July 15 – Today was the beginning of a three day Vision and Mission Seminar coordinated by Carol Harper of the WOC mission team and leadership of the Volga District and Samara UMC. Pastors and lay leaders from the churches across the Volga District of the UMC in Russia.
Carol Harper introduced the concept of kitchen table theology during which members of the WOC VIM team paired with Russian attendees in groups that shared their thoughts and reactions to Acts 2, 1-21. As we progressed it was obvious that while we have different histories, language and cultures we shared common reflection and reaction to this brief study.
DS Natalia Prokhorova of the Volga District shared the process of building a vision of what a church in today’s Russia can be using the example of how Samara UMC. That vision includes being a “Church of Full Families” taking into account what a family is in modern day society.