Short Reads on April 2023

The Tower of Babel and Sobornost
Religion and Politics, Theology

The Tower of Babel and Sobornost Unity in Multiplicity

In an interview reported by The Russian Orthodox Church Department for External Church Relations, Rossiya TV asked Patriarch Kirill about his visit to Latin America in February 2016. At the time, Kirill commented about his impression of South America and his hopes for that country. As a comparative lesson, he reflected on the experience of…

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Two People Ministering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Two People Ministering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Contemporary Jewish-Orthodox Relations

Contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue has been defined, by and large, by the post-Holocaust, Western, American/European setting in which it emerged and by the predominance of Catholics and (liberal) Protestants, who have been the primary Christian interlocutors. And Orthodox Christians?  According to Sandrine Caneri: … the Orthodox at this time were simply not in any condition to…

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The Russian-Ukrainian War is Now a Theological Crisis
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics, Theology

The Russian-Ukrainian War is Now a Theological Crisis

In his 2006 book titled The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, historian Mark Noll argued that the American Civil War of the 19th century was, among other things, a crisis not only of differing biblical interpretations but of the very concept of the Bible. The South and the North interpreted the Scriptural outlook on…

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Of Camels and Gnats
Religion and Politics

Of Camels and Gnats

As I write this, the drama surrounding the expulsion of the monks of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry from the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is being played out, a drama simultaneously sad, understandable, and scandalous. I first visited the Lavra in November of 1988. A portion of the monastery had just been re-opened, and it…

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Drama at the Lavra: What’s at Stake?
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics

Drama at the Lavra: What’s at Stake?

The decision of the Ukrainian government to terminate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s (UOC) lease at the Kyiv Pechers’ka Lavra monastery complex has dominated Orthodox news in recent weeks. The events leading up to the decision have stirred up emotions, generated debate, and given birth to rumors on the state’s objectives. Dispassionate analysis is at the…

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Heritage Omitted is Heritage Denied: Recognizing Coptic Palm Sunday Practices
Culture and Arts

Heritage Omitted is Heritage Denied: Recognizing Coptic Palm Sunday Practices

Recognition of the Coptic Palm Sunday practices is crucial for the politics of inclusive heritage globally as much as locally. From the early centuries, for Coptic Christians in Egypt, Palm Sunday has been a day of widespread popular celebrations that far surpasses the religious ceremony associated with the occasion of commemorating the entry of Christ…

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