Sacramento, September 10-12 2020
Integration into a new culture: expectations and reality
Over the past few decades, the Slavic world has faced a new cultural challenge: the mass migration of its people. According to official data of the Lithuanian Statistics Department, 750,000 people have left the Baltic republic in the last quarter of a century. That's more than a fifth of the population. According to the annual report of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in the World for 2019, almost 5 million Ukrainians currently live outside of Ukraine. According to The Bell, Russia ranks third in the world in terms of the number of migrants abroad (according to 2017). 10.6 million Russians have left the country, which is 7% of the Russian population and 4% of the total number of emigrants on a global scale. Populations of other post-Soviet countries are also moving en masse to Europe, America, Canada and other parts of the world. This has affected the church as well. Entire Christian communities have left their lands, moved abroad; and in their new countries, have formed the exact same model of church that they were accustomed to. Oftentimes these communities would even nickname their churches by their original place of origin - Vinnitsky, Roven, Moscow, etc.
Emigrating people have carried with them their best traditions, culture, and history. Once in their new land and surrounded by a different culture, these communities have felt more and more the need to integrate into their new environment as the years have passed by. Somewhere inside, everyone has come to understand that this is an irreversible process. Yet questions abound: Is there a way to simplify this complex process? Is there a way to minimize mistakes? Is there a result possible that would suit everyone? So on and so forth. Watching hundreds of churches and thousands of our co-immigrants try to solve these issues on their own, we agreed to dedicate this upcoming pastoral summit of 2020 to this important topic.
the summit starts in
8:00аm - 9:00am
9:00am – 10:15am
Immigration: a historical narrative.
10:15am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:45pm
Nationalities: a conflict of cultures.
1:30pm – 2:45pm
Beliefs, traditions, and legends.
2:45pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Experiments: sharing experiences.
4:15pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 7:00pm
7:00pm – 9:00pm