November 2, 2018 Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill took part in the plenary session of the II all-Russian (with international participation) scientific conference “Theology in the modern scientific and educational space,” according to patriarhiei. The meeting was held in the auditorium of the National research nuclear University “MEPhI” in Moscow.
The conference is held with the blessing of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church with the support of the presidential Administration of the Russian Federation Council on interaction with religious associations under the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of education, Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation, the Federal service for supervision in education and science, the Interreligious Council of Russia, the National accreditation Agency, Advisory Council on theology affiliated to the Ministry of education, Federal educational-methodical Association on theology, inter-Ministerial coordination group of the Moscow Patriarchate on the teaching of theology in universities.
Regional (interregional, district) conference events held from 1 to 30 November 2018 on the basis of leading universities — members of Scientific-educational theological Association.
At the main entrance of national research nuclear University “MEPhI” his Holiness Patriarch Kirill was met by the rector of MEPhI M. N. Strikhanov, Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, rector of the Church postgraduate and doctoral school named Cyril and Methodius, the Chairman of the Interdepartmental coordinating group for teaching theology in universities, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
His Holiness visited the home Church of the University, was consecrated in honor of the Smolensk icon of the Mother of God. Here the Primate was welcomed by the rector of the house Church hieromonk Rodion (Larionov) and members are students of MEPhI.
Then Patriarch Kirill proceeded to the auditorium where the conference was held. Seats in the Presidium of the forum was occupied by his Holiness, rector of MEPhI M. N. Strikhanov and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. His Eminence Hilarion greeted the Primate of the Russian Church and all participants of the conference, and then declared the meeting open.
Greeting of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced the Deputy head of Department of internal policy of presidential Administration of the Russian Federation M. V. Belousov.
Deputy Minister of science and higher education of Russia M. A. Borovskaya welcomed the participants on behalf of the Minister of science and higher education of the Russian Federation M. M. Kotyukov.
Then rector of the Moscow state University of the estate of M. V. Lomonosov V. Sadovnichy, who, in particular, spoke about the organization of the Congress of teachers of the Russian language. The decision of the Congress was approved at the meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Society of literature on March 21st
Presentations were also made by President of the Russian Academy of education Yury P. Zinchenko, and the rector of MEPhI M. N. Striganova.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presented a report on “Theology and values: the future of Russia”.
Donated to the library of MEPhI, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill gave the collection of his works, published by the Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk thanked the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church for participation in the conference and announced the completion of the first part of the plenary session.
The forum was attended by the Metropolitan of Novgorod and Staraya Russa Lev; Metropolitan Tula and Efremovsky Alex; Metropolitan Ivanovo-Voznesensk and Vichuga; Joseph, Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Theophanes; Metropolitan Feodosy of Tambov and Rasskazovo; Metropolitan of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas; Metropolitan Longin of Saratov and Volsk; the Metropolitan of Kemerovo and Prokopyevsk Aristarchus; the Metropolitan of Saransk and Mordovia Zinovy; the Metropolitan of Khabarovsk and Amur, Vladimir; Metropolitan of Smolensk and Dorogobuzh, Isidore; Metropolitan Kostroma and Nerekhta Ferapont; rector of the Moscow theological Academy Archbishop Vereysky Ambrose; Bishop Gury (Shalimov); co-chair of the Commission work with universities and the scientific community at the Diocesan Council of Moscow Domodedovo Bishop John; Bishop Arseny Yuriev; Bishop of Zlatoust and Satka Vincent; the Chairman of the education Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church Archpriest Maxim Kozlov, rector of the St. Tikhon Orthodox humanitarian University, the Chairman of the Federal educational-methodical Association in the field of higher education in PSN 48.00.00 chairs of Theology Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov.
Also the conference was attended by chief Rabbi of Russia, Chairman of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia Berel Lazar, first Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation Damir-Hazrat Mukhetdinov, rectors and University professors with the Department of theology and religious education.