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Cortright_Eurasia_Nov2020

Heading Home We’re heading back to the US for a bit. Please read the update about this in the newsletter.  Our letter this month also introduces our great new colleague at the Riga Luther Academy and updates a bit about the progress–despite COVID–that we’ve made in our teaching efforts.  Thanks to all our supporters. Your help and especially your prayers…

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    Thanks! Our open rate was better last month. We appreciate it and we are glad you have opened up this month’s letter. The launch of the Introduction to Theology course has gone well; as I write this we will have our 5th 3-hour class this coming Monday (19 October). It is really quite amazing just from the standpoint…

Cortright_Eurasia_Sept2020.pdf

    OK, so Mailchimp told us to use something attention grabbing in our address line! It’s true; however, we usually see about a 48% open rate of our monthly letter. Thanks for opening us up this far and helping our self-esteem : ).   The Lord be with you!   In our letter this month I write about a visit…

Cortright_Eurasia_Aug2020

We’ve been in Wittenberg…     Wittenberg’s Marktplatz and the Town Church where Luther preached     We were in Germany filling in at the Old Latin School in Lutherstadt Wittenberg for about two weeks in the shadow of the Town Church where Luther preached during the Reformation; read about our time there and about our visit with Deaconess Kim Bueltmann…

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Graduation, castles, storks and a birthday     Sunset on the shores of the Baltic Sea (around 10:30 pm).     With the end of the semester, preparation for a new one begins. I will be teaching an introduction to dogmatics course next fall as the Luther Academy begins implementing its revised curriculum. My colleague, Dr. John Bombaro, is working…

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Our (almost) mid-Summer’s letter from Riga     Mežaparks Lutheran Church in Rīga       In communist times this little church helped keep the Lutheran Church supplied with pastors during a time when pastoral training in Latvia was impossible otherwise. Read the story about this little church in our letter.   We are watching the events in our own…

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Keeping busy in Riga, Latvia     One of the slides from my I Corinthians course (1 Cor 13:12).        "Well, it’s Groundhog day…again." Life has taken on a sameness under the restrictions we’ve been under (like you, I’m sure!). Still, the month gone by has been busy with work on classes, conferences by Skype or Zoom and…

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God’s hand is o’er us     The "altar" in our house church on Maundy Thursday.       St. Paul wrote his Letter to the Romans to the "house churches" in the city. These were small congregations of Christians who met in homes rather than as a single large group. COVID-19 has closed all the churches in Rīga (as…

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Cortrights back in Latvia Mar2020_COVID19 update

Back in Rīga and OK, Dear friends and supporters, I apologize for invading your email in-box twice in a week! But I have heard from a number of folks who were concerned that our recent newsletter of last week reported I was in Russia to teach a brief course at the Koltushi seminary and that they had heard that the Latvian…

Cortright_Eurasia_Mar2020

Dispatch from Rīga     Our home in Rīga       We moved into our home at 3 Anglikānu iela in Rīga, Latvia a little over a month ago, but right now I’m back in Russia! As a theological educator for our mission region my work takes me here and there–wherever we are invited to help strengthen Lutheran pastors…

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I never imagined I’d be standing here!     St. Basil’s Basilica in "Red Square," Moscow       Late in January I made a trip to Moscow to meet with a group of potential students for the Ingrian Lutheran Institute of Theology. It was a great class and a very interesting experience. They were excited to hear the lectures…

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Sorry we’re late, but look at what’s been happening!       5th century mosaic from Ravenna, Italy, where we were at Christmas.       Dear friends in Christ around the world, Blessings on your January! Since you last heard from us, my chaplaincy work has taken us to Italy where we celebrated the Savior’s birth with fellow mission…

Cortright_Eurasia_Dec2019

Christmas greetings to you from St. Petersburg       May the Lord bless your celebration of the Savior’s birth and give you a happy and healthy New Year in His grace.     Пожалуйста   Dear friends in Christ around the world, We are ending our service here in St. Petersburg and moving "next door" to Riga in Latvia….

Cortright_Eurasia_Nov2019

  Happy Thanksgiving!       Пожалуйста  It was a busy month: election of a new bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR); classes on the prophets and on the Wisdom & Poetry Literature of the Old Testament; and the news that we will be headed for Riga, Latvia after the first of the year. The Ev. Lutheran…

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  It’s a bit later than usual, but please open my newsletter!     Пожалуйста, open our October letter.   The days are getting palpably shorter here in St. Petersburg! But there is lots going on that we are hoping to share with you about what we have been doing over the last month.  We spent a week in Odessa…

Cortright – Eurasia – October 2019

        It’s a bit later than usual, but please open my newsletter!       Пожалуйста, open our October letter. The days are getting palpably shorter here in St. Petersburg! But there is lots going on that we are hoping to share with you about what we have been doing over the last month. We spent a…

Chuck and Connie Cortright – Russia March 2019 Update

  Our March letter to our friends and supporters.  ?   Lententide blessings to you! Here’s our letter! Click below to open… …our March letter to you. You’ll find an update on our home service itinerary. We hope to meet many of our friends and supporters at one of the locations listed (more to be added). Also, please read about our…