Student Summit 3 or how religion affected the people from post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe

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Published by Teja Dobnik on 12 March, 2017.

Moldova, a place almost (unjustly) forgotten, an ex-Soviet Union region and the cheapest country in Europe. That is what Teja Dobnk knew before she went on a quest to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. With other students from Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia from 2nd to 5th of March she attended a conference that revolved around how religion developed in post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe. It more specifically focused on how protestant Christianity has found its place among younger generation of that area, who mostly grew up in orthodox or catholic Christian tradition. What she found out from the peoples testimonies was that usually these two traditions rather than educating people about religion and helping them develop faith pushed them away into mere reciting of prayers at Sunday masses. That is why protestant Christianity with its more personal approach has been able to reach for the young people more successfully than other Christian branches.

The reason she attended the conference (besides her interest in knowing how religion impacts people in their everyday lives) was to translate from English to Slovene for the students attending the summit. Little did she know that her translating was going to be from Serbo-Croatian to Slovene, rather than English to Slovene.  As it is the case almost every time students from the ex-Yugoslavian countries gather somewhere, this weird invisible bond was created and Teja ended up spending most of her time with her newfound peers from Croatia, Macedonia and Bulgaria. They’ve formed a dream team and since they were hanging out so often, people from other countries started to ask them if all of their respective countries have the same official language. With a grin they all educated the oblivious people about the former (glory of) common country of Yugoslavia and about the fact that our languages are indeed quite similar.

To sum up the conference was a success, Teja learned a lot about the place of religion in the lives of Eastern Europeans and in return she spread the word about MUNs, MUNSC and MUNSC Salient. People seemed quite interested so hopefully we’ll get to see the lovely people she got to meet at the summit at our summer conference as well.

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