On 25 September, 2019, the National Research Tomsk State University in cooperation with the “Dialogue of Civilizations” Research Institute holds a round table discussion “Dialogue through social care: experience of the Roman Catholic Church in Russia.”
Being the largest religious organization in the world, Roman Catholic Church has always been engaged in social care activities. Significant number of events are currently being implemented, as various as assisting convicts in juvenile detentions, the “Right to Life” and “My Baby” projects supporting families in difficult situations and promoting family values, Caritas organizations’ activities as well as many other initiatives. The participants of the round table will try to answer the question, what values and worldviews determine the willingness to actively engage in social care, and what kind of ideas in different religions encourage their adherents to be socially active. Besides that, the issue of the willingness of representatives of the Roman Catholic Church to enter into dialogue and collaborate with representatives of other worldviews, religious movements and organizations will be considered. During the discussion, social care experience accumulated by Catholics and members of other religious organizations will be analyzed.
The event will be moderated by associate professor of the TSU Department of Sociology and DOC Research Institute associated expert Roman Bykov. The round table will be attended by representatives of religious organizations and movements of Tomsk, employees, graduate students and students of Tomsk universities and media representatives.
Fr. Wojtek Ziolek, Priest of the roman catholic church
Fr. Michael Desjardins, Priest of the roman catholic church
Oleg Khazanov; Associate Professor of the TSU Department of Ancient World, Middle Ages and Methodology of History
representatives of Tomsk religious organizations.
Location: Tomsk, Bakunina st., 4, the Catholic Community of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary.
The event starts at 18:30.
Working language: Russian.