The relationship of Orthodoxy with media and politics in Poland
Tomasz Tarasiuk, Translation: Anna Bondaruk / 16.03.2013
A seminar „Religion, media and politics in Poland – a minority
perspective” took place in Suprasl between 8 and 10 March 2013. The
seminar was organized as a part of European Forum of Media, Religion and
Democracy and was devoted to the Orthodox presence in mass media.
The meeting was organized by Oikonomos and Orthodox Intitiative OrthNet
with the assistance of Suprasl Academy. The seminar began with a lecture
by Father Henryk Paprocki. It is a part of a cycle of lectures called
The Forum of Theological Thought. The lecture was devoted to St Paul
Florenski, his biography and theological and scientific heritage.
The second day started with a liturgy in church of St John Theologian.
Subsequently, the participants of the meeting listened to a series of
lectures by Fr. Doctor Jerzy Tofiluk (PSD, ChAT), professor Andrzej
Sadowski (UwB), Fr. Doctor Andrzej Kuźma (PSD, ChAt), Fr. Doctor Henryk
Paprocki (PSD, TVP), Doctor Nicolas Kazarian (Institute of St Sergey in
Paris). Tomasz Tarasiuk (Cerkiew.pl). Moreover, renowned Orthodox
activists (Eugeniusz Czykwin, Marek Masalski and Slawomir Nazaruk)
participated in discussion. Each lecture was followed by a discussion
with representatives of media industry and educational institutions,
politicians and priests.
The focus of lectures was on Orthodox presence in Polish media, how
Orthodox minority sees the present situation, what are the main
challenges that Orthodox believers and church are facing now with regard
to their relationship with media and politics.
The rising popularity of the Internet, its relationship with the
Orthodox church, challenges, opportunities as well as dangers connected
with this medium were discussed. As it was concluded, all other kinds of
media are now linked with the internet. Everyone agreed that the
coexistence and cooperation of all Orthodox media is vital. All Orthodox
editorial teams should make an effort to cooperate. Thanks to the
seminar the participants learned about historical grounding of the topic
and the present situaton, most importantly, it was a great opportunity
to discuss the future.
The last day of the seminar was a workshop of editorial team of
Cerkiew.pl. Mr Aleksander Wasyluk from OrthNet fellowship presided led
the meeting. We can now tell our readers that in near future cerkiew.pl
will present a new logo.