Since 2004, I have been traveling regularly to Russia and have lived for longer periods of time in St. Petersburg and Moscow. I am especially interested in the situation of the Christian churches since the fall of communism. My focus has been on the Orthodox Church, and I have been privileged to visit significant monasteries, parishes, publishing houses, universities, and diaconal institutions.
My research interests includes:
- The role of the Orthodox Church in defining a new post-communist national identity
- Contemporary Russian Orthodox monasticism (I have spent time at Solovki, Valaam, and Sergiev Posad)
- Patriarch Kirill’s program of votserkovlenie (“in-churching”)
- Church-state relations
- New Orthodox initiatives in social services, education, and mass media
- What Orthodox and Protestants can learn from each other