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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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Archpriest Lev Semenov in Tehran

From May 5-7, 2018, the eleventh meeting of the Joint Commission for Orthodox-Muslim Dialogue took place, with its topic being “Religion and the Environment”. The event saw the participation of Archpriest Lev Semenov, the director of the Center for Religious Education at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities.

The delegation arrived in Tehran on May 4. On the following day, the church delegation set out for the Center for Religions and Cultures of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) of Iran, where they were received by Abuzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, the Director of the ICRO. During the conversation between Metropolitan Theophan and the director of the ICRO, questions relating to the dialogue of many years between the two religious groups and perspectives for developing them further were discussed.

Next, the first session of the Commission’s meeting began. Metropolitan Theophan of Kazan and Tatarstan read a letter of greeting from Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia to the participants in the dialogue.

After this, presentations by Dr Mostafa Mokhakkek Damad and Professor Alexei Osipov were heard. The Russian scholar’s presentation, entitled “Where is contemporary man headed?”, aroused a special interest amongst those present at the meeting.

The second session was opened by Hojjat al-Islam Dr Ahmad Beheshti, the rector of one of the religious universities in Qom.

On May 7, the third day of the dialogue, Archpriest Lev Semenov gave a presentation on “An Orthodox View on Ecological Issues”. He elaborated on the connection between the Biblical conception of man’s proper relationship with the natural environment and the relevant sections of important documents such as “The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church” (2000), “The Russian Orthodox Church’s Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom, and Human Rights” (2008), and “The Position of the Russian Orthodox Church on Current Issues of Ecology” (2013).

A final communiqué was adopted at the last session of the meeting. It included a statement to the effect that adherents of all the religions of the world ought to cooperate in conserving natural resources in accordance with the teachings of their respective religions. The document also noted the important role and responsibility of religious leaders and their followers in influencing individuals who are entrusted with practical decisions in the area of man’s relation with the natural environment.

The next meeting of the Commission will take place in Russia in 2020.

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