ПЕРЕОСМЫСЛЕНИЕ РАБОТЫ ЕПАРХИАЛЬНЫХ МИССИОНЕРСКИХ ОТДЕЛОВ: ДЕЯТЕЛЬНОСТЬ СИНОДАЛЬНОГО МИССИОНЕРСКОГО ОТДЕЛА
Reconsideration functioning missionarys departments of dioceses is the most important task, designated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Its decision is carried out in joint activities of the Synodal Missionary Department and the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church. The article reflects the main stages of the activities of the Synodal Missionary Department in this direction, its content and interim results.
This article is dedicated to the First World War 100th anniversary and analyze Russian society ideological basis. Author is trying to find out the understanding of the Wolrd War I in works of Moscow Vladimir Soloviev's religious-philosophical society. Society members were rather influential in Russian intellectual world. Among them E.N. Trubetskoy, S.N. Bulgakov, N.A. Berdyaev, S.L. Frank, V.F. Ern and others could be named. It is essential to treat these authors’ war interpretations if we are speaking about public opinion of that period. They were carrying different points on nature of war, its aims and sense. However, mentioned philosophers shared one common belief – Great War is unique occurrence when Russia must reveal its special spirit. That is why the First World War was understood not only as political fighting but also as collision of ideologies.
The introductory chapter to the volume devoted to diversity of the forms and practices of religious life in the post-Soviet space, aims to explain the success and rapidity of the process of religious revival in the former Soviet Union. It argues that religious revival of the 1990s was geared-up by return of material representations of religion, in the form of cultural heritage, into the Soviet public sphere. This new turn, "retrospective turn", started after the WWII with efforts of Soviet intellectuals, artists and writers who were critical about results of Soviet modernization.
The experience in studying and teaching cultural history of two Christian traditions, Byzantine-Orthodox and Latin, has been presented; peculiar interest has been reserved for social and cultural functions of soteriological, eschatological and politico-theological doctrines.
The article is devoted to the problems of studying the structure of modern orthodox missiology in the system of theological knowledge. For much of its recent history, orthodox missiology has developed as an academic discipline of religious education. The teaching of missiology in theological seminaries was accompanied by a scientific search for its theoretical and methodological status in the system of orthodox theology, its structure, conceptual apparatus, and method. The article discusses the need for a systematic categorical analysis of the current state of missiology as a branch of Orthodox systematic theology. The solution to this problem involves identifying the development vectors of Orthodox missiology. Modern missiology is in the process of becoming an independent branch of Orthodox systematic theology. In this regard, modern Orthodox missiology is characterized by a lack of systematic planning of scientific work. Despite this, Orthodox missiology has significant potential for development in certain areas. The article analyzes the structure of modern Orthodox missiology. It is noted that the presence of a certain structure of missiology as an independent branch of Orthodox systematic theology indicates a certain level of self-organization achieved in the development process. In this respect, missiology has the fundamental experience of structuring, on the basis of which further development in the direction of additional systematization is possible. Recent scientific research has determined that missiology is a theological discipline. The task of updating the teaching of missiology in accordance with the newly obtained results is once again on the agenda.
This article discusses the issue of labour discipline in a Christian Orthodox organisation in Russia. The sisterhood which I analyse is the meeting point of two types of ‘work’: the ‘secular work’ of employed workers is embedded into the ‘religious work’ of the sisters who live a monastic life. I argue that the religious–economic mix of the sisterhood suggests that three employment models are evident: ‘work more, get less’, ‘work less, get more’ and ‘work for free’. Religious and economic spheres are mediated by labour which takes different forms, creating distinct, but related disciplinary labour spaces. I thread the concept of discipline through religious and economic discourses in the monastic workplace, the conflicts between the religious and economic motivations to work and the role of ‘emotional work’. The analysis is based on the participant observation, conducted over a period of four months while I was a staff member of the sisterhood.