Ryazan Delegation Reports In

ga-ryazanAn article about the Podolsk forum was posted on the website of the Ryazan diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and mirrored on other websites in Ryazan.

Ryazan is a city and oblast or province southeast of Moscow City and Oblast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryazan

A translation kindly done for us follows. The “legendary” characterization caused Caroline slight concern, but we ended up laughing out loud.

It’s funny, when he was just coming up with Scientology, Hubbard actually, and famously, postulated his legendaryness: “I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form.”

I wouldn’t want all that much to be legendary for my violence. But then I’ve never considered the idea of smashing my name into history, let alone entertained high hopes of it.

In my mind, I’m not legendary at all. I can see, however, where someone might get that idea, because they’re even saying I’m legendary in Ryazan, Russia. And apparently no one is disagreeing with them. Pavlov himself was born there.

Thanks Ryazaners.

Youth Against Cults

September 17, 2013

The International Youth Forum on the Problem of Destructive Cults was held from September 13 to 15 in the city of Podolsk. The forum was organized by the Saint Irenaeus of Lyon Centre for Religious Studies and the Podolsk deanery of the Moscow diocese, with the support of the administration of the city of Podolsk.

For three days, more than 150 dynamic young people who are not indifferent to the problem of destructive sects and cults and who came from various cities participated in master classes and seminars on human rights, psychological, and informational issues. Among the session leaders were Alexander Dvorkin (from Moscow), President of the Center for Religious Studies, Chairman of the Justice Ministry’s Expert Council for State Religious Expertise, Vice-President of the European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Cults (FECRIS), Professor at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Doctor of Philosophy, Candidate of Theology; the legendary Gerald Armstrong (from Canada), former personal archivist to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and now a tireless fighter against the cult; psychologists, religious scholars, legal experts, and journalists specializing in the study of and the fight against destructive organizations of a cultic nature.

The forum also provided an excellent opportunity to meet people, to share experiences, and to ask experts vital questions. Only by joining forces can one of the most difficult problems of our time be countered. It is fortunate that young people are uniting and are not casting aside this issue, because the future of the country is in their hands.

A delegation from Ryazan also participated actively at the forum.