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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 040. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/669.

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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
Genre
  • 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 A Statement by the Deputation Issued on Return to New York "DL Visit Wa, ProfitAtk 1 Our mission was to church leaders in Russia. We knew in advance of our going that it would not be- easy to achieve understanding, let alone agreement. But we believed that in a time of world tension, with deep cleavage between East and West, Christians of varying backgrounds and traditions should talk with one another with frankness in an endeavor to clarify differences and to seek areas of agreement. This we did. The experience was profitable. We understand the Russian churchmen better as a result of our conversations. We are also confident that our clear statements face to face enabled them to understand us better. This visit should be understood as a first step toward future correspondence and other exchanges. Thus limited in objective our missiein has been accomplisheel anel we regard it a distinct success. We were received with generous hospitality. We had formal conferences as well as countless personal conversations, since we were constantly in the presence of Russian Christians. We visited many churches and shared in the worship of the Orthodox as well as the Baptists. Lutherans from the Baltic states and Armenian Orthodox joined in the discussions. We were taken to theological seminaries and academies and to monasteries. In addition we held two conferences with the Councils of the Soviet government which deal with religious affairs. As we went for a definite church purpose, we make no comments on economic and political conditions in the Soviet Union except as they directly apply to the situation of the churches. It is apparent that Church and State have reached at least a temporary accommodation. It was stated again that Church anel State are separate. In a limited sense this is true-, by our standards. There seems to be no interference with worship in the church. Congregations were large and devout in the- relatively lew available churches with a pre- ponele-rance of eilder people and of women. Enrollment in the few theological seminaries that are open is at capacity. Seime churches have been repaired, anel a few new ones are- being built, though there are far from enough. The most severe limitation of the Church is in the area eif education; for there seems to be no religious education except in the home by parents anel by prie-sts or ministers on occasional visitations. Publication of literature is con- fineel almost entirely to boeiks use-el in worship. It is clear that the churches generally are confined within themselves. They regard their function as that of saving souls anel preparing them for Heaven. They show little other concern tor thc seicial eir intellectual life- eif their pe-eiple-. It was the prevailing assumption that science involves the- reasoDj religion the feelings. Educational, economic, anel political life is the concern of thc State. Worship, from birth to death, is the task of the Church. This sharp division eif function, in a population rapidly receiving scientific education biase-el toward atheistic assumptions, constitute-s perhaps a greater danger to the Church than does political control eif the Church itself- This generally prevailing cemcept of the mission of the Church is in our judgment inadequate. It has neit always been so narrowly conceive-el by the- churches nenv in the Soviet Union. There is obviously a fundamental difference between the concept of the missiein of the Church as we found it in the Soviet Union today and that which we with his pastor; whatever he does is with the blessing of the priest. The priest visits his spiritual children very often. If there are misunderstandings in the families, the priest does what he can to solve them. If there are children, the priest teaches them to pray. The believers are under the direct influence of the priest. Only his death or his departure from the place separates him from the believer. As regards the family, they may all be believers, but there can be families in which there are some who do not believe, either the father or the mother. In such cases those who believe come to see the priest. So there is no hindrance to the ministry to the family. "Religious life is also deepening in that bishops visit their parishes, talk Page 38 with the peeiple and thereby strengthen both the clergy and the people. This stimulates the activity of the priests. Such is the religious freedom of the priest to fulfill his mission. "The Church is divorced from the State. We live only on the contributions of believers. The more sincere the priest, the more he is loved, the better is the Church supported. The sale of candles is the- chief source of income. They also pass the- plate in the churches. "The people show their attitude toward the priests by the extent of their giving. The priest has full freedom in visiting his flock; his children are not discriminate-el against in the educational system, either in the- lower or the higher schools. Nor i.s there any discrimination in accepting people i°r work. Many Christians holel very hign places in industry anel in government service-.'' Jacob J. Zhidkov spoke for the Baptists: "We preach the- gospe-1 intensively within the* premises of the churches," he said. "It is neit eiur practice tei have services in the open air- There is nei hindrance to attendee services. We have no organization °* youth because we find nothing in Holy Scriptures that te-lls us to have such organizations, anel we adhere strictly tei the- Bible. . . . Young people work in the- factories, and in addition, they an- active in developing their intellectual life. We consider it improper to take- their time- for additional studies. Archbishop Kiivit of Estonia ex- Facts Forum News, December, 1956 I FA(T.
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