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Christians and the State: (Coptic) Public lecture, Claremont, Wed 17 Feb

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  • Mark Sedrak
    Please come, invite others, and pray for God s presence in this timely event: Claremont Graduate University School of Religion and Claremont McKenna College
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      Please come, invite others, and pray for God's presence in this timely event:

      Claremont Graduate University School of Religion

      and Claremont McKenna College Department of Religious Studies


      cordially invite you to a public lecture on


      Christians and the State:

      Comparing Russian and Egyptian Experiences


      Professor Sergei Plekhanov

      York University, Toronto, Canada


      With Introductory Notes by

      His Grace Bishop Serapion

      Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Southern California

      On Ecumenism between the Coptic and Russian Orthodox Churches


      Dean Anselm Min

      Dean, School of Religion, CGU


      Professor Gaston Espinosa

      Chair, Department of Religious Studies, CMC

      and Chair, 5 Colleges Religious Studies Program


       Albrecht Auditorium

      925 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711


      Wednesday February 17, 2010

      7:00 pm Social and Refreshments

      7:30 Introductory Notes

      7:50 pm Lecture by Professor Plekhanov


      Relations between temporal and ecclesiastical authorities were once at the center of public life everywhere. With the progress of secularization, church-state relations have receded into the background in most countries. But this rich and complex problematic is now revealing itself again in various cultural settings on a global scale.  Comparing the historical and contemporary experiences of two sister churches - Coptic and Russian Orthodox - in this context can help understand the evolving role of religion in the contemporary world.


      Professor Sergei Plekhanov teaches political science at York University in Toronto, Canada. He also serves as Secretary of the Canadian Pugwash Group – Canadian section of the global movement of scientists for peace and nuclear disarmament. Born and educated in Moscow, he worked for over 20 years at the Soviet Academy of Sciences and in the 1980s was an advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev. Prof. Plekhanov is an expert on Russia and other post-communist countries. The revival of Orthodoxy in Russia is one of his current research interests.


      Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. S. Michael Saad, Chair, Council for Coptic Studies, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, e-mail: saad3@.... To learn more about Coptic studies in Claremont, please visit http://www.cgu.edu/pages/5446.asp

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