The Festival brought together more than 2000 people who, over the course of these two days, considered how it is possible to continue on with a tradition that has been broken – not so much in form as in spirit and meaning, as well as what new paths to sobornost are open to us today. The festival’s organizer, the Transfiguration Fellowship of Minor Orthodox Brotherhoods, seeks to create the space for open conversation about the most important issues facing the church and society today.
This was the 3rd annual Transfiguration Meetings Festival. This year, lay people, priests, historians, journalists, writers, and other artists who are well-known to the public participated in the forum, as well as representatives of Christian movements from Russia, Italy, France, Germany the US, the Czech Republic and Latvia.
As is traditional during the festival, on the 20th of August many of the participants of the Transfiguration Meetings went to serve liturgy together at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
The work of the festival took place across 13 pavilions dedicated to various aspects of the interrelation between church and society. Pavilion themes included: the history of the 20th c. and historical memory, the problem of fellowship in the church, bringing adults, children and youth into the church, liturgical services, participation of laity in the life of the church, witnessing to Christ, interaction between church and culture, the creation of Christian unity, brotherhoods within the church, and the “Calling our Nation to Repentance” Initiative, which is taking place this year, the 100th year since the Revolution of 1917.
These materials were prepared by Alexandra Strotseva and Daria Makeeva
Photographers: Alexander Volkov, Alyona Kaplina, Diana Rybakova, Boris Levitsky, Evgeny Gurko, Maria Kaykova, Olga Maksimova, Andrey Podorov, Andrey Zaychenko