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Addition Ch · 11. May 2017
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Future of Russia ------------------------------------------------------ How anti-Western are the churches? Commentary M o s c o w -- Russian Protestant rejection of the prohibition of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in early April appears virtually unanimous. It usually runs along the lines of the quote from the revered German church leader Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984): “When the Nazis came for the communists, I did not speak out, as I was not a communist. When they...
Addition Ch · 01. March 2013
Searching for Brave and Humble Leaders ------------------------------------------------------------- Eduard Khegay new Methodist bishop in Russia M o s c o w – On January 1 Eduard Grigorevich Khegay of Moscow became the new bishop for the Euroasian Episcopal Area within the Northern European and Euroasian Central Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). He succeeded Bishop Hans Växby, for whom he had served as an assistant since 2005. Växby, a Swede from Finland, has now retired and...
Addition Ch · 24. January 2013
Not Passing by Swiftly on the Other Side ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Baptists commemorate Martin-Luther-King-Day for the second time M o s c o w – On 20 January, Russian Baptists commemorated Martin-Luther-King-Day for the second time. “Who’s my neighbour?” asked Gennadi Sergienko, Senior Pastor of Moscow’s “Second Baptist Church”, in his sermon. Citing the Good Samaritan, he answered: “It’s the persons whom you pass by most...
Addition Ch · 08. November 2012
The Start Has Been Made ------------------------------------------------ Russia finally has a Presbyterian General Assembly M o s c o w -- “Our numbers are smaller than we had anticipated, but the start has been made!” That was the opinion of Dr. Vladimir Li, Pastor of “Moscow Presbyterian Church”, following the founding of Russia’s first Presbyterian General Assembly in Moscow on 4 October. Twenty-nine delegates from Presbyterian congregations stretching from Moscow to Sakhalin...
Addition Ch · 11. July 2012
April 20 – An Ideal Time for Relaxing at Home ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy reports on incidents of racial hatred M o s c o w – After a break of a year-and-a-half, “Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy’s" 11-year-old “Racial Task Force” (RTF) is back in business. Its first two quarterly reports for 2012 listing incidents of racially-based, physical and verbal abuse in Moscow were released on 5 July. These reports...
Addition Ch · 23. February 2010
Joining that Which Jesus is Doing in Russia --------------------------------------------------- On the Quaker presence in Moscow Report M o s c o w -- Thanks largely to the efforts of the Society of Friends – or “Quakers”, the peace church presence on Russian soil remains. The closure of Mennonite Central Committee’s Moscow offices in 2000 had led some to assume that the witness of North America’s pacifist, “historic peace churches” (Quaker, Mennonite, Church of the Brethren) had...