Former Ukrainian rocker and now an ordained priest brings young people to
church by setting up village rock groups
Moscow, July 3, Interfax - Rev. Georgy Streltsov, a young rector of the
church in the village of Ocheretino, Donetsk region, successfully
implements a missionary method of combining church sermon and rock music.
Trud newspaper reports Monday that before entering the Kievan theological
seminary he was a drummer of an Ukrainian Side Effect pank group.
Having been ordained and assigned to the parish in a small village, the
young priest did not abandon his hobby, but regarded it as an opportunity
to make contacts with the local youth.
'They drink and smoke not because they are hopeless, but because nobody has
planted good seeds for them,' Rev. Georgy explains his attitude to the
problems of the youth to those who are skeptical about his intention to
bring young people to the religious faith.
Young priest's main initiative as a missionary was his proposal to the
local youth to set up a rock group. The village teenagers accepted the
proposal with enthusiasm.
The newspaper writes that 'young alcoholics began reading the Bible and,
encouraged by their teacher, attending church services. The repertoire of
their rock group is changing from couldn't care less and nihilist songs to
philosophical and religious ones.