Christianity and Ministry
Library of Congress: European Reading Room
The following list was originally compiled by Sharyl Corrado and Mark Elliott and presented in "Websites Well Worth the Time," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 6 (Spring 1998), 3-6. (Updated April 2011 by GMI)
Association for Spiritual Renewal: Includes research on religion in various regions of the former Soviet Union, an on-line bookstore with over 500 titles, and an on-line Russian magazine.
Center of Religious Literature and Russian Exile Literature (Russian version): Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant materials, literature on other world religions and new religious movements, and a monthly bulletin,
Hungarian Bible Links: (Hungarian) Hit Gyülekezete (The Church of Faith), the largest charismatic denomination in Hungary, provides links to several editions of the Bible in Hungarian, including a new 1997 translation published by Szent Pál Akadémia (Saint Paul Academy), concordances for both the original and the new translations, and audio recordings of several books of the Bible.
Hyper-Bible: Text in Russian, 1251 Windows, instructions in English
This hypertexted Russian Bible is based on the Synodal translation, with more than 100 archaic words replaced with contemporary Russian, providing a more readable text without losing the literary style. Hypertexted appendices include the Nicene Creed, a harmony of the four Gospels, links to the miracles and parables of Jesus Christ, and a daily Bible-reading plan. This Bible can be downloaded and used off-line. NavSearch, a browser add-on with a search engine can be downloaded separately (instructions included) to provide a concordance.
IRR/TV Russian Bible: In Russian, KOI-8 International Russian Radio/TV offers the Synodal translation of the Bible.
Magyarországi Evangélikus Egyház: In Hungarian and English Includes a directory of churches and church institutions, an electronic library (containing, among other publications, its weekly newsletter), and links to various related pages.
Magyar Református Egyházak Tanácskozó Zsinata: Hungarian with links to Hungarian and English Constitution, mission statement, prayer needs, upcoming events, and liturgies of the Hungarian Reformed Church, as well as a large number of links to related sites, including educational institutions and the church’s press service.
No Frontiers: Christian Literature to the World: Stocks Bibles, New Testaments, children’s books, and other Christian literature in over 100 languages, including the major languages of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. An on-line catalog facilitates purchase orders.
The Orthodox Christian Page: Provides links to Orthodox literature and catechism (including an article by Fr. Michael Azkoul entitled "Differences Between the Orthodox Church and Roman Catholicism"), icons, liturgies, prayers, and other resources.
Orthodox WorldLinks: Provides access to over 100 Web sites related to Eastern Orthodoxy.
Religion in Russia (Paul Steeves): English with links to Russian texts Translations of Russian religious news reported in Russian newspapers (Argumenty i fakty, Ekspress khronika, Ogonek, Russkaya mysl’, Pravoslavnyi Sankt Peterburg, Keston News Service, Moscow News, and St. Petersburg Times). Well-indexed, Religion in Russia is by far the best web site for current information on religion in Russia.
Russian Orthodox Church Home Page: English and Russian Includes major pronouncements of the patriarch and the Holy Synod, as well as extensive statistical and historical data and current events. With a link to A Directory of Orthodox Internet Resources.
Taizé: English, Polish, Hungarian, and other languages In addition to a gift of one million New Testaments to the USSR in 1988, Taizé has maintained long-standing quiet ties to Eastern Europe. Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants alike regularly visit Taizé in France.
Amnesty International: Amnesty International seeks to protect human rights without reference to state ideology or the beliefs of victims. It collects and analyzes information from a wide variety of sources, including hundreds of newspapers and journals, government bulletins, transcripts of radio broadcasts, and reports from lawyers and humanitarian organizations. Its on-line library contains thousands of documents and reports regarding human rights violations around the world, including most countries of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.
Bucknell University Russian materials: In English with links to Russian and English Provides links to a variety of materials pertaining to Russia, including such diverse subjects as environmental issues, embassies, cooking, Russian language study, feminism, folklore, and philosophy.
Dazhdbog’s Grandchildren: In English with Russian and English links Created by a graduate student in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dazhdbog’s Grandchildren contains various links to Russian news, literature, music, and other topics of interest. As well as serious news, this site is useful for material on Russian popular culture, including music, humor, and links to Russian cities.
Electronic Newspapers, Magazines, and Mailing Lists: In English with English and Russian links Provides links to various Russian on-line news services, including National News Service (with a photo archive containing portraits of policy makers), Argumenty i fakty, Literaturnaya gazeta, Ogonek, Russkaya mysl’, Nezavisimaya gazeta, and Russia Today.
Friends and Partners: In English and Russian Jointly developed by citizens of the U.S. and Russia to better promote mutual understanding, this web site serves to create and link together information on history, art, music, literature, and religion; educational, scientific, and natural resources; and opportunities for non-Russians and Russians to communicate, travel, and work together.
Okno Consulting Home Page: In English with links to multiple languages Okno Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI, advises Western businesses working in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Of special interest is an annotated list of links to other relevant web sites, including home pages and statistical data for the countries of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: In English, with live audio broadcasts in Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Croatian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Serbian, Tajik, Tatar-Bashkir, Turkmen, and Uzbek As well as multilanguage live broadcasts, RFE/RL publishes up-to-date regional news, articles, and special reports on all regions of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Links are also provided to Caucasus and Bosnia coverage, as well as news in Russian (KOI-8).
Russian and East-European Studies Internet Resources: In English with links to sites in a variety of languages The REESWeb is a comprehensive index of electronic resources on the Balkans, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Pittsburgh. Disciplines indexed include language, government, business, media, technology, and public affairs.
Sharyl Corrado (compiler), Internet Resources, East-West Church & Ministry Report 6 (Fall 1998), 18-19. (Updated April 2011 by GMI)
Center for Apologetics Research: Formed in 1993, the primary task of the Center for Apologetics Research, St. Petersburg, Russia, is to equip Christian leaders and laity in the former Soviet Union to defend the historic Christian faith by providing training and Russian-language resource materials on cults. This informative web page provides a complete list of the Center’s Russian-language resources, as well as complete texts (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) of 16 of its 66 articles, brochures, newsletters, and books.
Hope for Europe: English Hope for Europe, a pan-European, German-based evangelical initiative providing a multitude of resources on European missions and evangelism. Includes articles, press releases, contact information and links for mission-sending organizations, and a variety of other information, such as profiles of people groups in the Caucasus and a bibliography on postmodernism.
Keston Institute: English An Oxford-based research and information center dealing with religion in communist and postcommunist countries.
MIRT Christian Publishing: Russian 1251 and English This Russian Christian publishing house in St. Petersburg has published 31 books to date, with plans for 22 more. The site includes bibliographical information and descriptions of the books published, as well as pictures of the covers.
Roman Catholic Church in Poland: English, with links to Polish Contains links to homepages of 20 of the 42 Catholic dioceses of Poland, biographies of Polish saints, Catholic education, Catholic mass media, and church government, as well as articles on Polish church history, architecture, and traditions.
Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia: English Provides a concise history of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia; a worldwide directory of parishes and related institutions; a directory of clergy worldwide, including names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses; synod news; and links to ROCOR-related sites.
Virtuálna Krestanská Kaplnka (formerly Czech and Slovak Christian Page): Slovak Maintains an updated list of websites providing information about the Christian faith (primarily Catholic and Lutheran) and culture in Slovakia. Included are large numbers of links, as well as information about churches, organizations, upcoming events, literature, and culture.