Presidents Putin and Poroshenko “discussed” Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history – in their respective absences – when two historical  dates was commemorated: one thousand years since Prince Vladimir’s death in 1015,  and the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization 987/88.

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Monument over Prince Vladimir

Thus it has recently (15/7) passed a thousand years since the Great Prince of Kievan Rus, Vladimir (or Volodymyr) , died. Both Russia’s and Ukraine’s leaders have spoken about it. Vladimir I was the grand grandson of the Viking chieftain Rurik, according to the old Nestor’s chronicle.

Lenta.ru: “Vladimir Putin spoke about the sources of the unique Russian civilization, and Petro Poroshenko spoke about the monarch’s European choice.

On Tuesday,  the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization, President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, in public appearances, went apart in their dealing with Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history.

Grand Prince Vladimir’s choice was  perceptive, and ultimately responsible, and served as a starting point to establish Russia as a unique country within the bounds of civilization … Rus was thus strengthened, and it was growing in power and authority in the eyes of near as well as distant neighbors’, and held talks on equal terms with countries in both East and West … These spiritual roots still today nourish the Slav brother nations of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus‘, said Putin during a solemn reception in the Kremlin on the occasion of  one thousand years since Grand Prince Vladimir’s death. At the end of his appearance  Putin also greeted his guests with the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization.

Vladimir – over a thousand years ago – made not only a religious, but a civilized and truly European choice … Bulgaria and Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Serbia have an independent, autocephalous church. In what way does  Ukraine differ from them? Why must we be an exception to the rule? ‘- wrote Petro Poroshenko on his Facebook page, where he greeted his followers  with the ‘day of Ukraine-Rus’s baptism!’.

In the Ukrainian historical science, the terms ‘Rus-Ukraine’ and ‘Ukraine-Rus’ are accepted as much as the term ‘Kyiv-Rus’ is to the Russian historians  “.

 

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Skovoroda, Hryhorii (Gregory)  1722 12 03  – 1794 09 11

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..studied quite a long time in Kiev, between 1734 – 53 – first music and finally theology..  After his dismissal from the college he abandoned any hope of securing a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine, particularly Slobodska Ukraine. Material support from friends enabled him to devote himself to reflection and writing. Most of his works were dedicated to his friends and circulated among them in manuscript copies..

Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

 

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(Picture below:)  Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.

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According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.

In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.

When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament –  an altogether strange change for the worse.

 

What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?

– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.

Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)

HSLDA International  (where bad news from Sweden are not rarely heard)

Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)

Samhället förföljer hemundervisande familjer (in swedish Nov. 2014))