Church Life and Pastoral Care

Publications: 43

An Act of Lighthearted Betrayal
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Religion and Conflict

An Act of Lighthearted Betrayal How Moscow's Official Church Hunts Down Her Anti-War Priests

There were relatively few people in Moscow who knew Fr. John Koval before February 2023. Native to Luhansk, Ukraine, he moved to Moscow and graduated from the famous Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. He received theological training at St. Thikhon Orthodox University of Humanities before being ordained some twenty years ago…

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From Altar Calls to Theosis
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

From Altar Calls to Theosis What Orthodoxy Showed Me about a Life of Transformation

  I did not grow up in a church that observed Lent, but I did grow up around altar calls. For me and my community, these deeply emotional and cathartic encounters at church were often the catalysts for the spiritual transformations I longed for in my youth. And while I’m not entirely against altar calls…

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The Asbury Revival and Lent: An Orthodox Appreciation
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 repentance and praise, for hours. The nonstop service…

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To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality, Liturgical Life

To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image

On July 9, 2022, Archbishop Elpidophoros, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, baptized the children of celebrity fashion designer Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis in a church near Athens. Reactions to the news of the baptism of children of a same-sex couple were predictable. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of…

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To Leave or Not to Leave One’s Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care

To Leave or Not to Leave One’s Church

“…For there must be also heresies/divisions among you, that they which are approved/tested-and-proved-reliable may be made manifest among you.” (1 Cor 11: 19) In this “Time of Troubles” of the Orthodox Church, many Orthodox Christians, particularly those in the Moscow Patriarchate, are contemplating either changing “jurisdictions” or taking a time out from the whole church…

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Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University