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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 010. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 24, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/639.

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Facts Forum. (1956-12). Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 010. Facts Forum News, 1955-1956. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/639

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript — An Historic Precedent is the term used by the late Dr. Walter W. Van Kirk, of the National Council of Churches, to describe the visit of the American churchmen to the Soviet Union. The nine clergymen comprising this deputation are pictured on the opposite page- XVIISK SSEEItl.lE PIIEETO American Protestant church leaders stand with two Russian clergymen in front of a massive cracked bell, which fell from a tower within the Kremlin. IN' June, 1955. the- governing general board of the National Council of Churches voted that a widely representative group of American church leaders should visit Russia. Primarily, the purpose of the visit was to manifest a spiritual fellowship, to increase the mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries, and to exchange ideas regarding the work of churches. After having planned their visit almost a year in advance, a nine-man deputation of American church leaders flew to Moscow in March of this year for a ten-day visit. En route they made a stop at Prague, where they were guests e*if Czech Protestant ancl Eastern Orthodox church leaders. When the American churchmen reached Moscow, Metropolitan Nico- lai, in behalf of Patriarch Alexei, of the Russian Orthodox Church, met them at the airport. Most of the talks were held at the home of the Patriarch, where the Americans met Russian and Armenian Orthodox churchmen, Russian Baptists, and Lutherans from the Baltic States. The deputation was able to make Only two side- excursions. They visited the Orthodox religious center at Zagorsk, where they met priests in training, and also visited youth centers PageS ancl the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Leningrad. After their return to the United States, the churchmen made a joint statement in which they described their visit to Russia as "profitable." Their complete statement is reprinted on the following pages, preceded by a portion of their published report entitled '. "American Churchmen Visit the Soviet Union" Excerpts of this report follow." The first of the formal conversations opened in the 100-year-old Patriarchate, Tuesday, March 10, at noon as the nine American churchmen sat down at a round-table with Metropolitan Nico- lai and interpreters. Metropolitan Nicolai, who directs the foreign affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church, chose to represent alone the Orthodox Church in the initial session lasting two hours. The conversations were continued thereafter on five different occasions at the Patriarchate- and the Monastery at Zagorsk. All of the discussion items suggested in advance by the National Council's deputation hael been accepted by the Russian churchmen. It was agreed that Metropolitan Nicolai would chair the first meeting, *••■* thereafter the chairmanship alternate between the two delegations. [A complete list of religious leaders parti''1' pating in conversations was include in the original report, but have be'" deleted here to conserve space.] At the outset of the conversation Dr. Blake made a general introductory statement on behalf of the Nation11 Council's deputation. In the course " his remarks Dr. Blake referred to t"' action of the General Board in n' structing its deputation "to extend o11' greetings in Christ to the leaders " the churches in the USSR and » assure them of our prayers that tj> God of righteousness will lead people of the United States and »-* Soxiet Union into the- paths of peace- Dr. Blake stressed the church-tO' church character oi the- deputation mission. "Our mission to you lS church mission," he said. "It is ut'1 ' subsidiary supplement to nation* diplomacy. We come without any ' structieins from our government. • We are here as churchmen xxith ■ dedicated loyalty to the risen Cbfi1' "The complete report em tin- niii''--11' deputation tn Russia can he obtained u'1 the' Office eil Publication and DisUi!'"1"'',' National Council eif Churches, 297 Fo»' ill' Axe-.. New Yurk 10, N. Y. Sinerlc- copy Cents. Facts Foiuxi \i:ws, December, 6ft) 1950
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