IPSEC and Romanian Parliament
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cambridge MA: December 19, 2016 – “We live in an increasingly volatile world, and such partnerships help fulfill our mission.”
The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, Inc., and the Legislative Committee on Discipline and Immunities of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Romania concluded a Memorandum of Agreement to establish scientific collaboration in all fields of activity proposed by the two institutions.
The Parties will develop various forms for cooperation such as collaboration in academic journals, thematic editions, exchange of researchers and internships, and so on. The Parties may also jointly recognize outstanding personalities, and propose that such personalities be awarded honorary academic degrees (Doctor Honoris Causa, Honorary Professor, Honorary Colleague, etc) by the competent institutions.
The joint activity will be developed in accordance with the international obligations and the domestic laws of each Party.
“This agreement falls within the institutional scope of IPSEC, which is centered on consulting, education, and research. We hope that by working with the Romanian lawmakers, IPSEC will have a better impact in promoting peace, freedom, and coexistence, not only in areas of confessional interest, but everywhere. We live in an increasingly volatile world, and such partnerships help fulfill our mission,” said Dr. Marian Simion, the founder of IPSEC.
The Agreement entered into force on November 23, 2016, and it is not subject to any time limitations.
“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.” For more, visit: www.orthodoxpeace.org.
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Freedom of Conscience and Religion conference concludes at the Romanian Parliament
On September 29, 2016, the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) served as an institutional partner for the international scientific conference, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security.” The conference was organized by Asociația Conștiință și Libertate (Conscience and Liberty Association), and the Romanian Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, Juridical Committee on Discipline and Immunities, in partnership with Secretariatul de State pentru Culte (Secretariate of State for Religious Affairs), International Religious Liberty Association, Association Internationale pour la Défense de la Liberté Religieuse, Université Paul-Valery Montpellier 3, and Essanchess-Journal for Communication Studies. This event brought together policymakers, clergy and academics, who spoke on religious pluralism and tolerance. Over sixty brief speeches and papers were presented in Romanian, French, German, English and Ukrainian; all of them published in full version in the Journal for Freedom of Conscience Vol.4/2016 (Editions IARSIC: Les Arcs, France.) IPSEC was represented by Dr. Marian Simion, who presented a paper on religious counterterrorism, and by Fr. Nicholas J. Greanias, JD, LLM, who presented a paper on religious freedom and national security.
IPSEC AND THE SCIENTIFIC PRESS PROUDLY RELEASE
The Phenomenon of Migration PROCEEDINGS OF HARVARD SQUARE SYMPOSIUM | VOL 2/2016
Edited by Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru, Denise Simion, and Viorica Burcea
The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) together with the Scientific Press (Cambridge, MA) are pleased to announce the publication of the volume titled, “The Phenomenon of Migration: Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium” | Volume 2 | Year 2016, edited by Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru, Denise E. Simion and Viorica Burcea. This volume contains scientific papers in arts and sciences presented at the second edition of the Harvard Square Symposium; a symposium organized by the Scientific Press together with IPSEC on August 23, 2016, in Cambridge, MA. The volume was released on September 29, 2016 at the Romanian Parliament in the context of the international conference, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security.” (more...)
“Migration is the world on the move. It is a search for a new meaning; a hope for survival or for better life. With each generation claiming the tangible and the intangible, humanity carries on its own sense of immortality. The migrant leaves everything behind either motivated by domestic menace, or seduced by the promises of the new world.” (The Editors)
Dr. Marian Simion receives the Medal
of the Romanian Parliament for
Human Rights activity
On September 29, 2016, Dr. Marian Gh. Simion was awarded “The Medal of the Romanian Parliament” and “Diploma of Honor” by the Chamber of Deputies, The Juridical Committee on Discipline and Immunities, in recognition of his overall activity for the promotion, consolidation and respect for freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. The awards were offered in the context of the international scientific conference, “Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the Context of National Security.”
His Eminence Metropolitan Irineu Popa Interim Vice-Chair of IPSEC Board of Trustees
July 25, 2016
The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) is pleased to announce that His Eminence, Acad. Prof. Dr. Irineu Popa, has joined IPSEC’s Board of Trustees as Interim Vice-Chair; replacing Father Raymond G. Helmick, SJ, who passed away on April 21, 2016.
His Eminence Irineu is the Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan of Oltenia, in southern Romania. He is also a university professor at the University of Craiova, and a Member of the Romanian Academy.
His Eminence Irineu received his theological training at the Theological Seminary of Craiova, the Theological Institute of Bucharest, and at Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris, where he received his first doctorate in theology in 1990, with Professor Boris Bobrinscoy. Between 1986 and 1987, he studied French language and literature at the University of Grenoble. His Eminence also taught Church History and Byzantine History and Civilization at Saint Serge Theological Institute in Paris. In 1995 he was appointed tenured professor of Ethics and Dogmatic Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Craiova, and served as its Dean since 2008 until 2016. In 2005, His Eminence received his second doctorate in Civil Law from Nicolae Titulescu Law School in Craiova.
His Eminence Irineu published 21 books and over 80 scholarly articles of theological research, and takes active part in national and international congresses and theological conferences. His Eminence was a voting member in the Holy and Great Council in Crete, and also co-authored several canonical documents that were adopted by the Holy and Great Council in Crete.
