Kresta in the Afternoon – October 11, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Opening the Red Door: Bringing Christian Education to Russia (2 segments)

  • Description: After the Berlin Wall fell, a group of Christian colleges in the U.S. seized the opportunity to begin strategic faculty and student exchanges with universities inside the Soviet Union. Among their leaders was John Bernbaum, who during a 1990 visit to Russia accepted an invitation to build a faith-based university in Moscow, the former center of the atheistic regime. John joins us with the story.
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    • John Bernbaum
      John Bernbaum is the author of Opening the Red Door: The Inside Story of Russia's First Christian Liberal Arts University. He worked for the U.S. Department of State from 1972 to 1976 and then spent nearly two decades with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in Washington, DC, where he founded and directed the American Studies Program, served as CCCU executive vice president, and developed the Russian Studies Program. He also served as president and CEO of the Russian-American Christian University (RACU) in Moscow from 1996 to 2011. He is the author of Why Work? and Perspectives on Peacemaking.
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    • Opening the Red Door: The Inside Story of Russia’s First Christian Liberal Arts University

      After the Berlin Wall fell, a group of Christian colleges in the U.S. seized the opportunity to begin strategic faculty and student exchanges with universities inside the Soviet Union. They could not have foreseen the doors that would open next. During a 1990 visit to Russia, John Bernbaum and his colleagues received a surprising invitation from a Russian government official: come help build a faith-based university in Moscow. Thus, after seventy years of fierce religious persecution under communism, the Russian-American Christian University (RACU) was born. In Opening the Red Door, Bernbaum presents an insider's account of the rise and fall of a Russian-American partnership. As a founder and later president of RACU, Bernbaum offers a ground-level perspective on Russia’s post-communist transition and the construction of a cultural-educational bridge between the two superpowers. He describes how American RACU staff worked to understand Russian history and culture―including the nation's rich spiritual heritage―so they could support their new Russian friends in rebuilding an educational system and a society. He documents the story of the first private Christian liberal arts university to be accredited in Russia's history, from its first steps, through its major successes, to its facing increasing opposition during the Putin era. Opening the Red Door offers unique insight not only into Russian culture and post–Cold War history but also traces the dynamics within international educational institutions and partnerships. When he first traveled to Russia, Bernbaum writes, he thought of it as a nation of mystery. But after more than twenty-five years of work there, he believes Russia can be understood. His journey of understanding will prove instructive to educators, administrators, students, missionaries, and anyone interested in international relations. (learn more)

+  Religious Liberty Roundup

  • Description: The American Freedom Law Center has been busy lately dealing with several cases related to religious liberty, free speech and the pro life movement. Rob Muise joins us with a summary.
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    • Robert Muise
      Robert Muise is a co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center and the co-Author of Offensive and Defensive Lawfare: Fighting Civilizational Jihad in America's Courts. He perviously served 13 years in the US Marine Corps. Visit
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