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"Christians and the State: Comparing Russian and Egyptian Experiences" at Claremont Graduate University

On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Claremont Graduate University School of Religion and Claremont McKenna College Department of Religious Studies will hold a public lecture entitled "Christians and the State: Comparing Russian and Egyptian Experiences" featuring Professor Sergei Plekhanov of York University in Toronto, Canada.

The lecture will compare relations between temporal and ecclesiastical authorities among Christians in Russia and Egypt, as well as the the historical and contemporary experiences of these two sister churches to help understand the evolving role of religion in the modern world.

His Grace Bishop Serapion will deliver opening remarks on Coptic Orthodox-Russian Orthodox ecumenical dialogue and relations.

The lecture will take place at:

Albrecht Auditorium
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

The proposed schedule is as follows:

7:00 pm Social and Refreshments
7:30 Introductory Notes
7:50 pm Lecture by Professor Plekhanov

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. S. Michael Saad, Chair, Council for Coptic Studies, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, e-mail: To learn more about Coptic studies in Claremont, and future/past events, please visit

His Grace Bishop Serapion to Deliver Opening Remarks

Posted by Fr. Moses Samaan

February 7, 2010