Welcome to IPSEC Newsletter!
We are pleased to introduce the first issue of the biweekly newsletter of the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC); to be known as IPSEC Newsletter. The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information about our institute’s activity, and to disseminate selected news about conflicts affecting the daily existence of Orthodox Christians around the world. Focused on research, consulting and education, IPSEC’s goal is to make a positive contribution to the world peace by focusing on the role of religion in international and interreligious relations. We welcome your comments, queries, and suggestions; so please direct all correspondence to: newsletter@OrthodoxPeace.org
IPSEC affiliated with Harvard
The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity is affiliated with Harvard Divinity School as a field education agency. IPSEC offers educational services to graduate students interested on the role of Orthodox Christianity in international relations, conflict, and policymaking. (details...)
IPSEC Summer Institute in Romania
We are pleased to announce that The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) has partnered with the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca to organize IPSEC’s first summer institute in Romania. The purpose of the institute is to investigate how Orthodox Christianity managed its encounter with collective violence in a geopolitical sphere that is situated at the intersection of former empires, political ideologies and organized religions. Based on a study and travel model, the summer institute will combine classroom training with onsite learning that involves visits of sacred places, and interviews with academics, religious leaders, political leaders and journalists. The tentative dates of the institute are May 23 through June 2, 2015. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Orthodox Christianity and its challenges in Eastern Europe and the contemporary global context more generally. For details about the price and course, please call Dr. Marian Simion at (978) 339-3233, or by email at email@example.com.
Orthodox Christians in the world
Did you know that as of 2010 there are about 260 Orthodox Christians making up 12% of the global Christian population? Almost four-in-ten Orthodox Christians live in Russia, counting 101,450,000 members (39%), followed by Ethiopia as the second-largest Orthodox country with 36,060,000 members (13.9%), Ukraine with 34,850,000 (13.4%), Romania with 18,750,000 (7.2%), Greece with 10,030,000 (3.9%), Serbia with 6,730,000 (2.6%), Bulgaria with 6,220,000 (2.4%), Belarus with 5,900,000 (2.3%), Egypt with 3,860,000 (1.5%), and Georgia with 3,820,000 (1.5%). Although the Ecumenical Patriarchate is located in Turkey, its Orthodox population is about 180,000. (Source: Pew Research Center. December 2011. Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.)
The world we live in…
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