Religion and Conflict

Publications: 52

On Non-Violence, Defense, and Victory in the Context of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine
Religion and Conflict

On Non-Violence, Defense, and Victory in the Context of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine

First of all, let me make my standpoint clear: I am from Ukraine, I am Orthodox, I have experience and interest in peacebuilding, and I co-translated the document For the Life of the World: Towards the Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church (FLOW) into Ukrainian and Russian. I find this document a profound and inspiring…

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An Act of Lighthearted Betrayal<span class='secondary-title'>How Moscow's Official Church Hunts Down Her Anti-War Priests</span>
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Religion and Conflict

An Act of Lighthearted BetrayalHow 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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Russia, Ukraine, and the Orthodox Church: The Aftermath?
Religion and Conflict

Russia, Ukraine, and the Orthodox Church: The Aftermath?

As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its second year, prayers throughout the world continue to be offered for a quick and just end. One question that needs to be raised is what will this just end look like? Regardless of who the victor will be, regardless of whether the political players—Putin and Zelensky—will…

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Violence and Non-Violence: From Constantine to Ukraine
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics

Violence and Non-Violence: From Constantine to Ukraine

It can be difficult to fathom the mindset of the followers of Jesus in the early to mid fourth century, as they gradually abandoned their commitment to the Way of total love towards all, even enemies. Before being called Christians, the disciples of Jesus were known as the people of the Way. What Way? The Way that…

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The Russian-Ukrainian War is Now a Theological Crisis
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics, Theology

The Russian-Ukrainian War is Now a Theological Crisis

In his 2006 book titled The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, historian Mark Noll argued that the American Civil War of the 19th century was, among other things, a crisis not only of differing biblical interpretations but of the very concept of the Bible. The South and the North interpreted the Scriptural outlook on…

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Drama at the Lavra: What’s at Stake?
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics

Drama at the Lavra: What’s at Stake?

The decision of the Ukrainian government to terminate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s (UOC) lease at the Kyiv Pechers’ka Lavra monastery complex has dominated Orthodox news in recent weeks. The events leading up to the decision have stirred up emotions, generated debate, and given birth to rumors on the state’s objectives. Dispassionate analysis is at the…

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