The workshop is founded on the experience of the three International Public Athonite Conferences, which were held in Salzburg (2011), Weimar (2012) and Belgrade (2013). The Conferences were focused on the ongoing transformations of moral values in contemporary European civilization and Christian (Orthodox) ways of overcoming the challenges of modernity. The workshop will be devoted to the discussion of the role of contemporary Christian and in particular Orthodox (including Athonite) approaches to ecology, social organization and sustainable social development on the basis of spiritual, cultural values and traditions. The project of the constantly operating public conference dedicated to the discussions of issues concerned with the Holy Mount Athos will be also presented at the workshop. The main aim of the project is to gather the clergy and well-known public figures, scholars, researchers and all people of good will who are united by interest, love, and respect for the Holy Mountain. The project is to design the possible strategies of co-existence and cooperative labour based on the example of Athos for people from different countries, who share the principles of common values, mutual assistance, justice and equality.
Main Vectors of Discussion: Christian way of life as a working model of socialization in contemporary society; The ascetic traditions of modernity: the history and the responses to the existing challenges; The holistic approach to the world and the human being based on the example of the spiritual experiences and practices of the Holy Mount Athos; Orthodox and in particular Athonite approaches to the ecological challenges – drafting the series of Athonite Ecology Lectures; The initiative of establishing the constantly operating international conference dedicated to issues concerned with the Holy Mount Athos