Round table "Man is a priest of all creation? Serving the created world"

The VII international conference on the legacy of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh “What does it mean to be a Christian in everyday life?”

Date: September, 15th, 2019. Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Chair: Lyudmila Zotova, Radio Host and Editor, Grad Petrov St Petersburg Diocese Radio

Organizer: Natalya Prikhodko

According to Metropolitan Anthony every human being is called to be a priest of creation. How is it possible? Are we fulfilling our vocation? Are we at least trying to do something in this direction?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Activity is normally defined by its object. What is our attitude to nature? How does this attitude evolve in the history of mankind and in a life of a person?
  2. Global ecological problems, inflicted on nature by mankind and sustainability of our everyday life.

The reality is such that mankind destroys nature rather than serve it. This is true not for individual ‘bad’ people but for all of us. All of us consume energy, travel by car or train, use plastic, etc. Can we do anything in order to solve this problem in everyday life? What can we do?

  1. Our body is a small part of the material world handed to us by God for our care. Does the way we treat our body reflects our attitude to the world around us (and/or the other way round)?

Georgy Bazykin — PhD, Biology; Head, Molecular Evolution Group, Institute for Information Transmission Problems;

Archpriest Alexander Borisov — PhD, Biology; Rector, Church of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Shubino;

Dimitry Nikitin  — IT Engineer, lives in a dome house, uses an electric wheel;

Elizabeth Theokritoff – Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, with particular interests in theology of creation/ theology and ecology. She was a parishioner of the Russian Cathedral in London 1983-1990 and served for many years on the Diocesan Assembly and Council during Metropolitan Anthony’s time;

Aleksei Travin  — Head of the Drugoye Delo community.