• Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

    Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

    Executive Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Holy Cross School of Theology

    The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis was born in Australia and studied theology (University of Athens) and Byzantine Music (Greek Conservatory of Music). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford.

    After spending time on Mt. Athos, he served as Personal Assistant to Archbishop Stylianos in Australia, where he co-founded St Andrew’s Theological College and taught at the University of Sydney. Subsequently, he was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College.

    The author of many books and articles in several languages on theology, spirituality, and ecology, Fr. John’s publications include three volumes of collected works by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, whose biography by Fr. John was published by Harper Collins.

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Casting the First Stone of Heresy

In previous years, weeks, and days, I have seen—and, in one instance, supported—a variegated condemnation of the Moscow Patriarch—his preaching and practice alike—as heretical. The “Russian World” ideology has been denounced as unorthodox and heretical. The “Edict” of the World Russian People’s Council has been characterized as distorted doctrine. And the commemoration of Patriarch Kirill...
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Gender and Sexuality, Public Life

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Book Reviews, Theology

(Review) Holy Beauty: Prolegomena to an Orthodox Philokalic Aesthetics

Chrysostomos A. Stamoulis, Holy Beauty: Prolegomena to an Orthodox Philokalic Aesthetics, translated by Norman Russell, Cambridge, UK: James Clarke and Co, 2022, xx + 236 pages. It is not often that a theologian reaches outside his or her own comfort zone. That is true of many, if not most disciplin... Read more.
Religion and Politics

An Orthodox Christian Standing with Ukraine

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Few, if any, would go so far as to claim that Patriarch Kirill, as head of the Orthodox Church in Russia (or “the Russias,” as he likes to say), could be charged with crimes against humanity... Read more.
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Christian Practice

The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness

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A Renewed Diaconate Completes the Church

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