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Reflections on the Ordination of Deaconess Angelic
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Women in the Church

Reflections on the Ordination of Deaconess Angelic

On Holy Thursday, May 2, 2024, Angelic Molen (pronounced “angelic”) was ordained to the diaconate in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Orthodox Church in Zimbabwe is part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa (the Orthodox Church in the continent of Africa). With the approval and support of the Alexandrian Synod and His Beatitude…

The ROCOR and “Western Values”
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Public Life, Religion and Conflict

The ROCOR and “Western Values” Past and Present

I presented the following paper on February 17, 2024 in Wheeling, IL, at a conference entitled “We’re Not Alone.” The conference was organized by laypeople of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), concerned about the church issues arising from Putin’s war against Ukraine. The topic of the paper, “The ROCOR and Western Values: Past…

How and Why the Friendship of the Russian and Bulgarian Churches Ended
Inter-Orthodox Relations

How and Why the Friendship of the Russian and Bulgarian Churches Ended

It is said that after the Soviet army occupied Bulgaria, Winston Churchill wrote on a napkin in Moscow in 1944, “Bulgaria – 25%,” representing the portion of influence the Western allies should have in the new, post-war Bulgaria. Of course, that turned out to be wishful thinking. In two years’ time, the last opposition politician…

Open Letter: War in Ukraine and the Russian Church
Documents, Religion and Conflict

Open Letter: War in Ukraine and the Russian Church

To: His Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, the New Rome, and Oecumenical Patriarch The Holy Father Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church His Holiness Garegin, Primate and Catholicos of All Armenians His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Head of the Anglican Communion Rev Dr. Panti Filibus Musa, Archbishop of…

The Illusion of Unity: Patriarch Kirill’s Ideological Ultimatum to the Church
Public Life, Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics

The Illusion of Unity: Patriarch Kirill’s Ideological Ultimatum to the Church How and Why the Russian Orthodox Church Copies the Repressive Apparatus of the State

As we step into the 21st century, the unthinkable unfolds within the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC): a systematic trend of political repressions. Priests voicing an anti-war stance, not politically but pastorally—liturgically—face bans from ministry or even defrocking, marking a stark departure from the gospel tradition. This shift has parallels with the comparatively milder means employed…

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