Planning for World Congress of Families VIII Suspended
Planning for World Congress of Families VIII – the Moscow Congress (scheduled for September 10-12, 2014) – has been suspended for the time being. The situation in the Ukraine and Crimea (and the resulting U.S. and European sanctions) has raised questions about travel, logistics, and other matters necessary to plan WCF VIII.
The suspension of planning is not meant to reflect negatively on the Russian people, churches or individuals who have taken a leadership role in the fight to preserve life, marriage, and the natural family at home and as part of the international pro-family movement.
WCF has been active in Russia since its founding in 1995. Professor Anatoly Antonov of Lomonosov Moscow State University – one of the nation’s foremost demographers and a member of the organizing committee for WCF VIII – was present at the conception.
That activity increased dramatically with Father Maxim Obukhov’s presentation at WCF IV (Warsaw) in 2007, the appointment of Alexey Komov as regional representative in Russia and the CIS in 2010, and the world’s first Demographic Summit at the Russian State Social University in 2011. The Summit was the first international gathering devoted exclusively to the coming crisis resulting from the worldwide decline of fertility. It was followed by a second Demographic Summit in the Russian region of Ulyanovsk in 2012.
We are proud of the accomplishments of our Russian Partners, and applaud the moves of the Russian people, through their elected representatives, to protect life, the family and the innocence of children. At a time when Western governments are moving backward to a pagan worldview, Russia has taken a leadership role to advance the natural family.
The World Congress of Families takes no position on foreign affairs, except as they affect the natural family. The natural family is above national concerns and should transcend and unite all people of good will who recognize the centrality of the family as the foundation of civilization. Our Russian Partners and others we have worked with in the Russian Federation have our prayers and encouragement in their pro-family work.
There will be a follow-up announcement release as the situation develops.