10 years of ASSUMPTION READINGS in pictures

2010: Christian Feast. Day One (Lavra)

At the end of the 9th International Assumption Readings (Uspenskie Chteniya) in 2009 in Kyiv we asked our participants three questions about the Conference. Now we publish those interviews on our website.The three questions sounded as follows:

1. What are your impressions of the conference? What will you remember most? 
2. What do you think is peculiar about this conference in Kyiv? How is
it different from other Christian conferences you participated in?
3. What is the significance of the themes of this year's conference?
How is the conference important for the future of the Christian

Interviews were conducted by Lidiya Lozova.

Interview with br. RICHARD (the Taizé Community, France)

Interview with br. Adalberto MAINARDI (the Community of Bose)

Eleventh Internation ASSUMPTION READINGS

in the Christian Tradition
and in Contemporary Culture

The 11th international conference “Assumption Readings”  will be held on the 25th–28th of September 2011 in the Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, "Sophia of Kyiv" Historical and Cultural Reserve, the University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy," and St. Thomas Institute of Religious Studies.
The opening is at 2 p.m. in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, building 45

In the most different cultures of mankind a child has been perceived not only as the object of necessary concern, but also as a source of light, warmth, gladness, expectations for a better future. In Christianity the theme of childhood acquires a quite special meaning. From a Christian perspective, the world is put in order by the Epiphany of the Divine Baby. The words of Christ addressed to adults are far-famed: «Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven» (Mt 18, 3). In them there is not only an appeal to humble, but also a clear indication of childhood’s own moral dignity and sacred values.

The honouring of childhood and human childishness, evoked by the Gospel, is a principle feature of Christian culture, incarnated in a great number of artistic and philosophical works of old and recent time. 

The purpose of the forthcoming conference is to focus attention on the key problems of the theme of childhood in its modern context, to set basic landmarks of its theological, philosophical, and culturological understanding. 



Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra 
Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary 
National Historical and Cultural Reserve "Sophia of Kyiv"
National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy"
St. Thomas Institute of Religious Studies
European Humanities Research Centre
St. Clement's Centre


On September 27 – 30, 2010 the European Humanities Research Centre of the University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ organized the International “Assumption Readings” conference devoted to the theme: Christian Feast: Thanksgiving, Liberation, Unity.

It was the 10th meeting held in the Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv since 2001 and named “Assumption Readings” after the monastery where the meetings are held every year. The 2010 conference developed the successful experience of previous encounters in 2001 (Family in Post-Atheistic Societies), 2002 (Education and Family in Post-Atheistic Societies), 2003 (Ways of Education and Witnesses of Righteousness: Person. Family. Society), 2004 (Human Person and the Problem of Tradition: Meeting of Generations and the Quest of Continuity), 2005 (Human Being. History. Gospel), 2006 (The Unity of the Human Person and the Meeting of Cultures), 2007 (Friendship and its forms, ordeals and gifts), 2008 (Memory and History: at the Crossways of Cultures), and 2009 (Memory and Hope: Horizons and Paths of Finding Meaning).

 International Conference for Christian Unity:

Feast: Thanksgiving, Liberation, Unity

 (September 26– 30, 2010)
Reflection on the sense of the feast leads us to the profound ontology of holiness, thanksgiving, time, memory, liberty and joy. Ukrainian word for the feast is “sviato.” It refers to the holiness of the day. The Russian word “prazdnik” refers to the meaning “to be idle”, e.g. free from all everyday occupations. Church celebrations of the main events of the life of Christ and God’s Mother include joy, grief, work of memory, and service. Church holidays overcome the separation between Christians and anticipate the desired unity.
The topics offered for the conference are:

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