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Interconfe · 23. April 2020
Corona Does not Aid Inter-Confessional Peace ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Responses to a Wave of Infections in Bryansk L a d u s h k I n -- On 2 April, the governor of Bryansk region, Alexander Bogomaz, announced on Russia’s leading “Channel One” that Baptists arriving in Russia from Spain had brought the Corona virus to that city. Bryansk is a major centre of Protestant life located near the border with Belarus 360 km southwest of Moscow....
Interconfe · 03. April 2020
Diversity is the Word ------------------------------------------ Protestantism in Contemporary Russia L a d u s h k i n – The biological reaper has not yet completed his task: At Moscow’s Central Baptist Church, which is located only a few kilometres from the Kremlin, one can still experience Soviet-era worship live. Male preachers in white shirts and black suits celebrate the pious and industrious life; the women rule the roost when it comes to spontaneous, public prayer. The rows are...
Interconfe · 02. January 2018
Dividing the Christian Sheep from the Christian Goats ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Protestant Developments in Russia during 2017 M o s c o w -- In an interview with Moscow’s dissident “Portal-Credo” news service on 26 December, Yuri Sipko, the Russian Baptist Union’s one-time president, described the banning of Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses on 17 August as the country’s most significant religious development during 2017. “This measure...
Interconfe · 27. September 2016
This piece covers the following topics: a climate of uncertainty among Russia’s Protestants, a Russian-German bus driver and the European Baptist Federation on the topic of Ukraine, Yuri Sipko calls on the separatists in Donbass to lay down their arms, Yoder muses: Does it do any good to list the sins of the other side? The Continuing Journey in Opposing Directions ---------------------------------------------------------------------- On the present climate among Russia’s Protestant S m o l...
Interconfe · 15. July 2016
Keep Cool and Carry On ------------------------------------------ A Commentary on Russia’s new anti-terror legislation M o s c o w -- Despite massive lobbying by Russian Protestants, President Vladimir Putin signed off on a package of anti-terror legislation usually called the “Yarovaya Laws” on 7 July. Highly significant for evangelicals are stipulations forbidding evangelistic efforts in public areas and restricting the practice of religion to officially-designated, registered places of...
Interconfe · 18. March 2013
A Society of High Prices and Low Values -------------------------------------------------------------------- Russia’s National Prayer Breakfast gathers for the 13th time M o s c o w -- Upholding moral values is the rallying cry of Russia’s National Prayer Breakfast movement. That was again the case at this year´s gathering of roughly 200 leaders in Moscow on 12 March. This was the 13th breakfast in the course of its 18-year history. First-time guest Yaroslav Nilov addressed the morality...
Interconfe · 20. February 2013
A Wonderful Opportunity to Demonstrate the Genuineness of our Faith ------------------------------------------------------------------ On choosing honesty and transparency Commentary M o s c o w -- Obviously, church donations from the West have achieved a lot of good. Moscow, which featured a single, registered Protestant congregation until Perestroika, may now have 100. Uncountable humanitarian projects would not have come to pass without Western funding. Thousands or millions of Russians have...
Interconfe · 04. January 2013
Fearing “Gypsies” No More ---------------------------------------------------- Presbyterians and the Roma of Russia M o s c o w -- Much of Roma history remains shrouded in mystery – there is no consensus even on the matter of numbers. According to Wikipedia, the highest number of Roma (once called “gypsies” as derived from the word “Egyptian”) are located in the USA – around a million. Yet the Zurich journal “Religion und Gesellschaft in Ost und West” (RGOW) reports that the...
Interconfe · 17. November 2012
Exceeding Permissible Levels of Ecumenical Pain ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Regarding the support of Germany’s evangelical Christians for P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – A decision has been made contrary to the wishes of leading representatives of the “Evangelical Church in Germany” (EKD). Germany’s 16 “Luther cities” decided on 11 November to refrain from awarding its “Luther Prize”, called “The Fearless Word”, to the...
Interconfe · 28. August 2012
A New Icon to Whom Liberals Can Pray --------------------------------------------------------- The Russian Protestant response to P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – Russian Protestants are united in condemning the two-year prison sentence dished out to the punk group “P*Riot”. Yet the church fathers are motivated not only by humanitarian concerns – they also have no desire to supply the group with a global stage. (It is incidentally permissible to reject the vulgar name the world’s most...

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