From the Editor
Kyiv (the Ukrainian spelling; the more familiar Kiev transliterates the Russian spelling), a city of approximately 2.7 million people, is the capital of Ukraine. As one of the oldest and most important cities in Europe, Kyiv’s history reflects the turbulent ebb and flow of empires and armies, as well as religious and cultural renaissances and repressions.
The breakup of the former Soviet Union led to Ukrainian independence in 1991, and left a spiritual, moral and cultural vacuum into which flowed all manner of things, both good and bad. The Kyiv Theological Seminary, founded in 1995, offers solid biblical and theological training to church leaders from the Ukraine as well as other former Soviet Republics.
This year marks the beginning of a formal relationship with Talbot, offering a fully-accredited Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies degree. We are really excited about this extension of Talbot’s educational mission. As you read this issue and learn about the dedicated people involved, and about the religious landscape and the needs in Ukraine, I know you’ll be excited as well.
May your interest and excitement move you to pray for our brothers and sisters in “Talbot Extreme East”!
Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.
The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”