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The Mantle

Day #2 of the seminar was focused on sharing spiritual formation and supporting Christian families. One memorable highlight was when members of the team took their mantles, which they received when commissioned a few days earlier and used them to encircle all attendees and entered into prayer. It was a powerful moment both symbolically and in the moment as Christians from worlds apart became one.

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During the afternoon the focus was singles, marriage, sex education for children and divorce support. Not exactly timid subjects but it was obvious that these are areas of ministries where sharing information on these subjects were well received.

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Mission Mosaic

 

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Seminar Day 1

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.

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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Mission Mosaic

 

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Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses

Three yellow roses bundled and wrapped in ribbon where presented to each of us as we entered the Samara airport. We had been traveling a little over 18 hours since boarding the first of three flights in Cincinnati. Warm welcomes of hugs were given to us and it did not matter if we were old friends or first time visitors. We are treated as family…sisters and brothers in Christ. It is a warm and welcoming beginning to our time in the Volga River District.

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Mission Mosaic

 

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