Short Reads on November 2020

Black Voices in the Orthodox Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Black Voices in the Orthodox Church

Black Americans make up a tiny percentage of Orthodox Christians in the United States. Considering how difficult it is for someone from our American culture to convert to the Orthodox faith, it makes the stories of the seven Black individuals in the most recent issue of Jacob’s Well—a magazine of the Diocese of New York…

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Getting Along in Hard Times
Culture and Arts, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Getting Along in Hard Times The "Sad" Microcosm of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски One afternoon last week, a wave of profound sadness came over me, prompted by a video I had viewed. A fairly new documentary on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection (or Anastasis), was released to me and fellow…

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Eastern Orthodox Clergy: An At-Risk Population
Church Life and Pastoral Care

Eastern Orthodox Clergy: An At-Risk Population

ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски “I know how weak and puny my soul is. I know the magnitude of this ministry and the great difficulty of the work. More stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales that trouble the sea.”  (St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood) At the end of the…

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The Challenge of Christian Witness in the Political Realm
Religion and Politics

The Challenge of Christian Witness in the Political Realm

The American people are deeply divided and polarized in their political stances and choices. The divisiveness and polarization in the American political realm have also affected Christian churches and communities even though some of them have chosen not to formally address the challenges that politics raises for the people’s personal and communal lives. The relation…

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Saint Francis of Assisi: Icon of God’s Love for Our Troubled Times
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

Saint Francis of Assisi: Icon of God’s Love for Our Troubled Times

Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски Ah, life’s ironies! As it turns out, many of those who are against abortion (quite a few of whom are President Trump’s supporters) are making excuses for Trump’s decision to accept therapies derived from aborted fetal tissue as a (so-called) “cure” for COVID-19; and yet, many of those…

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God and the Election: How to Talk with Your Children
Religion and Politics

God and the Election: How to Talk with Your Children

български | Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски Your children have been hearing a lot about the election in their schools, in your family, among friends, online and on television. As a Christian parent, priest, or teacher, what can you say? Does God care about the election? Here are some thoughts to help shape…

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