03.10.2017

The Position of Ukraine’s Protestants is Different

Thoughts regarding a long-term confrontation

Commentary G w a r d e y s k – There are similar concerns among the Protestants of Russia and Ukraine. Both express aversions regarding the liberal, Western world and its defence of women’s and gay rights. Together with the Orthodox, both support the retention of traditional family values. Let us therefore list their differences. There are opinions and practices among the Protestants of Ukraine which barely exist in Russia. Most of the...

02.10.2017

Waiting on Santa Claus

A comparison between the Orthodox and Lutherans in Russia

Commentary Gvardeysk/Tapiau, Kaliningrad Region – Sometimes I sit on one of the benches still retaining a seat in front of Kaliningrad/Königberg’s aging, 1999-built Evangelical-Lutheran “Church of the Resurrection” (Auferstehungskirche) and gaze skyward at its impressive façade. That awakens both happy and sad memories. At the turn of the new millennium, Kaliningrad’s Lutheran services were still visited by hundreds who brought along their...

01.10.2017

The Desire to Live in a Normal Country

Russian Protestants invited to emigrate to the USA

G w a r d e y s k – Apparently, the „Yarovaya Laws“ of July 2016, which are intended to hinder proselytization, also have positive consequences for the Protestants of Russia. The Protestant advertisement forum „Khristianski Megafon“ (formerly „Maxima-News“) carries the advert of an “American Visa Center” inviting the interested to emigrate to the USA (see for ex.

29.07.2017

Half of the Story, Honestly Told

Review of Benjamin Goossen’s book, “Chosen Nation”

M o s c o w -- The “invention” of a Mennonite nation is one outstanding theme in Benjamin Goossen’s dissertation, “Chosen Nation. Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era”, published by Princeton University Press in June 2017. This Mennonite from Kansas with Russian-Ukrainian roots points to the fact that the theory of a Mennonite “nation” was based on the assumed existence of a Jewish one. In both cases, a religious-ethnic grouping present in many cultures was seen as part of...

14.07.2017

A Start has been Made

On a Visit to China and the Russian Far East

Reportage M o s c o w -- Conventional wisdom would have us believe it’s the USA that deals in grand sizes and massive projects. But only in Asia can one see a railway station three avenues wide, three stories high and 420 meters long. (Not including the attached airport terminal next door.) That’s Shanghai’s Hongqiao station. The futuristic, oval-shaped Beijing station may be no less than 30 tracks wide. High-speed trains are connecting...

14.07.2017

Why a Single Protestant Needs Two Chapels

Report on a Visit of the Russian Evangelical Alliance to the Far East

Reportage M o s c o w -- During a visit of the Russian Evangelical Alliance (REA) to the Russian Far East in mid-June, a Pentecostal pastor in Khabarovsk repeated a sad joke supposedly describing the state of Protestantism in Russia: A believer shipwrecked on an uninhabited island decided to build himself two churches. After his rescue, he was asked why a single person needed two chapels. He responded: “I always need one church to attend...

14.07.2017

“Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump Will Yet Become Friends”

Moscow Hosts an Alternative Form of Prayer Breakfast

M o s c o w – On 16 May, an alternative form of National Prayer Breakfast was held in Moscow’s expansive “Ukraine Radisson Royal Hotel”. The more than 200 participants came from a total of 14 countries and – according to its organisers – “all corners of Russia”. Called in Russian the “Youth Business Prayer Breakfast”, its primary supporters are those dozen-or-so Russian businessmen and politicians who regularly attend Washington’s annual National Prayer Breakfast. One Russian...

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