Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God!









The mission of the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, Inc., is to conduct research, educate, and offer consultancy to educators, policymakers, and religious leaders in exploring and implementing methods of peacemaking emerging from the traditions of Eastern Christianity.


After the end of the Cold War, religion became increasingly associated with death and destruction. From intellectuals to the common folk, people viewed religion as the main source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness. Facing difficult questions about Orthodox Christianity, Dr. Marian Simion ascertained that this subject was completely overlooked by the Orthodox seminaries and schools of theology. Therefore, he established IPSEC to help fill this gap. The vision which Dr. Simion set for IPSEC was to focus on research, education, and consulting from a multidisciplinary perspective, simply because religion permeates all aspects of human life, and religious peacemaking can only become effective if taking a holistic and process-oriented approach.



Created in the spring of 2008, the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) was incorporated in Massachusetts on March 27, 2009. On April 9, 2009 the Internal Revenue Service assigned IPSEC the Employer Identification Number 26-4633958, and the institute was inaugurated on July 2, 2009 in Bucharest Romania. On December 15, 2013, IPSEC became a tax deductible 501(c)(3) entity under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 170. Partnering with various organizations such as the World Council of Churches (Switzerland), the Institute for Theology and Peace (Germany), the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate (Romania), the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch (Syria), the Association for Freedom and Conscience (Romania), the Parliament of Romania, and others, IPSEC successfully completed several projects including two international expert consultations in Romania (Bucharest, 2009) and Syria (Damascus, 2010), one international workshop during the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica (Kingston, 2011), and others. IPSEC published two scholarly books in partnership with World Council of Churches and with the Boston Theological Institute, and has established partnerships with the Faculties of Orthodox Theology of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, of “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, as well as with the Business School of the Athenaeum University of Bucharest, Romania. In 2014 IPSEC became affiliated with Harvard Divinity School as a field education agency site.


Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity

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