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IPSEC and the Academy of Sciences
of the Republic of Moldova
are now partners
On May 19, 2016, IPSEC entered into a partnership with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova (the Institute of Philology), by signing a Memorandum of Agreement for Scientific Collaboration. The purpose of this partnership is to establish a platform for collaboration in all fields proposed by the partnering institutions, and in accordance with the international obligations and the domestic laws of each party. The parties will cooperate on research, will create internships, and will establish joint committees to organize conferences, symposia, and roundtables, and they will develop international projects and programs in accordance with their institutional missions.
IPSEC and the Scientific Press proudly release
The Future of Knowledge:
Harvard Square Symposium Volume 1 | Year 2016,
edited by Titus Corlăţean
and Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru
The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) together with the Scientific Press are pleased to announce the publication of the volume titled, “The Future of Knowledge: Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium | Volume 1 | Year 2016, edited by Titus Corlăţean and Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru.
This volume contains scientific papers in arts and sciences presented at the first edition of “Harvard Square Symposium;” a symposium organized by the Scientific Press together with IPSEC on April 29–30, 2016, in Cambridge Massachusetts. The theme, “the Future of Knowledge,” was suggestively chosen to highlight the mission of our symposia; that of making a valuable contribution to a future of humanity full of hope and trust, keeping in mind that the common responsibilities toward the future generations (which we share across nations, cultures, and beliefs), ought to be symbiotic with our professional ideals, in providing good stewardship. Please note that
Harvard Square Symposium is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is a Harvard University program or activity. (more...)
Dr. Simion Speaks on Religious Terrorism and
Fundamentalism at conferences held in
Moldova and Romania
On May 10, 2016, Dr. Marian Simion presented a paper “Martyrdom or Suicide: On the Heroic Death in a Religious Context,” during an international conference titled, “Legislation, Ethics and Religion.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova in Chişinău, Republic of Moldova. On May 9, 2016, he also presented a paper “The Risks of Religious Fundamentalism,” during an international conference titled, “Religious Freedom: the Warrant of a Better World.” This event was co-sponsored and hosted by the “Stephen the Great” University of Suceava, in Suceava, Romania. Both conferences had been organized by the Liberty and Conscience Association from Bucharest, Romania, together with the hosting institutions.
IPSEC and the Scientific Press
conclude International Symposium
On April 29-30, 2016 the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity together with the Scientific Press concluded the first international symposium titled, “The Future of Knowledge.” This symposium was held as a private event at the Harvard Faculty Club, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and reunited academics from the fields of arts and sciences, coming from three continents. His Excellency, Titus Corlăţean (Romania’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs; currently senator and university professor), presented the inaugural keynote paper, and His Excellency Mihnea Costoiu (Romania’s former Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development; currently senator and president of “Politehnica” University from Bucharest), presented a keynote speech as well. For details, please visit: www.scientificpress.org
Dr. Simion speaks on TrinitasTV
"Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World"
On May 18, 2016 Dr. Marian Simion was invited by the Romanian National Channel, TrinitasTV, for an hour-long discussion titled, “Religion and Its Contribution to a Better World.”
Harvard Associate Dean receives
Honorary Doctorate in Romania
Upon IPSEC’s informal recommendation, Rev. Dr. Dudley C. Rose, the Associate Dean for Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by Dimitrie Cantemir University in Bucharest, Romania. The degree was awarded in the presence of academics and government officials including the Prime Minister of Romania, vice-president of the Romanian Senate, former ministers of education, foreign affairs, and university professors from Romania and Western Europe. Dr. Rose was also a keynote speaker at the Romanian Parliament, and appeared on several national TV channels in Romania as a featured guest.
Dr. Simion Appointed Honorary Adviser
to the Parliament of Romania
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Marian Simion was appointed Honorary Adviser to Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean, Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Romanian Senate, and his cabinet at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. According to the letter of appointment, “Dr. Simion’s responsibility is administering the international affairs and communication of Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean with the American governmental institutions, federal, state and local, with American organizations which have the purpose of developing bilateral relations in the cultural environment or of business with Romania, as well as with the Romanian community in the United States of America.” (more…)
Cambridge University Press Releases
Dr. Marian Simion’s
Religion and Public Policy
Cambridge University Press has released Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics, a book co-edited by Dr. Marian Simion together with Sumner B. Twiss and Rodney L. Petersen. Featuring a group of distinguished contributors, including Bryan Hehir, Scott Appleby, John Witte, Jr., Abdulaziz Sachedina, and the CNN political commentator and former presidential advisor David Gergen, this volume is a multifaceted and original exploration of the status and justification of human rights; of the meaning and significance of religious liberty; how the comparative study of religious ethics ought to proceed; the nature, limits, and future development of just war thinking; the role of religion and human rights in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and peace-building; and the tensions raised by religious involvement in public policy and state institutional practices. (more...)
Dr. Simion Interviewed by Voice of America
on Ukrainian Conflict
When it comes to conflict, “Orthodox Christianity has a very interesting and complex attitude toward violence,” said Marian Gh. Simion. . . . "Orthodox Christianity does not have a 'Just War' theory. . . . Because it operates under the state, it's never had to make decisions on national invasions, so its theology runs much more pacifistic."(read article | download audio file...)
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