Historiography Serbia 2021

A Сonference on the History of the ROCOR that Will Help Us to Understand the Main Stages in Its History

The king Alexander of Yugoslavia with the Serbian bishops
The king Alexander of Yugoslavia with the Serbian bishops

The scheduled talks shed light on the century-long history of the ROCOR in chronological order.

August 2021 will mark the centenary of the day the Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church took the decision to grant canonical protection to the Supreme Church Authority Abroad. In connection with this anniversary, a conference is scheduled to take place in Belgrade from November 22–27, 2021, on “Links between Times: Conclusions and Perspectives. On the Centennial of the Russian Church Abroad”. The conference is to be held with the blessing of the supreme authority of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The organizers of the conference are the Archive of the Serbian Orthodox Church (Director: Dr. Radovan Pilipovich) and the Web site Historical Studies of t Russian Church Abroad (Editor: Deacon Andrei Psarev). The budget will soon be completed and a fundraising appeal addressed to all those who care about the history of the ROCOR will be launched. Registration will also shortly be opened for both in-person or remote attendance. The talks will be translated into English. To date, the following scholars have confirmed their participation at the conference:

  • Vladimir Viktorovich Burega (Vice-Rector for Academic work, Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary, Kyiv): “Metropolitan Antonii (Khrapovitskii) as a Ruling Bishop of the Kyiv and Galich’s See (1918-1920)”
  • Iuliia Aleksandrovna Biriukova (Don State Technological University, Rostov-on-Don): “The Influence of Political Forces on the Activities of the South-eastern and First All-Diaspora Church Councils (1919–1921)”
  • The Very Rev. Archpriest Dmitrii Olikhov (Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies, Dostoevsky Omsk State University; Omsk Theological Seminary): “The Convening of Church Councils in ‘White’ Russia as a Precedent for the Organization of the All-Diaspora Council of the Russian Church”
  • Viktor Ivanovich Kosik (Institute of Slavic Studies, Moscow): “The Affairs and Fates of Russian Clergy in Yugoslavia”
  • Radovan Pilipovich, (Serbian Orthodox Church Archive, Belgrade): “Russian Priests in the Serbian Orthodox Church (Russian Clergy and their Serbian Flock), 1920–1940”
  • The Very Rev. Archpriest Aleksandr Zadornov (Dean of the Department of Practical Church Disciplines, Moscow Theological Academy, Sergiev Posad): “Prof. S. V. Troitskii’s (†1972) Assessment of the Status of the Orthodox Episcopate in the Diaspora”
  • Jovan Marjanac (Secretary of the Diocese of Canada of the Serbian Orthodox Church): “The Canonical Assessment of the ROCOR in the Works of Prof. Sergei V. Troitskii”
  • Svetlana N. Bakonina (Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities, Moscow), “Understanding the Disabandoment of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Administration Abroad: Far Eastern Church District As an Alternative to the  Supreme Ecclesiastical Administration Abroad.”
  • Yurii Danilets (Uzhgorod National University, Uzhgorod, Ukraine) “The ROCOR and Orthodoxy in Subcarpatian Rus’ in the 1920s”
  • Mikhail V. Shkarovskii (Leading Researcher, Central State Archive of Saint Petersburg), “The Russian Church Abroad’s Relation With the Axis Powers and Their Allies During World War Two”
  • Ivan V. Petrov (Saint Petersburg State University), “Contacts between the ROCOR and Representatives of the Clergy and Laity on the Occupied Territories of the USSR during World War II”
  • Alexey Yurievich Timofeev (University of Belgrade, Serbia, “The Fate of the Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Titov’s Yugoslavia 1944-1954”
  • Srećko Petrović (Christian Cultural Center “Dr. Radovan Bigović”, Belgrade, Ph.D. Candidate at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade) “Churchmen of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in the Life and Work of Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich”
  • Nikolaj Kostur (Secretary of the Serbian Diocese of Midwestern America): “The Relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church in North America and the ROCOR from 1920–1950”
  • Alexis Liberovsky, (Archivist – Orthodox Church in America. Director – Office of History & Archives) “The Relationship of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and ROCOR from 1950 to the present according to documents in the OCA Archives”
  • Andrei Aleksandrovich Kostriukov (Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities, Moscow): “Problems in the Relations between the ROCOR Synods of Bishops and Lay Organizations from 1960 through the 1970s”
  • Aleksandr Valeri’evich Slesarev (Vice-Rector for Academic, Dean of the Faculty of Church History and Practical Church Disciplines, Minsk Theological Academy): “The Role of ROCOR Hierarchs Archbishop Filofei Narko and Afanasii Martos in Founding a Belarusian Diocese under the Jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople”
  • Rev. Presbyter Nemanja S. Mrdjenovic of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Blacktown, NSW and St. Cyrill and Methodius Orthodox Institute,  “The relationship between the ROCOR and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia from 1950 until 1969”
  • Deacon Paul Kentigern Siewers (Bucknell University, Pennsylvania): “Perceptions and Realities of Contemporary Converts to Orthodoxy in North America: A Survey of Online and Research Evidence and Debate”
  • Serhiy V. Shumilo (Director of the International Institute of Athonite Heritage, Researcher at the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Associate Professor of the Department of Humanities of the National Academy of Leading Cadres of Culture and Arts of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, ), “The ROCOR and catacomb communities in the USSR in the 1970s – 1980s.”
  • Deacon Andrei Psarev (Professor of Russian Church History and Canon Law, Director of Undergraduate Program, Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, New York): “Development of the Mindset of the Russian Church Abroad (1921–2021)”
  • Vitaly A. Permiakov, (Assistant Professor of Liturgical Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY) “Can We Speak of a Liturgical Tradition of the Russian Church Abroad? “

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