenical dialogue and civil society, published many new books and organized several Summer Institutes.

Summer Theological Institutes and Public Conferences

We continued our highly successful Summer Theological Institutes (STI), organizing two sessions in Moscow: the 12th STI and the 9th Summer Institute on Theology and Science on 1-13 July. These were vibrant meetings with very intensive studies and active communication between students and teachers. Ca 50 students came from all over Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries and represented all major confessions. Many of them were established specialists and university professors. Teachers were St. Andrew’s best professors.

4th Symposium Feast Images in Theology, Philosophy and Culture in memory of Natalia Trauberg; The Jaroslav Pelikan Day in Moscow – a conference dedicated to 90th anniversary of one of our past Patrons; and the 18th St. Andrew’s Readings on contemporary theological issues on 13-15 December were open to a wide audience and gathered many friends of our Institute.

Interconfessional and International Cooperation

A number of important international conferences were organized in 2013: Media, Religion, and Civil Society Workshop, Moscow, 16 May – part of a large European project sponsored by the Sigtuna Foundation (Sweden); Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual? Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 23-26 May co-organized by eight Orthodox centres from different countries; Scientific and Religious Understandings of the World, Moscow, 11 October; Ecumenical Theology and Hermeneutics in Post-Modern Age, Bose, Italy, 16-19 October; Faith in the Public Square, Chisinau, Moldova, 6-10 November held jointly with the Filocalia Association, Moldova and Kerk in Actie, Utrecht and combined with the 4th Consultation of an Orthodox-Protestant-Catholic network “Development of Ecumenical Leadership in Mission”; Christian Anthropology in Face of Modernity, Minsk, Belarus, 17-19 November co-organised with the Christian Educational Centre (Minsk), the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Vatican) and other organizations; and Onomatodoxy in the Context of Eastern and Western Christianity, Moscow, 26 November.

St. Andrew’s rector and other faculty members participated in many international events including 10th WCC General Assembly (Busan, Korea), the annual conference of Journées d’Arras dedicated to Christian-Muslim dialogue (Sofia), the annual Conference of Oikosnet Europe (Liebfrauenberg, France), 17th Renovabis Congress Freedom and Solidarity: Christians in Responsibility for Europe (Freising), conference Contemporary Biblical Studies and the Tradition of the Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Christmas Readings (Moscow),  and many others.

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. Over 300 books have been published since 1993. In 2013 we published 25 volumes including:

  • Theo-Logic I. Truth of the World by Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Church Dogmatics, vol. 3 by Karl Barth
  • Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). Theological-Exegetical Commentary by Ulrich Luz
  • What I Believe by Hans Küng
  • Angels and Demons by Peter Kreeft
  • Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology by Wentzel van Huyssteen
  • Theology of Beauty by Alexei Bodrov and Mikhail Tolstoluzhenko, Eds.
  • Faith beyond Resentment by James Alison
  • Called to be the Soul of the World. Texts of Christians of the first Centuries compiled by Br. Alois of Taizé

Our participation in international book exhibitions in Frankfurt, Moscow and Lviv helps us to develop cooperation with leading publishers and book distributors worldwide. And we maintain our special book distribution projects to theological, university and regional libraries and to theological graduates – though at a reduced scale this year.