Orthodoxy Spiritual Centre Workshops
Vladimir Orthodoxy Seminary
The oldest educational institution in the Vladimir region, dating back to 1749, Vladimir Orthodoxy Seminary, home of the Russian Society of Orthodox Teachers, prepares priests for service in the Russian Orthodox Church. Drawing from the expertise in theological concerns of the Seminary and the scientific, humanities, and technological scholarship of Vladimir State University, this society hosts a “wide open” interdisciplinary dialogue at the Diocese between different confessions and different institutions of the city and region. Monthly meetings engage specialists working and conducting research in the spheres of natural sciences, the humanities, and theology to consider topics in theology, biology, medicine, physics, philosophy, history, and anthropology. In general, discussion topics are divided into three major sections: “Ecology, Natural Science and Orthodox Theology in Modern Russian Society,” “Orthodox Education and Secular Outlook,” and “World Orthodox Tradition and Inter-Confessional Dialogue.” In addition to the monthly meetings, the group hosts regular seminars inviting local, regional, and national participation, publishes of a collection of articles resulting from the proceedings of meetings and workshops, and will produce a website and a magazine, journal or series of books highlighting current discussion and proceedings. The proposed website will include translations of popular and contemporary science-faith works, conference proceedings, and abstracts from books presenting classical examples of interdisciplinary dialogue in both Russian and English. A database CD, containing website materials, will be created for interactive study courses available for use by other institutions and universities in different cities and countries. Funds, well in excess of the matching requirement, are provided by Vladimir Diocese and sources of donation to the Church.