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Dr. Christopher Wright at UETS PDF Print E-mail

On October 6-7, 2017, the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary was honored to have Anglican clergyman and Old Testament scholar Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright as a guest lecturer. He is the author of such books as Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, and Let the Gospels Preach the Gospel. Dr. Wright spoke at length on several topics related to the mission of God in social crises. Here are some impressions shared by attendees:

Ivan Rusyn, rector of Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary: “Dr. Christopher Wright came at the invitation of UETS because our mission is Strengthening the Church, Transforming Society. Without a holistic understanding of mission in evangelical churches, the mission of God cannot be realized. While teaching the theology of mission, Dr. Wright referred to mission as the very nature of the Church.

We wanted all Christian denominations to benefit from Dr. Wright’s visit to Ukraine. For this reason, he delivered lectures at Kyiv Theological Academy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, National Pedagogical Drahomanov University, The Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas, Odessa Theological Seminary, and, of course, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary. In addition, Dr. Wright met with leaders of different denominations at the Ukrainian Bible Society.”

Andriy Hnidets, a student at the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary: “The seminar of Dr. Christopher Wright was very relevant for me. As a matter of fact, mission in Ukraine is often considered to be the same as evangelism. In other words, we lack a comprehensive view of mission, which should include evangelism, serving society, and care of God’s creation.”

Tibor Nejmeti, a pastor of the Church of the Living God (Mukachevo, Western Ukraine): “The visit of Dr. Christopher Wright was like a dream come true. It never occurred to me that I would be able to audit lectures of this renowned theologian. His book Old Testament Ethics for the People of God is a masterpiece study of the Old Testament. I enjoyed reading it so much. I think that it was a good idea to invite authors of such great books.”

Brother Ivan, a student of Kyiv Three Saints Ecclesiastical Seminary of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church: “I liked the idea [Dr. Wright shared] about the influx of Muslims into Europe. Many consider them to be a threat to European civilization. Dr. Wright, however, says this is an opportunity to reach out to them with a message about Christ. Something similar is going on today in Ukraine. Amid human suffering, death and loss, Christians have a unique chance to go beyond their church doors to minister.”

UETS Joins in an Unprecedented Celebration PDF Print E-mail

On September 17, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Kyiv to celebrate the first united Thanksgiving Day for all Protestants in the history of Ukraine. Endorsed by the government, this great festival was held as part of the year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and united representatives from all the Protestant denominations in Ukraine.

In the morning there was time for worship and prayer. During the day, many different events and activities were held. There were many festivities for families, like sports competitions, games, and contests. There were places where people could receive Christian literature and be prayed for.  An interactive concert was held on a center stage. A symphony orchestra and choir continued the glorification of God in an evening program.

The celebration was topped off by a performance by world-renowned Christian speaker Nick Vujicic. Many Ukrainians with disabilities, including veterans of the war in Donbass, were invited to the event. The day ended with a joint prayer by Nick Vujicic and leaders of Ukrainian Protestant churches from the center stage.

Faculty, staff and students of the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary were also involved in the main activities. UETS staff and faculty provided information about Christian education and the school’s programs in one of the tents. Yanina Mospanenko and Khrystyna Pavlova from the PR and Communication Department contributed to the organization of the event. Myroslava Smetanuik and Anna Ponochevna sang in a Christian Gospel band on the main stage.

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