Though hosted by an English-speaking congregation, the forum was attended by Christians representing a number of Slavic evangelical churches in the area. They sought answers to issues common for immigrant communities in America that for a long time have been neglected within Slavic immigrant community.
In my presentation, I addressed most important issues that immigrants are facing in their adaptation to life in America: cultural and language barriers, American-style worship versus Russian style of worship service, etc. One of the pressing issues within post-Soviet immigrant community is the rift in relationship between older and younger generations (Fathers and Sons) and the future of Russian-language worship services in congregations in America. During the discussion, I pointed out the need for a dialogue between generations and urgency to pay attention to needs of young people.
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