Lutherans

Lutherans · 13. February 2020
Combining the Old and the New ---------------------------------------------------- A New and Youthful Congregation in Kaliningrad Kaliningrad -- Kaliningrad Pastor Vitaly Alexandrovich Gut wants to combine the old with the new. That’s why he regards his congregation as both Lutheran and charismatic. His services include lifted hands, a praise team and modern music. Yet his 25-member congregation is not overly-loud in a negative sense and anyone not choosing to lift their hands during worship...
Lutherans · 03. December 2019
Not as Bad as One Would Think ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lutheran life following the emigration of its „glue“ Report V i t y a s / F a r E a s t – The restrictive Yarovaya-Laws of 2016 are not the problem, assures Vladimir Vinogradov, Dean (Propst) of the Omsk-based “Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East” (ELCUSFE). Responsible for the Siberian portion of the church, he sees a major problem in the fact that his...
Lutherans · 09. April 2019
A Bridgebuilder between East and West --------------------------------------------------- Siegfried Springer has died B e r l i n – On 16 February, Bishop Siegfried Springer passed away shortly before his 89th birthday. Am memorial service was held in his hometown, Bad Sooden-Allendorf/Hesse, on 9 March. Born in the Caucasus city of Mineralnie Vody/USSR in 1930, he needed to come to terms with the execution of his father and a grandfather seven years later. His ethnic German family lived in...
Lutherans · 30. December 2018
A Church Fellowship with an Endangered Future ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Regarding the present state of the “Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession” K a l i n i n g r a d – After the departure of five of approximately eight total bishops during the past 20 months, Moscow’s “Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession” (ELTsAI in Russian) appears to be on its last legs. The nearly 40 congregations of yore...
Lutherans · 14. June 2018
The Threat of a Hole in the Mosaic ------------------------------------------------------- The World’s Largest Territorial Lutheran Church Must Make Do with Very Few People A report V l a d i v o s t o k – Even in the Russian Far East it can be the state that keeps a Protestant congregation from throwing in the towel. A Lutheran house church had already received a green light from church leadership to close its doors. Yet when the city informed them that deregistration would cost 60.000...
Lutherans · 11. May 2017
Russia’s Lutheran Pietists are not Alone ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Alexander Scheiermann consecrated as bishop of Siberia and the Far East M o s c o w -- Elected on 16 October, Alexander Scheiermann was consecrated as bishop of the “Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Urals, Siberia and Far East” (ELCUSFE) in Omsk on 23 April. Looks can be deceiving: Though representatives of the “Evangelical Church of Germany’s” (EKD) Department...
Lutherans · 25. October 2013
The Church after Rush Hour is Over ---------------------------------------------------------------- Lutherans in Russia's Kaliningrad enclave have a new concept M o s c o w – Things have settled down among the Lutherans in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad/Königsberg a quarter century after the political transformation of Europe. The throngs of tourists have shrivelled. Those aged, one-time residents from Germany who had planned to set up shop in the enclave have already done so. Due in...
Lutherans · 04. November 2012
“We cannot believe the charges” ------------------------------------------------- Dmitry Lotov and the organ in a Moscow cathedral M o s c o w – On the evening of 4 September a group of independent Lutherans headed by Dmitry Lotov shoved their way into Moscow’s St. Peter- and-Paul-Cathedral. A cohort of Lotov shinnied up into the balcony. After removing the foot pedals (“foot keyboard”) from the organ, videos show the person jumping back down and returning to the entrance of the...
Lutherans · 29. March 2011
„God Will be With Us“ ------------------------------------------------ Decisions reached at the ELCER’s Moscow synod M o s c o w – Rev. Dietrich Brauer was inaugurated as Bishop of the „Evangelical-Lutheran Church in European Russia” (ELCER) in Moscow’s St. Peter-and-Paul- Cathedral on 12 March. At the ELCER’s synod in nearby Pushkino, Brauer had been elected unanimously to serve as the new ELCER Bishop. Superintendent (Propst) Vladimir Provorov of Ulyanovsk/Volga was appointed...
Lutherans · 16. November 2010
Unity Remains the Goal --------------------------------------------- Lutheran developments in the West of the former Soviet Union Report M o s c o w – The neediness of the “Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Republic of Belarus” was apparent at a celebratory church service in Polotsk in the north-eastern section of the country on 12 September. At the outset of Communion, Richardas Dokshas, a Lithuanian clergyman from Vilnius, explained to the three or four native pastors where...

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