Short Reads on March 2023

Let’s Make History: Ordain Deaconesses in the Orthodox Church Today
Women in the Church

Let’s Make History: Ordain Deaconesses in the Orthodox Church Today

March is Women’s History Month, when we particularly witness women’s vital roles in our past, including in the Orthodox Church. These stories deserve our attention and appreciation, but let’s not just look to the past, let’s also look to the future. Let’s make history.  Let’s make history by ordaining women as deaconesses in the Orthodox…

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The Church Meets in Volos
Education and Academia

The Church Meets in Volos A Non-Academic’s Impressions of the Second IOTA Mega-Conference

I arrived in Volos a day early so my family could get settled into our Airbnb and immediately felt a certain hesitation about the days ahead. As a priest of the Orthodox Church in America pastoring and preaching in a parochial, domesticated way for 30+ years, I am used to depending on easily accessible basic…

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The Georgian Protests: Dramatic Days, an Unexpected Outcome
Public Life, Religion and Politics

The Georgian Protests: Dramatic Days, an Unexpected Outcome

  Early on March 9th, the Georgian population learned that the Georgian Dream party announced the withdrawal of the draft on transparency of foreign influence. It was on March 7th that Parliament of Georgia, with a majority from the Georgian Dream party, passed the first reading of the controversial law on “foreign agents” (any organization…

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On the Way to a Unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine
Inter-Orthodox Relations

On the Way to a Unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine Challenges and Perspectives

On February 16, the second face-to-face meeting of initiative groups of clergy and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was held in Sophia National Sanctuary Complex in Kyiv. Its final appeal we published on Public Orthodox earlier. Now we follow up with the impressions and comments of…

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Saviors on Weapon Boards
Culture and Arts

Saviors on Weapon Boards Two Kinds of Social Ethos during Wartime

  Icon painting is rightly considered to be the visual expression of the Orthodox tradition. The icon speaks of the Gospel, the liturgy, the hymnography, the saints, the dogmas, and the pedagogy of the church. Icons testify to the reality of God’s Incarnation, the image of God in each of us, and mystically lead us…

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