The Miami Valley
Episcopal Russian Network (MVERN) celebrated 20 years in 2016!
View the 30 minute video outlining
exchange partnership with Fr. Nikolai Aksenov and his parish, St.
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Sablino, Russia was begun in 1997. Sablino is a small rural community about 30 miles south of St.
MVERN is comprised of 11
Episcopal and two Orthodox churches in the Miami Valley in southwest
Ohio. MVERN traditionally has a
three-year rotation of trips: an adult trip to Sablino, a youth trip
to Sablino, followed by MVERN bringing several young Russians here.
Our purpose has been
to build bridges - both spiritual and personal - between Episcopal and
Orthodox churches . We also sought to support and strengthen the emerging
Russian Orthodox Church after it had endured more than 70 years of
persecution during the Soviet Union.
MVERN supports many of
Fr. Nikolai’s community outreach projects: enlarging a youth facility and funding learning programs
in what is now Sablino's Community Center, newly insulated. The Community Center is a
meeting place for public officials and events, a place to have art
classes and exhibits and
religion classes. In addition the Community Center hosts a children’s summer
camp and a year-round soup kitchen.