SPECRS Workshops for Academic and Civic Groups
St. Petersburg Education Center for Religion and Science (SPECRS)
St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy (SRPh)
SRPh is an interdenominational academic institution uniting highly regarded scientists and scholars, theologians and priests, engaged in searching for new ways of teaching the next generation of academics. Society members plan a series of twenty workshops, including academic and civic institutes in twelve major cities of the Russian Federation with a goal of reaching over 2000 individuals. SPECRS promotes contacts between Russian and Western scientists, theologians, religious groups, and business people with interest in the science-religion dialogue. The aim of workshops is to involve a broader spectrum of scholars, researchers, leaders in education, congregations and church officials in the growing science/theology conversation by providing a base for the formation of additional groups, network building, and intellectual exploration. To enhance their ongoing dialogue, SPECRS plans to offer a graduate-level program entitled “Religious Basis of Contemporary Problems of Natural Sciences.” Publication of the workshop materials is available on a website that will also include an enhanced forum for ongoing discussion and further initiatives. Institutional support for this comprehensive project is provided by SRPh.