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Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« on: May 25, 2012, 07:52:07 PM »
Want to be a godparent to an Orthodox child in Uzbekistan? Better study up. New tests imparted by the Orthodox Church in that country will see to it that prospective godparents attend religious lectures and pass exams.

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According to Olga, would-be godparents will now have to attend Sunday catechetical lectures which will explain the essence of Christianity and the main point and meaning of baptism.

After attending a total of 12 catechetical lectures, would-be godparents and those who want to be baptised, if they are already 15, will have to pass exams.
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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 08:00:19 PM »
Sounds good.
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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 08:47:01 PM »
Want to be a godparent to an Orthodox child in Uzbekistan? Better study up. New tests imparted by the Orthodox Church in that country will see to it that prospective godparents attend religious lectures and pass exams.

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According to Olga, would-be godparents will now have to attend Sunday catechetical lectures which will explain the essence of Christianity and the main point and meaning of baptism.

After attending a total of 12 catechetical lectures, would-be godparents and those who want to be baptised, if they are already 15, will have to pass exams.

i love the catechesis aspect, but the exam thing may be overboard...lol

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012, 02:16:48 AM »
You can cheat in there....

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2012, 02:21:35 AM »
Want to be a godparent to an Orthodox child in Uzbekistan? Better study up. New tests imparted by the Orthodox Church in that country will see to it that prospective godparents attend religious lectures and pass exams.

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According to Olga, would-be godparents will now have to attend Sunday catechetical lectures which will explain the essence of Christianity and the main point and meaning of baptism.

After attending a total of 12 catechetical lectures, would-be godparents and those who want to be baptised, if they are already 15, will have to pass exams.

i love the catechesis aspect, but the exam thing may be overboard...lol

Some people have exam anxiety. I think a good talk with a priest would suffice.
But having the exam might motivate people to study.
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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2012, 02:23:52 AM »
There is no "Uzbek Orthodox Church". There is the Metropoly of Central Asia (within the ROC), which includes the Uzbekistanian eparchy.

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2012, 10:25:03 AM »
This is a good idea especially since so many people do NOT know what it means to be a godparent to a child or a newly illumined convert. some see it as strictly an honorary position and many (from my experience only) do not often come to church and do not know the faith, which is particularly disturbing as godparents have a direct responsibility for bringing up the children in the faith.
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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2012, 10:30:57 AM »
There is no "Uzbek Orthodox Church". There is the Metropoly of Central Asia (within the ROC), which includes the Uzbekistanian eparchy.

This is an example of common English usage (particularly in news reports, due to brevity required in headlines) that you may not be aware of, Vladik. It is not suggesting that there is an autocephalous Uzbek Orthodox Church, but describing what is going on at/in the Orthodox church at a given geographical location. A similar story reported from any other location might be worded similarly: "Monaco Orthodox Church", "San Francisco Orthodox Church", etc., without implying that these are autonomous entities in the way you're reading it.

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2012, 10:33:54 AM »
Excellent idea. I think the Church should insist that parents and godparents should be required to go through the same kind of catechism as an adult convert if they're not already well versed in the faith and regularly attend services.

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2012, 11:25:38 AM »
There is no "Uzbek Orthodox Church". There is the Metropoly of Central Asia (within the ROC), which includes the Uzbekistanian eparchy.
No Orthodox Uzbeks? That's a shame.  We shall have to work on that.

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Re: Uzbek Orthodox Church institutes tests for godparents
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2012, 12:02:33 PM »
This is an example of common English usage (particularly in news reports, due to brevity required in headlines) that you may not be aware of, Vladik. It is not suggesting that there is an autocephalous Uzbek Orthodox Church, but describing what is going on at/in the Orthodox church at a given geographical location. A similar story reported from any other location might be worded similarly: "Monaco Orthodox Church", "San Francisco Orthodox Church", etc., without implying that these are autonomous entities in the way you're reading it.

Thanks, but I just wanted to clear the Central Asian jurisdictional peculiarity.

No Orthodox Uzbeks? That's a shame.  We shall have to work on that.

There is a few Orthodox Uzbeks. Some priests and nuns speak Asian languages, and - I believe - there are some Asian priests either.
The half of Tashkent's population (Uzbekistanian capital) is still European, they make the majority of laity there.

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That's a shame.

The same has said Fr Maximus Urbanovicz, when we were talking about local Church's activities, a couple of years ago  :D
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