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"Protestant" or Non Catholic communities in Poland


Samue1son 2 | 7
26 Apr 2012  #1
As a practicing "protestant", with a Polish Catholic wife; I have a good idea and understanding of Catholicism in Poland.
I am curious however, if there are any practicing non Cthl believers and if so, how many groups of protestants have a "church" or meeting place? Are their specific buildings in towns/cities? Can anybody give me examples? I've yet to find anything in Gdansk/Tricity or Olsztyn or the Warmia region.
jon357 64 | 14,382
26 Apr 2012  #2
I've yet to find anything in Gdansk/Tricity

The Anglicans have a monthly Eucharist in Gdansk and there are various sorts of evangelical gatherings there.

Here's a link: anglicanchurch.pl
I didn't see anything on the site about Gdansk, so you'd have to contact them to check the details.
There's also: gracechurchgdansk.org which looks like an American fundamentalist organisation. There are also Polish speaking protestant churches there plus the Jehovah's Witnesses.
OP Samue1son 2 | 7
26 Apr 2012  #3
Thanks Jon. Do you know the name of this place, or could I just google Anglican, Gdasnk and find something?
jon357 64 | 14,382
26 Apr 2012  #4
I googled it and couldn't find, however I know the priest from Warsaw was going up there once a month. Your best bet is to mail them through the contact page on their website or (sine I think they're in an interregnum) give them a call.
cjj - | 281
26 Apr 2012  #5
There are other faiths around - but not so very obvious.
I used to attend a regular Anglican service in Gdansk, but that's about .. um ... 7 or 8 years ago now. Not sure what happens now, if anything.

The services were in Wrzeszcz originally, in rooms owned by .. I believe a Baptist church (not sure of the details, now, I must admit)
Just before I stopped going they were having services in a Polish not-Roman Catholic church up behind Gdansk Glowny railway station. (near Urz M.)
I've seen a few 7th Day Adventist churches -- there's one on Jaskowa Dolina in Gdansk, and I'm sure I"ve seen others.

I've met Mormans in Urz M. while getting my karta pobytu, had JWs at my door even 12 years ago
And for sure I've met other missionary types from time to time at e.g. language classes.
I know of a few other more evangelical churches, not necessarily in the city -- even with followers na wsi.
aggieclint 4 | 9
18 Sep 2012  #6
I am not sure if you are still looking for a church in Gdansk, but there is an Evangelical, bilingual (Polish/English) church called Gospel Church that meets on Sunday evenings at 18:00. They use the Baptist Church's building. Here's more info:

facebook.com/gospelchurchgdansk
boletus 30 | 1,367
18 Sep 2012  #7
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (Polish: Kościół Ewangelicko-Augsburski w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Church_of_the_Augsburg_Confes sion_in_Poland

The official web page of Luterans - Kościół Ewangelicko-Augsburski (Luterański) w Polsce

luteranie.pl

Kościół Ewangelicko-Reformowany w Polsce

reformowani.pl

Kościół Ewangelicko-metodystyczny

metodysci.pl
Des Essientes 7 | 1,292
18 Sep 2012  #8
Does anyone know the percentage of Lutherans in Polish Pomerania today?
boletus 30 | 1,367
18 Sep 2012  #9
This page lists all lutheran parishes across Poland's Voivodships, luteranie.pl/o_naszym_kosciele.html
Western-Pomeranian: 2 (Koszalin, Szczecin), Pomeranian: 2 (Sopot, Słupsk), Kuiavian-Pomeranian: 6 (Bydgoszcz, Grudziądz, Rypin, Toruń, Włocławek, Lipno)
TheOther 5 | 3,759
18 Sep 2012  #10
Does anyone know the percentage of Lutherans in Polish Pomerania today?

Not too many left after the ethnic cleansing following WW2. 130 parishes with 75.000 members in all of Poland (in 2009).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Church_of_the_Augsburg_Confession_in_Poland

EDIT: Sorry, just saw that Boletus had posted the link already.
sobieski 107 | 2,129
18 Sep 2012  #11
From what I know there is still a sizable Protestant community in Warsaw.
polonius 55 | 422
24 Sep 2012  #12
There's a big Lutehran church just a stone's throw from the Hotel Victoria (I think it's now called Sofitel). My impression is that there are some 90,000 Lutherans in Poland, but the majority live in Cieszyn Silesia. Former PM Jerzy Buzek is a Lutheran.

One of the most colourful denominations are the Catholic Mariavites of Felcjanowo near Płock who have not only women priests but also bishopesses. There are also Old Catholic Mariavites but they do not have female clergy.
jon357 64 | 14,382
24 Sep 2012  #13
One of the most colourful denominations are the Catholic Mariavites of Felcjanowo near Płock

The Old Catholic Mariavites have quite a presence in Plock itself and a particularly beautiful cathedral. There's a parish in Warsaw too and several dioceses around Poland.

They were particularly persecuted back in the 1930s.

The Felicianowo ones are the much smaller Orthodox Mariavites. These are the ones with female clergy. They do not encourage strangers or attention of any sort.
sobieski 107 | 2,129
24 Sep 2012  #14
Here in Warsaw on al. Solidarności is also the Reformed Evangelical Church. Beautiful building, but always closed to the public as I know.
Inside is a plaque commemorating Mikołaj Rej.
polonius 55 | 422
24 Sep 2012  #15
That church at Solidarności was rolled back in the late 1940s or early '50s to make way for the Trasa W-Z. It was quite an engineering feat back then.
sobieski 107 | 2,129
24 Sep 2012  #16
Now that you mention it - I somewhere read that as well. Still a nice structure. I always wanted to have a peek inside - passing it everyday from/to work, but it is always closed unfortunately.
polonius 55 | 422
24 Sep 2012  #17
Even on Sundays? Is it an abandoned or disused faciltiy?
sobieski 107 | 2,129
24 Sep 2012  #18
It is very well-maintained church, only open on mass hours though. (I think)


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