Wherefore, having so many great and glorious examples set before us, let us turn again to the practice of that peace which from the beginning was the mark set before us; and let us look steadfastly to the Father and Creator of the universe, and cleave to His mighty and surpassingly great gifts and benefactions of peace. Let us contemplate Him with our understanding, and look with the eyes of our soul to His long-suffering will. Let us reflect how free from the wrath He is towards all His creation.
St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to Corinthians, 19

The non-governmental organization ‘St. Clement’s Center: communion and dialogue of cultures’ was founded in 2007 in Kyiv with the blessing of His Beatitude Volodymyr, Metropolitan of  Kyiv and all Ukraine. The Center was inaugurated on the feast of St. Clement of Rome on December 8, 2007. The Archbishop of Poltava and Myrhorod Philipp and Cardinal Walter Kasper attended the inauguration, among other participants.
 
The main goal of the Center’s activity is to contemporize  and disseminate the spiritual heritage of St. Clement of Rome and Stt. Cyril and Methodius.

Among the principal tasks are the promotion of dialogue between diverse cultural traditions; peaceful resolution of controversial questions; active participation in spiritual and theological education, above all, among educated individuals, youth and intelligentsia; and making scientific and theological research and publications.

Beside putting the classical Christian heritage of the first millennium into a contemporary context, the Center seeks to develop dialogue of Christians with contemporary culture from a missionary perspective.

Among St. Clement’s Center’s projects  (implemented together with the European Humanities Research Center of the University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ and ‘Dukh i Litera’ Research and Publishing Association) is the  publication of a book series entitled ‘Bibliotheca Clementina’; the organization of the annual international theological conference ‘Assumption Readings’ and the annual international Kyiv Summer Theological Institute; the organization of other Christian events, such as the Day of Trust, organized in Kyiv together with the Taizé Community; the preparation of lectures by prominent theologians in Kyiv; and the organization of theological Bible seminars.

One of the Center’s most significant projects at present  is the establishment of the Electronic Theological Library. The timeliness  of this initiative is obvious: although Ukraine is in great need of high-quality modern theological education, it has practically no access to world library resources such as original sources, multi-volume vocabularies and encyclopedias, scientific literature and periodicals, etc.

St. Clement’s Center welcomes fruitful cooperation with people and organizations interested in such activities.

 

 

 

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