Priest in Modern World. Research Grant: PSTGU

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Duration of the project: start in 2015

Project coordinator: Nikolay Emelyanov

Research team: Ivan Zabaev, Konstantin Polskov, Konstantin Antonov, Daria Oreshina, Anna Zueva, Yulia Koloshenko, Kirill Alexin

About the project
One way or another, all problems of church life affect the priests. In a sense, it is precisely the priests who are in the center of church life.
Bishops are far from ordinary people and there are very few of them (in Russia there are 300 bishops). They are engaged in administrative work and to a lesser extent communicate with the laity. Even priests do not have constant and easy access to the bishop.
As far as the laity is concerned, there is no objective criterion which would make it possible to distinguish a regular parishioner from a person baptized as a child and not having any idea about the faith. The only objective distinguishing feature for differentiating parishioners (regular attendants of church services, occasional parishioners, and sporadic visitors) is regular communion. However, this difference cannot be in any way recognized externally, and is in effect, reduced to the extent of communication between the lay person and the priest.
We may assumed that it is precisely the priests who determine the manner of church life and define the vector of influence of the Church in the society as a whole.
This suggestion raises a number of issues:

  • Who is the priest of today, what is his responsibility, what he should and should not do?
  • What is the difference between the priests and other actors (teachers, psychologists, social workers, etc.)?
  • Why is church life today not developing in Russia?
  • Why is the effectiveness of priests in society so insignificant?
  • Is it possible to design and model the effectiveness of the priesthood?

The project implies multiple forms of work, including a regular working seminar, cycles of theoretical seminars for elaborating on individual problems of the project, invitating foreign professors for thematic lectures and discussions, conducting empirical research, and preparation of publications.
In 2015, the following activities will be carried out as part of the project:

  • a series of theoretical seminars, “Modernity and Society” [program of the seminar]
  • a regular seminar of the working group with the participation of sociologists, theologians, anthropologists, ethnographers and other experts.

RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS

Emeliyanov Nikolay. 2016. "The issue of the number of priests in the USA and the UK in the second half of the 20th century." Vestnik PSTGU. Series I: Theology. Philosophy 3 (65), 89-111. Moscow: PSTGU.
аннотация

Zueva Anna. 2016. "Current studies on the priest: an overview of major trends." Working Papers: "Sociology of Religion" Seminar, Series: Priest in Modern World, 2016-16, Moscow: PSTGU.

RELEVANT NEWS

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Archpriest Nikolay Emelyanov presents at Pastoral Seminar at PSTU, 15 November 2016 >>>

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Fellows of St.Tichon’s University participated at the 16th annual conference at Aleksanteri institute in Helsinki >>>

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Fifth All-Russian Congress of Sociology. 19 – 21 October. Ural Federal University >>>

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October 7th 2016. archpriest N. Emelianov, deacon A. Chernyi and K.Alexin Took Part in the Workshop on Contemporary Problems of Pastoral Theology in The University of Vienna >>>

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19th September 2016, archpriest Nikolay Emeliyanov presented a paper at VI INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE “SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION IN THE LATE MODERN SOCIETY” IN BELGOROD STATE UNIVERSITY >>>