in General

Novosibirsk IV


The second day of the class is complete. As with yesterday, the interaction of theological ethics and the American and Russian students is fascinating. Our professor asked the class if there were discussions after the collapse of the USSR in regards to abortion. They said the Soviets legalized abortion in the 1950’s in reaction to the number of occurring underground. When the USSR fell, the persisted with the status quo. Its not off the radar map but there has not been a Christian ethic for over half a century nor the opportunity for change. One of the deaconesses helps operate a crisis pregnancy center but discussions are definitely not widespread. Contrast this to America where it is on the front burner in political bantering.


Much of the discussions of “post-modernism” had little interaction from the Russian students. While some of the more popular post-modern works have been translated into Russian, they are only now moving into modernism in my opinion. The concept of post-modernity was difficult for them to grasp. (Its difficult for us too since the number of definitions exceed the number of definers.)


Anne got a good nights sleep but I’m still wrestling with the schedule. Its cold and rainy which doesn’t help my sinuses either. Maybe I’ll just have a late evening and be cranky tomorrow. We did have a nice dinner with a 100 ruble red wine, macaroni, sauce, frozen veggies, and bread. Very simple but very nice. We’re having the single guys over tomorrow for stir-fry.

I haven’t learned more Russian yet. I’m picking up the alphabet and the pronunciation. The challenge is the Cyrillic alphabet and the varied vowel pronunciation depending on position in the word. We’ll keep at it.


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  1. We are enjoying your comments on your trip. Just keep us posted until you return. Ines took her first radiation treatment today. It will be everyday, 5 days a week, for 5 1/2 weeks and then a different treatment once a week for 3 weeks. We put Elsies birthday card in the mail. I bet annes sister will be glad to see you return with 8 livewires.