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Christa Brown

Christa Brown is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Christa Brown

NEWS FEATURE: Franz Wright’s Poem `Cloudless Snowfall’

By Christa Brown — June 11, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) CLOUDLESS SNOWFALL Great big flakes like white ashes at nightfall descending abruptly everywhere and vanishing in this hand like the host on somebody’s put-out tongue, she turns the crucifix over to me, still warm from her touch two years later and thank you, I say all alone _ Vast […]

NEWS FEATURE: Chechen Refugees Fear Iraq War Is Making Them Forgotten People

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service KARABULAK, Russia _ Aset Mutsuyeva lives in a barn. She counts herself lucky. Some of the dozens of other Chechen refugees housed in a former farm here live with actual cows, whose smell becomes overpowering when temperatures soar over 100 degrees. Still, at 63 years old, with shrapnel in her […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian Missionaries in Muslim Nations in Tenuous Spot

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service KHUJAND, Tajikistan _ In an unmarked church behind a public bathhouse in the center of this ancient Muslim city, a Pentecostal pastor is preaching on a subject that few Christians in Central Asia would touch with a 10-foot pole: the shortcomings of Islam as a faith. As Pastor Artur Musalyan […]

NEWS STORY: American Seminarian Convicted in Russian Currency Smuggling Case

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ In a case being watched closely by evangelical Protestants worldwide, a judge convicted Friday (Aug. 22) an American Baptist youth pastor of currency smuggling, in the process confiscating $48,000 in charitable donations collected from believers in the United States. The part-time pastor, Andrew Okhotin, was given a suspended […]

NEWS STORY: Trial Records Offer Glimpse at Monitoring of Religion in Russia

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ In a secret court case that offers a hint into the mechanics of last year’s expulsion of at least two dozen foreign religious workers from Russia, an American member of the Unification Church has lost a legal battle to return to Russia where he worked for seven years. […]

NEWS STORY: Church Delegation Visits Russia in Effort to Thwart War in Iraq

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ In the final leg of their effort to thwart war in Iraq, the two leaders of the largest ecumenical groups in the United States and Europe met Wednesday (March 5) with a top cleric from the 80-million member Russian Orthodox Church. “We are here to communicate that in […]

NEWS STORY: Religious Freedom Monitory Group Closes Over Policy Dispute

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ The Keston News Service, a religious freedom watchdog known for its loud bark and incisive bite, is no longer operating, leaving a large part of the former Communist world unmonitored. “They were the ones reporting on the frontlines,” said John Burns, a Canadian religious freedom lawyer, who recalled […]

NEWS STORY: Among Russia’s Religious, Indifference to War in Iraq

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ While tens of thousands of Christians to the west and Muslims to the south are taking to the streets against a war in Iraq, believers of both faiths in the former Soviet Union are largely silent on the issue, mostly out of indifference or fear. “They don’t speak […]

NEWS FEATURE: Efforts to Evangelize Russian Military Face Tough Times

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2003
c. 2003 Religion News Service MOZDOK, Russia _ In this garrison town located just 10 miles from the border with Chechnya, Pastor Vsevolod Don once walked the streets poking his head in basement windows looking for frightened, hiding deserters from the ragtag Russian army. The Presbyterian minister, a front-line member of the evangelical Russian Christian […]

NEWS FEATURE: Last Russian Czar, Family, on Way to Orthodox Sainthood

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service YEKATERINBURG, Russia _ On a July night 82 years ago in a private home here, a Bolshevik squad escorted Russia’s last czar, his wife and five children into the cellar and shot them to death. The site of the house, now razed, is known locally as “Russia’s Golgotha.” By most […]

NEWS FEATURE: Last Russian Czar, Family, on Way to Orthodox Sainthood

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service YEKATERINBURG, Russia _ On a July night 82 years ago in a private home here, a Bolshevik squad escorted Russia’s last czar, his wife and five children into the cellar and shot them to death. The site of the house, now razed, is known locally as “Russia’s Golgotha.” By most […]

NEWS FEATURE: Kosovo’s Minute Jewish Community Roiled Over Who Speakes For It

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRISTINA, Yugoslavia _ There are two men here who claim to be working to save Kosovo’s miniscule Jewish community. They don’t get along. “He does more harm than good,” says Eli Eliezri about Myrteza Studenica. “He is not even Jewish. He is a Muslim.” Eliezri, 65, an Israeli, is the […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Church, Finding Freedom, Growing in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRIZREN, Yugoslavia _ Throughout Kosovo, there are two major kinds of churches, Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox. It is easy to tell the difference. The Serbian Orthodox churches are notable for the NATO tanks parked outside, for the rows of coiled razor wire, for the sandbagged guardposts and for the […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Church, Finding Freedom, Growing in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRIZREN, Yugoslavia _ Throughout Kosovo, there are two major kinds of churches, Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox. It is easy to tell the difference. The Serbian Orthodox churches are notable for the NATO tanks parked outside, for the rows of coiled razor wire, for the sandbagged guardposts and for the […]

NEWS STORY: Muslims Rebuilding Mosques, Building Faith in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRISTINA, Yugoslavia _ Kosovo’s Muslim leaders here are tackling the enormous task of repairing nearly half the region’s mosques and educating an Islamic public largely ignorant of its faith. If the leaders of Kosovo’s overwhelmingly dominant faith succeed, they may well create what one religion expert here believes will be […]
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