National Historical and Cultural Reserve “St. Sophia of Kyiv”,
the House of the Metropolitan

9:30 Sessions begin

Unity and Truth: Reflections in the Shade of Saint Sophia

Nullifying the Anathemas of 1054 and Reconciliation between
the Catholic and Orthodox Churches

The specifics of the conference in 2014

The specific goal for the 14th Assumption Readings Conference in 2014 was to raise and discuss the topic of COMMUNION-COMMUNIO-KOINONIA: Sources, Ways of Understanding and Embodiment. The conference took place at a time when the world was mostly following war events in the East of Ukraine, and some of the invited participants decided not to come to Kyiv because they were concerned with the instability of the political and social situation. However, the impression that the conference produced on those who participated was so profound that Fr. Antoine Lambrechts summarized it in quite an affirming statement: “I hope that the fall of 2014 in Ukraine will be primarily remembered for the Assumption Readings conference.”

Of course, the current Ukrainian situation influenced the meeting. A guided tour around the Kyivan Maidan (the capital’s central square, which was the epicenter of the revolutionary events in November 2013 – February 2014) preceded its opening. It was conducted by direct participants of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity among the “Dukh i Litera” collaborators and constituted the main part of the cultural program.  During the course of the conference the Maidan events were directly or indirectly discussed, and there were addressed in many of the conference reports. 

Each year, Inside the Vatican magazine chooses 10 people to recognize as our "Top Ten" people of the year just past. In December, 2014, among them they chose the founder of St. Clement's Center and the director of the "Spirit and Letter" Research and Publishing Association Constantin Sigov (see his profile from the magazine below). Congratulations!

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