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Year 2 No 9 | July 29, 2016


IPSEC launches website in Romanian!

We are happy to announce that the Romanian version of IPSEC’s website had been launched. The text of the website was written in Romanian by Dr. Marian Simion who is a native speaker. If you read Romanian please send us your feedback so that we can improve it. A Russian version is forthcoming; so please stay tuned.

His Eminence Metropolitan Irineu Popa
Interim Vice-Chair of IPSEC Board of Trustees

The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) is pleased to announce that His Eminence, Acad. Prof. Dr. Irineu Popa, has joined IPSEC’s Board of Trustees as Interim Vice-Chair; replacing IPSEC co-founder, father Raymond G. Helmick, SJ, who passed away on April 21, 2016.

His Eminence Irineu is the Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan of Oltenia, in southern Romania. He is also a university professor at the University of Craiova, and a Member of the Romanian Academy.

His Eminence Irineu received his theological training at the Theological Seminary of Craiova, the Theological Institute of Bucharest, and at Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris, where he received his first doctorate in theology in 1990, with Professor Boris Bobrinscoy. Between 1986 and 1987, he studied French language and literature at the University of Grenoble. His Eminence also taught Church History and Byzantine History and Civilization at Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris. In 1995 he was appointed tenured professor of Ethics and Dogmatic Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Craiova, and served as its Dean since 2008 until 2016. In 2005, His Eminence received his second doctorate in Civil Law from Nicolae Titulescu Law School in Craiova.

His Eminence Irineu published 21 books and over 80 scholarly articles of theological research, and takes active part in national and international congresses and theological conferences. His Eminence was a voting member in the Holy and Great Council in Crete, and also co-authored several canonical documents that were adopted by the Holy and Great Council in Crete.


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IPSEC at the Parliament of Romania


On September 29, 2016, IPSEC will serve once again as an institutional partner in the organization of the international scientific conference titled, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security." IPSEC will co-partner with the Romanian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies | Committee for Legal Matters, Discipline and Immunities), International Religious Liberty Association, and “Asociaţia Conştiinţă şi Libertate” (The Conscience and Liberty Association from Bucharest), the leading organizer of the event.

The Scientific Press® and IPSEC
proudly release

The Future of Knowledge: Proceedings of
Harvard Square Symposium
Volume 1 | Year 2016, edited by Titus Corlăţean
and Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru

Future of Knowledge

The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) together with the Scientific Press® are pleased to announce the publication of the volume titled, The Future of Knowledge: Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium | Volume 1 | Year 2016, edited by His Excellency, Prof. Dr. Titus Corlăţean (Romania’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs); and Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru. This volume contains scientific papers in arts and sciences presented at the first edition of Harvard Square Symposium® a symposium organized by the Scientific Press® together with IPSEC on April 29–30, 2016, in Cambridge Massachusetts. (more...)

New Partnership

IPSEC and the Academy of Sciences
of the Republic of Moldova
are now partners

On May 19, 2016, IPSEC entered into a partnership with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova (the Institute of Philology), by signing a Memorandum of Agreement for Scientific Collaboration. The purpose of this partnership is to establish a platform for collaboration in all fields proposed by the partnering institutions, and in accordance with the international obligations and the domestic laws of each party. The parties will cooperate on research, will create internships, and will establish joint committees to organize conferences, symposia, and roundtables, and they will develop international projects and programs in accordance with their institutional missions.


IPSEC Field Site Orientation
Harvard Divinity School

IPSEC Annual Field Education Site Fair will be held at Harvard Divinity School on September 8, 2016 (4:30-5:30). Attendance is limited to the Harvard Divinity School and BTI students only.

St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute
International Conferences

The Saint Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute of Moscow, Russia, announces two international conferences. The first conference, “Theology of Suffering in Ecumenical Perspective,” will be held in Bose, Italy, during 26–29 October 2016. The second conference, “Theology of Nature: Divine Gift and Human Responsibility” will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, during 9–12 November 2016. Detailed information is available at

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IPSEC Newsletter (ISSN 2473-9146) is the official newsletter of the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, Harvard Square | P.O. Box 380246 | Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A. | | 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, as well as various announcements from similar organizations. 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. IPSEC is affiliated with Harvard Divinity School as a field education agency; offering educational services to graduate students on the role of Orthodox Christianity in international relations, conflict, and policymaking. We welcome your comments, queries, and suggestions; so please direct all correspondence to Dr. Marian Simion at