6th Toksovo Readings on Local History
On December 19, 2019, 6thToksovo Readings on Local History took place in the town of Toksovo, situated at the North-West of the Russian Federation (http://www.toksovo-lo.ru/). As usual, the Readings were conducted under the auspices of UNESCO Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue (St.Petersburg – Moscow), basing on the facilities the local Educational Center (http://www.school-toksovo.ru/). This time, interfaith dialogue with Lutheran church formed the main topic of the meeting, as well as intercultural dialogue between local Russian and Finnish (Inkeri) population. A number of reports of local historians, writers, and representatives of the local Lutheran religious community, dedicated to various aspects of the 400 years of presence of Lutheran faith in Toksova and its environs, were presented. Pastor of the Toksova Lutheran congregation A.Ujmanen served as special guest of the Readings, which were resumed by a fine choir formed by local dwellers, which presented beautiful Christmas chorals in Russian and Finnish.