Originally it was Categories > Churches but there are some entities that are not quite it. Remnants of Sami cults are not “churches”. So I made it Categories > Religion but then discovered a weird cult whose members are convinced that the world is over, and what we are seeing are mere phantoms, that Gott ist tot, and religion is thus impossible. They are not “church”, they are not “religion” but their concern is beyond the here and now. At the end I settled on “Transcendental”. Anything that is not concerned with this world will be put in Categories > Transcendental.
This church is a variation on the Pentecostal theme. They came to Russia in 1911, and the core of the Kandalaksha group is said to have formed back in 1982, in the midst of the Brezhnev era. Brave fellows if that’s true. Now they have 70-90 members in Kandalaksha and area.
One of three (a huge number for a town of 40 thousand) Protestant congregations. The other two are Baptists and Lutherans, and all three are on very friendly terms. The church was established in 2002/2003 after a visit by a group of American missionaries. Part of the Blagovest (Good News) Association of Evangelical Churches based in Moscow. The congregation has 30 members. Active in social and charity work, and in particular providing food and clothing to the homeless, which are by some reason plenty in Kandalaksha. The address is Ulitsa Lokomotivnaya 2.
Based on a report by Denis Pischulin, 2010
There is said to be a church-backed alcohol and drug rehabilitation project based at the village of Zelenoborsky near Kandalaksha. As of the moment I have no details.
..Just heard a rumor that it is supported by Pentecostal, Baptists and other “foreign agents” (“foreign agent” is a legal term here; any NGO that receives funding from abroad has to be registered as “foreign agent” and is likely to find itself in course, see eg. Human Right Watch).
DISCLAIMER: THE ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN AS A POLITICAL STATEMENT. I HEREBY DECLARE MY LOYALTY TO THE REGIME AND READINESS TO KISS PU’S ASS RATHER THAN GOING TO PRISON.
Said to be a joint project by several of Kandalaksha’s churches. Held every Sunday at Komsomolskaya, behind student residence building, at 3pm, and then at Kirovskaya, between no. 13 and 15, at 4pm.
A protestant group seems to be actively looking after the needy and homeless. On their request I’m not saying who they are but if needed I’ll put you in touch. What are they afraid of? My impression is they are allowed to operate as long as they stay low. Anyway, they appear to be one of the centers of charity here. Only they responded to our question of what to do with several bags of good clothing.