Sign Up  |  Login

The School of Russian and Asian Studies to Change Names, Launch Fully Updated Website

Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

SRAS Announces Special Moscow-St.Petersburg Summer RSL Program for 2018

Summer Study Abroad: Important Updates

The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

Join SRAS at NAFSA and Forum

SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

Travel Alert for Russian Cities: May 25 - July 25, 2018

Scholarships Available!

Stetson University and SRAS Announce New Partnership

Call for Papers: Vestnik!

Find Us on Facebook

  Want our free monthly newsletter?

SRAS Cultural Exchange with Old Believers

Old Believers in traditional dress

Realizing that people are always more interesting than just buildings and places, SRAS leapt at the chance to arrange a tour of the Old Believers' spiritual center.

The Old Believers are a religious sect formed in 1666 after the Russian Orthodox Church instituted a series of reforms with which many church members disagreed. These members refused to follow the new practices and were officially excommunicated from the church. Afterwards, they lived mostly in compact, isolated communities to avoid persecution.

We were told all this by the administrative head of the Old Believer community at Rogozhskaya Zastava, the recognized center of the Old Believer faith, now located inside Moscow. Even more interesting was our round table discussion with high-school aged attendees of the local Old Believer seminary. All of these people made it clear to us how the Old Believer faith sees itself as very important to not only spiritual salvation, but also in preserving the Russian culture of the past. We told such details such as what youths in the community can and cannot attended in secular society (such as concerts, dances, etc.) and why they chose to join the seminary. We learned how the faith sees itself in relationship to current world events. We saw first hand the traditional Old Believer dress (pictured right). The seminary students also asked several questions about life in America and the opinions of American students on various subjects.

SRAS provided an interpreter for the occasion so that all students could participate in this cultural exchange. However, many more advanced Russian speakers chose to ask their questions and receive their answers directly in Russian, making the learning experience that much more profitable for them.  

Note: this tour came about partially due a successful excursion SRAS arranged for a group in Siberia, where the Old Believers are equally as welcoming.

 SRAS Resources
for Teachers
Click for more free resources for teachers of Russian and Russia-related subjects

City and History
The Church of St. George - Victory Park, Moscow

 Contact SRAS for
your Group Tour
Click the soviet payphones to contact SRAS for help with your travel group!

Find Out More!

More on Faculty-Led Travel
SRAS Travel Services
Health and Safety in Russia
Individual Programs Abroad
SRAS Testing Services
The SRAS Newsletter
"The Library"
Journal for Students
More Free Resources!

 Questions or comments?
Contact the editor

« back to Faculty Led Programs Abroad archive