Short Reads on December 2020

Christmas’s Great Conjunction
Biblical Studies, Theology

Christmas’s Great Conjunction

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски There has been a lot of excitement this December regarding an astronomical phenomenon known as a great conjunction. This great conjunction, also known as a planetary conjunction, is an alignment of Jupiter and Saturn with Earth that is visible in our night sky. A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last came…

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Culture Wars Are Not Our Wars
Church History, Ecclesiology, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Culture Wars Are Not Our Wars

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Српски American society is polarized to an extent that one can hardly recall. It is as if we have entered a cold civil war. There is another name for this war: culture war, which is a literal translation of the German Kulturkampf. Culture wars are not proper wars, and…

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Besieged Armenian Orthodox in Artsakh Pray for Their Enemies
Christian Practice

Besieged Armenian Orthodox in Artsakh Pray for Their Enemies

ქართული | Ελληνικά | Српски Born and raised in the United States, it was a blessing never to have experienced war firsthand. War was something that happened “over there”—not at home.  Certain liturgical prayers were thankfully not immediately relevant, such as, “For the freeing of our captive brothers,” following the diptychs in the Armenian Orthodox…

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Community or “Comspoonity”?
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Community or “Comspoonity”?

Ελληνικά | Русский One of the greatest impacts of the current pandemic is the effect it has had on interpersonal relations. The inability to embrace or hold a friend’s hand, the need for “social distancing,” and the knowledge that anyone we meet is potentially the carrier of a deadly disease all contribute to a feeling of…

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Personhood as “Glocal Citizenship”: Its Christian Roots and the Challenge of the Immigrant Crisis
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics, Theology

Personhood as “Glocal Citizenship”: Its Christian Roots and the Challenge of the Immigrant Crisis An Eastern Orthodox Political Theological Reflection

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски In the midst of the dominant globalization process, as experienced in various areas of life (economy, politics, new modes of communication, technology, or common dangers such as terrorism, environmental catastrophes, continuous fragmentation of the world), an ongoing debate is taking place around the meaning and content…

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