The Greek Orthodox Diocese of Alba Iulia, Youth Department and Christian Education Office – Youth Temple of the Province of Morei and the Orthodox Diocese of Târgu More, with the blessing of His Eminence Father Ireneo, organized the conference “Faith and Gratitude on May 13” 00 by „ Mihai Eminscu Culture House from Târgu More.
The central image of the conference was TV man Dan Negro who led the meeting with interesting stories, a question-and-answer session, but most importantly, an open dialogue with the participants.
“Since I was a kid, my parents used to take me to church. I’m not a bully, I don’t have a very close relationship, I’m a normal guy. I live in the world I don’t live far from the world, but that seemed normal to me, I had no separation About the world I came back to something. It’s always been a pleasure to go to church, my kids have enjoyed it, I go to church, and so does my wife. What it feels like to be back because I’ve never left,” explained Dan Negro.
Religion means general culture
The guest explained how important religion is in order to educate and build a solid public culture, whether we are talking about Catholicism, Orthodoxy or any other well-known branch.
“I think the school develops your school in a certain way. It’s just like the church about general culture, that church in schools which I don’t think is necessarily connected to a particular religion, it’s about general culture in the first place. I remember having the opportunity many years ago to go to the Louvre With him, he was a wonderful man as a general culture, Corneliu Vadim Tudor. I spent about half a day with him, a wonderful half day, I don’t think I said a word. Speaking of general culture, church and schools … At one point Mr. Vadim Tudor stopped and said to me: ” Look around. If you remove the religious paintings from the Louvre, the walls will remain bare. I realized he was right. Absolutely everything about culture was about religion. The great masterpieces of the world have a reference to religion. I think that religion in schools is primarily about general culture. You have a child with whom you go to a museum and discover religious paintings. It’s good to know who’s in the picture, it’s all about religion. Any increase in culture is important, which is why religion in schools has power in the first place to increase general culture, not necessarily for the path to a particular religion that you want to follow,” the guest relayed.
Let’s approach the church without arguing
When asked by the conference director how he thought young people could approach church, Dan Negro told the people in the room a story with morals, which provided a possible answer. Young people do not want to be scolded, they want to be accepted and understood.
“I think the generation here, the children, need people not to argue with. Someone told me a story about Father Galerie. Once he gave a sermon, and I think that sermon lasted a minute. I went out to preach and gave it to those in the hall: This morning, a young woman in a miniskirt came in, She wears shorts, the church and was brought out by three women in the front of the church.Father Galerio said then: I ask old women to pray often, for they have committed a grave sin. That girl may never return to church. That is what I think I discovered in Father Vasili Ioana, in Father Nicolas, not arguing or arguing ”, was the opinion of the TV man.
The views of the young men in the room were in agreement with the guest’s own opinion, with one young woman arguing that “it may be more useful for the young men to introduce God to us as our friend first. Yes, God is our Father, but the young men need more friends and focus more on this unconditional love.” Which God gives us and not on God’s expectations of us, because in the end he “has no expectations of us.”
Dan Negro spoke frankly of his faith in a calm voice who urged all participants in the room to reflect on the issues addressed, express their opinions, and encourage freedom of expression.