In an informal setting, the participants reviewed Evangelical public events held in 2019: Celebrations of two anniversaries: the 150th anniversary of Ivan Prokhanov (the 1st Evangelical reformer in Russia) and the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian evangelical community.
Mr. Orekhov, director of the International Institute for the Study of the Evangelical Movement of the CIS, shared about these events that had taken place and future promising plans in developing a scientific/church dialogue in Russia and Europe in the coming years.
Head of the Center for the Study of Religious and Social Problems of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. Lunkin, Doctor of Political Science, Ph.D., noted that today, the public interest has grown in updating the scientific and academic community about the Russian Evangelical community and, especially, about its historically traditional representatives – the Evangelical Baptists.
“This will allow us to abandon the negative religious clichés that have been sold to us by the secular-socialist society, that are irrelevant in the modern era, express clearly to Russians the positive contribution of Baptist Christians toward modern society of our country, and lay the foundation for completely new relations between the evangelical church and society.” – Dr. Lunkin
Vice President of the UECB, Victor Ignatenkov suggested creating a concept for the development of church to church dialogue in Russia and Europe for the coming years, in connection with the representatives of the Russian and international scientific community, UECB Christian scientists, as well as leaders and specialists of friendly evangelical denominations.
UECB President, Peter Mitskevich expressed interest in the participation of structures designed for healthy dialogue between the scientific and church communities, with hope that God will bless it and bring potential positive developments.