As a Spiritual Christian religious group that originated in Russia, the Doukhobors are unique in their practices of pacifism and rejection of modern materialism. This ideology led them to rebuff many Orthodox Church rituals in Russia, for which they were exiled in the 1840s. Those who remained in Eastern Europe resettled in Gorelovka, a tiny village in the south of Georgia. As the Gorelovka Doukhobor community dwindles, only about 40 families remain, and of those, only about ten persons continue to regularly attend ceremonies at their shrine. One of these members is particularly important.