Women in the Church

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Orthodoxy, African Deaconesses, and Missed Opportunities
Women in the Church

Orthodoxy, African Deaconesses, and Missed Opportunities

The headline from the official news agency of the Romanian Patriarchate read, “Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria performs first consecration of deaconesses.” There were mostly heartened and hopeful responses on my Facebook feed. I “liked” the page in the formal if shallow Facebook sense. As such news inevitably takes time to digest, those with keen…

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Shared Ministry and Divine Grace: Restoring the Diaconate in Orthodoxy
Liturgical Life, Women in the Church

Shared Ministry and Divine Grace: Restoring the Diaconate in Orthodoxy

The Orthodox world is buzzing with the recent news report on the ordination of deaconesses in the Patriarchate of Alexandria. To the best of our knowledge, the ordination occurred after the Divine Liturgy in the nave of the temple, and appears to resemble the rite used to ordain subdeacons. This rite includes the presentation of…

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Is the Russian Orthodox Church Pushing Battered Women into Feminism?
Religion and Politics, Women in the Church

Is the Russian Orthodox Church Pushing Battered Women into Feminism?

As expected, President Putin signed the law decriminalizing family violence, shifting certain offenses from criminal to administrative proceedings. Ostensibly this was done to bring the law into compliance with changes to the criminal code that had redefined assaults that do not result in “substantial bodily harm” from criminal to administrative violations. The change was decried…

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Ecclesiology, Women in the Church

Bishops in Council: Are They Representative?

It is commonly understood in the Orthodox Church that the bishop represents the Church, particularly within its conciliar life. But can he truly represent the Church, in its diversity, in every way and context? The bishop represents the Church in at least two ways: (1) He distinguishes the local manifestation of the Universal Church from…

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Taking Women Seriously
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Women in the Church

Taking Women Seriously

On the sixth of October 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America sent a letter to the clergy of his former diocese of the West, informing them that a man convicted of sexual assault would be their new interim bishop. Over a decade ago, Bishop Demetri (Khoury) of Toledo was…

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