Dordt College News

Religion in Russia topic of Pecherskaya Nov. 5

October 29, 2008


Dr. Natalia Pecherskaya will be a guest lecturer at Dordt College on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5.

Dr. Pecherskaya will speak in the Classroom Building lecture hall, C160 Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the topic, “Russian Orthodoxy Today.” The Russian Orthodox Church  is one of the main forces and institutes in Russian society today. This talk will focus on the socio-pastoral statement of the ROC, which is considered to be the document that sets forth the basic provisions of her teaching on church-state relations and on a number of socially significant problems.

Her topic Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  is “The Problem of the Human Being in Science and Theology.” Science and faith are two essential modes of human existence, two essential sides of the responsible and fully developed human being in the world. Pecherskaya will discuss how the scientific community must realize the relevance of the problem of human integrity for the development of scientific theories.

Natalia has been rector of The St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy in St. Petersburg, Russia since 1991. She is in the U.S. this fall as a Senior Fulbright Researcher at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Minnesota. Her primary research interests are science, ideology, and religion in Russia.

The public is welcome to attend both sessions.

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