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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Asbury Revival and Lent: An Orthodox Appreciation

  On February 8, the students who gathered for a regular worship service at a chapel of Asbury University, a small Christian college in Wilmore, Kentucky, found themselves unable to leave at the service’s end. They continued to pray with their hands extended, making public confessions of repe... Read more.
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Religion and Conflict

The Moral Defeat of the Russian World: Putin, Kirill, and the Tribunal of History

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In Mariupol, Russian rockets destroy a maternity ward, wounding dozens. Meanwhile, in Moscow, Patriarch Kirill (Gundiaev) blesses the Russian troops. In the same town of Mariupol, Russian bombs k... Read more.
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Orthodoxy and Modernity

Hitler and Putin: 1938 and 2022

Hitler delivered his speech of September 12, 1938 to the German Reichstag a few weeks before the German tanks rolled over the German-Czech border to invade Czechoslovakia; Putin delivered his speech of February 21, 2022 to the Russian nation as he was giving orders for the Russian tanks to cross the... Read more.
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God, Evil, and COVID-19

ελληνικά Our current pandemic has brought us face-to-face with the reality of human mortality, our susceptibility to disease and death. We no longer confront death in the abstract: its long hand has reached out to our communities and, in some cases, even touched our families. In our big exte... Read more.
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Global Orthodoxy, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The International Orthodox Theological Association: Conciliarity from Below

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский The Holy and Great Council of Crete (2016) demonstrated that pan-Orthodox gatherings are possible in our time. The Council also made manifest global Orthodoxy’s enduring tensions and divisions. The delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch did not attend th... Read more.
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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Salvation and the “Pursuit of Happiness”

Our pop culture is presently awash with books offering assistance in the “pursuit of happiness.” A search for “happiness” on produces nearly 250,000 results, with books ranging from The Positivity Kit (“instant happiness on every page”), to a volume that more realistically gua... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

When the Pope and Patriarchs Go Island Hopping: Cuba, Lesbos, and Crete

In the effort to draw the world’s attention to the refugee crisis, Patriarch Bartholomew invited Pope Francis to meet on the island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This is the fifth meeting between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch in the last three years, beginning with Bartholomew’s... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

The Great and Holy Council of Crete and Orthodox-Catholic Relations

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete, planned for June 2016, will ratify several important ... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Global Orthodoxy

Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis?

We live in historic times. About a week ago, the leaders of the Orthodox Churches announced their commitment to hold the Pan-Orthodox Council on the island of Crete in mid-June 2016. The failed attempts to organize such a council for more than fifty years have been attributed to a variety of factors... Read more.
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