• Nadieszda Kizenko

    Nadieszda Kizenko

    Professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany

    Nadieszda Kizenko is professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany, where she researches and teaches on Russian and East European history with a focus on religion and culture.

    Her books include A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People (Pennsylvania State University Press/ Studies of the Harriman Institute, 2000) and Good for the Souls. A History of Confession in the Russian Empire (Oxford University Press, 2021).

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Sunday of the Last Judgment. Sermon by Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko

Part of the 2023 Lenten series Orthodox Scholars Preach. Each week from Triodion through Pascha, the OCSC releases a 10-minute video featuring sermons by different Orthodox Christian scholars. The series provides a platform for Orthodox scholars to draw on their academic expertise while reflecting on the spiritual themes of the liturgical calendar. The sermon for...

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Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi? Ukraine and the Second Sunday of Pentecost in UOC and OCU Liturgies

Most people who have written about the tensions between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) after the Russian invasion tend to focus on one thing: who is commemorated. This is not surprising. Accepting the authority of this bishop, but not that one, is an eas... Read more.
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Women in the Church

Headscarves, Modern Orthodoxy, and Telling Women What to Do

Dr. Katherine Kelaidis recently published a piece in this forum on ‘Headscarves, Modesty, and Modern Orthodoxy.’ The article, a loving homage to Kelaidis’s grandmother, aunts, and mother, describes the pressures faced by Greek immigrant women of the American Mountain West two generations ago, ... Read more.
Religion and Politics

“Beat Her When You Are Alone Together”

On February 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law decriminalizing domestic violence. Now, the first instance of poboi—“actions which cause physical pain but do not lead to grave injury or loss of ability to work’’—will be treated as a misdemeanor rather than a criminal act. This... Read more.
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