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Former rocker brings young people to church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=1656 Former Ukrainian rocker and now an ordained priest brings young people to church by setting up village rock
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 2006
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      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.
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