Short Reads on January 2018

How Russia’s Information Warfare Targets the Church of Constantinople
Global Orthodoxy

How Russia’s Information Warfare Targets the Church of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew occupies a unique position in Christendom and shepherds his flock from an almost Muslim-only country: Turkey. Headquartered in Constantinople, present-day Istanbul, the Ecumenical Patriarchate experienced prominence during the millennial-long Byzantine Empire, but persecution following the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 and emergence of Ottoman rule, eloquently captured in Sir Steven Runciman’s classic…

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African American Orthodox Christians
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African American Orthodox Christians

In 2016, I began a series of interviews with African American Orthodox Christians in four regions of the United States.  An integral component of a wider ethnographic research project (one combining participant observation and digital research) personal narratives offer a necessary depth of insight into an Orthodox community which still remains relatively unfamiliar to many….

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It’s Time to Merge St. Vladimir’s and Holy Cross
Education and Academia, Orthodoxy and Modernity

It’s Time to Merge St. Vladimir’s and Holy Cross

It has always been the case that forces beyond the control of the Church have prompted changes in the practice of theological education. For example, Ottoman repression led many Greek Christians to seek education abroad. Tsar Peter I imposed Western-styled seminaries upon the Russian Church. And the Bolshevik Revolution crippled religious education throughout Russia and…

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The Problem with Gendering Epiphany Celebrations
Women in the Church

The Problem with Gendering Epiphany Celebrations Student Submission

Epiphany, observed on January 6th, celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ and the historic manifestation of the Holy Trinity. Liturgically, the Church commemorates the Feast day with a Blessing of the Waters service at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. For many communities, this service transitions from the church to a nearby open body of…

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