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Сведения об образовательной организации Во исполнение постановления Правительства РФ № 582 от 10 июля 2013 года, Приказа Федеральной службы по надзору в сфере образования и науки от 29 мая 2014 г. № 785

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Saint Tikhon’s University teachers take part in international conference in Poland

From December 13-16, 2017, the tenth annual Conference for Opposing Destructive Sects took place in Suprasl Monastery near Bialystok, Poland. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the Russian Orthodox Church was represented at the forum by Saint Tikhon’s University professor Alexander Dvorkin.

This year’s conference drew over 100 clergymen and laypeople representing practically all Local Orthodox Churches: the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Churches of Romania of Bulgaria, as well as the Churches of Cyprus, Greece, the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and Poland. The participants included ten bishops from different countries. The documents with the conference’s findings were signed personally by the head of the Polish Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland.

This year, the forum was dedicated to fundamentalist movements and pseudo-Hinduism. Ten main papers and a few brief announcements were given over the two-day duration of the conference. Saint Tikhon’s Professor Alexander Dvorkin gave two papers at the conference, on the methodology of Orthodox sect studies and on Neo-Hinduism and Pseudo-Hinduism. Both papers were received with great interest by the audience and gave rise to lively discussion and exchange of opinions. Senior Teacher Alexei Voat from Saint Tikhon’s University gave a presentation about sects that have appeared specifically in Russian. It was decided to publish a tenth-anniversary anthology of the best papers presented throughout the Conference’s history.

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