Conference of "Orthodoxy in the regions of China" was held in Almaty

Alma Alta, Kazakhstan, June 3, 2011

A conference on "Orthodoxy in the regions of China," dedicated to topical issues of Orthodoxy in China, took place in Alma Ata on May 31, 2011 with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, reports

A welcome message from Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, was read at the beginning of the conference. His Eminence Archbishop Gennady, Bishop of Kaskelen, presented a report on the perspectives of preaching Orthodoxy in China.

Conference reports were devoted to issues such as preaching Orthodoxy among the Chinese diaspora, and addressed the problems of the Orthodox Church in the regions of China. Particular attention was paid to the pastoral care by the Kazakhstan Metropolia to the Orthodox congregation in Xinjiang. A report on this subject was made by Igumen Vianor (Ivanov). Messages were also presented by Fr Seraphim (Petrovsky), DECR representative D. Petrovsky, priests-in-charge of the Russian Orthodox the parishes in Hong Kong and Beijing Archpriest Dionysy Pozdnyaev and Priest Sergei Voronin, Rector of the Russian Orthodox Institute Igumen Peter (Eremeev), priest Sergiy Malashkin, and students of Moscow Theological Seminary studying Chinese in Taiwan.

During the conference there was a presentation of the album Orthodoxy in China and a monograph by Prof. Datsyshen, History of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China, published in Moscow and Hong Kong in 2010.

Conference participants appreciated the Kazakhstan's Metropolia's initiative of creating a forum for discussion of problems and prospects of Orthodoxy in China, and also ratified the outcome summary document, in which they expressed an intention to create a regular mechanism for conferences on this issue.

The Conference concluded with a joint prayer during the service of the leave-taking of Pascha, served by Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, concelebrated by Bishop Gennady of Kaskelen and all cathedral clergy and ordained guests in the Alma Ata Ascension Cathedral.


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