Russia: Russian Evangelical Alliance launches chaplaincy program for military personnel

An agreement was signed in January between Vitaly Vlassenko, secretary general of the Russian Evangelical Alliance (REA) and the Theological Seminary of Evangelical Christians in Moscow to start a program that will train military chaplains.

For the first time, the Russian army plans to employ evangelical chaplains to accompany the military. Evangelical Focus reports that it was in the fall of 2021 that the Russian Defense Ministry officially invited the Russian Evangelical Alliance (REA) to provide evangelical chaplains for the military.

A process which takes time but which seems to be underway since in January, the secretary general of the REA, Vitaly Vlassenko, signed an agreement with the Theological Seminary of Evangelical Christians in Moscow to start a training program for chaplains.

A project that will be funded by the Network for Peace and Reconciliation of the World Evangelical Alliance (PRN WEA).

This initiative was greeted on Twitter by the historian specializing in the study of evangelical Protestantism, Sebastien Fath, he believes that this shows that "evangelical Protestantism in Russia is gaining weight and recognition."

Camille Westphal Perrier

source: Evangelical Focus

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