Seminar on New Age Was Held at Vytautas Magnus University

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An interdisciplinary seminar “New Age as a Manifestation of Modern Religiosity” was held at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas on the 21st of November, 2005. The seminar was co organized by the Department of Sociology of VMU and New Religions Research and Information Centre, Vilnius.

An interdisciplinary seminar “New Age as a Manifestation of Modern Religiosity” was held at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas on the 21st of November, 2005. The seminar was co organized by the Department of Sociology of VMU and New Religions Research and Information Centre, Vilnius.

There were five papers presented by participants from different fields of studies, like sociology, ethnology, anthropology, psychology and religious studies. The first paper was presented by PhD candidate in sociology at VMU and a chairman of the board of governors of New Religions Research and Information Centre – Milda Ališauskienė. She presented a paper on New Age milieu in Lithuania and its seekers. Her paper was based on the researches that she conducted in Vilnius Academy of Parapsychology and Lithuanian Art of Living organization.

The second paper was presented by Brother Arūnas Peškaitis OFM, he is a cofounder of New Religion’s Research and Information Centre. His topic was “Christianity and New Age: Anthropological Approach. The Readings of Vatican Document on New Age”. Next presentation was about the relations between humanistic psychology and New Age. The author is psychologist Robertas Petronis and a co founder of New Religions Research and Information Centre.

After a short break a presentation was made by Donatas Glodenis about Sivananda Yoga movement and its positioning within the New Age milieu. His paper was based on his research in the Sivananda Yoga movement. D.Glodenis has M.A. in religious studies and he is a cofounder of New Religions Research and Information Centre. The last presentation was made by Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, who is a PhD student in ethnology at VMU. She talked about Vissarion movement and New Age. Her presentation was based on the research she conducted at Vissarion religious community in Siberia. In the paper she presented analysis of Vissarion doctrine and compared it with beliefs of New Age milieu.

The high attendance of the seminar, questions and discussions that followed the presentations revealed the importance of such kind of seminars to be held in the future, too. It is expected that the papers presented during the seminar in the near future will be published at www.religija.lt website. Hopefully they will have English summaries or the whole translations.