The Alexander Men Conference 2012, 14-17 September

Fr Alexander Men, a Christian martyr who offered a credible alternative to secularism and the hackneyed and discredited materialism of Soviet ideology. Photography by Sergey Bessmertny
Fr Alexander Men. Photography by Sergey Bessmertny

The Alexander Men Conference
14-17 September 2012
Moffat, Scotland

It was on a September day in 1990, when Alexander Men, remarkable Russian Orthodox priest, scholar, ecumenist, man of peace, was struck down on the country path from his house to the suburban train station outside Moscow one Sunday morning, on his way to take morning service at the church two stops down the line.

Alexander Men’s global vision, his fearlessness and understanding of the predicaments faced by people today, and above all his faith in the ultimate triumph of good over evil, are the springboards for The Alexander Men Conference 2012 which will be held in Moffat in the south of Scotland 14th – 17th September.

Dr Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre and one of the conference organizers said: “We are going to explore Men’s legacy in the light of today. Sessions will focus on themes inspired by his life and work: the dialogue between faith and science, creativity, cultural history, ecumenism and interfaith relations.”

A distinguished line up of speakers includes Revd Dr. John Polkinghorne; Dr Katya Genieva, Director General of the Library for Foreign Literature in Russia; Prof. Wallace L. Daniel (current major biographer of Fr Alexander); Russian poet Olga Sedakova, Bishop Seraphim Sigrist, Shirley du Boulay, and Revd Canon Dr. Michael Bourdeaux.

Dr Smith continued “The conference format will include a weekend of papers, question and answer, dialogues and discussions covering four themes; ‘The Life and Significance of Fr Alexander Men’, ‘Religious Experience and Culture’, ‘Religious Experience and the Scientific Mind-set’ with the final plenary session looking forward to ‘Our Life Together; The Future.’”

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  1. says: Stephanie Haig

    Hello – I work as a designer Paraclete Press, a Christian Publishing Company and we are working on a book cover for a new book called “Inner Step Toward God” – we are trying to gain permissions and a high resolution image for the image of Fr. Alexander Men taken by Sergey Bessmertny (it is the same image used to advertise your conference) Can you help me track down this image – or are you able to tell me the source of this image so we can get permissions? Thank you for any help! – Stephanie Haig

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