The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) is organizing a colloquium entitled Civil Society and Orthodoxy November 16-17, 2012, at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Politicians of all levels, including senators, MPs, and local and regional authorities, will be attending and speaking on the major hot-button themes of the witness of Orthodoxy in the modern world. Also attending will be representatives of the Orthodox and Ancient Near Eastern churches, theological schools, and other intellectuals.
The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) is an interparliamentary organization, based in the Hellenic Parliament. It has members from inside aforementioned parliament, as well as teams of Orthodox MPs and ancient Eastern churches from 26 parliaments around the world. (www.eiao.org). The people participating in the conference include: the President of the General Assembly of the IAO, Russian MP Mr. Sergei Popov, The Greek Secretary General, MP Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis, and MPs, members of the International Secretariat of the IAO from Cyprus, Serbia, Sudan, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia.
The Interparliamentary Commission aspires to meet and forge closer ties with the representatives of the Orthodox and Ancient Eastern Churches, as well as the parliament members of the United States, and inform them about its activities. The IAO particularly addresses Orthodox members of government and invites them to take an active part in its activities.
After the conference, the members of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy will travel to Washington, D.C. for meetings with members and committees of the House and Senate for the purpose of informing them about the activities of the IAO, which develop international cooperation and peace throughout the world. In this context, and in collaboration with the Pan-African Parliament, the IAO founded the "Foundation for Democracy, Parliamentarism, and Religious Tolerance in Africa”, which is based in Athens and Maputo, Mozambique.
In the Washington political/parliamentary-based discussions, the members of the IAO will discuss these issues of inter-parliamentary cooperation and how they can show forth possibilities in mutual understanding. These discussions will give special attention to the problem of the presence and protection of Christians in the Middle East and the surrounding regions.