Short Reads on November 2023

Letter to Russia: The Importance of Finding Those Who Are United in Spirit
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Religion and Conflict

Letter to Russia: The Importance of Finding Those Who Are United in Spirit

Editor’s Note: The Orthodox Church in Russia is divided, but this division is not canonical nor administrative. Moreover, it is not always visible from the outside. While the official Church has become an integral part of Putin’s political regime, on a deeper level, there is resistance on behalf of small Orthodox communities and individuals who…

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Strike the Jew
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

Strike the Jew

Once again, following violence against Jews, Jewish schools, synagogues, cultural centers around the world have gone on high alert, because any local violence against Jews is perceived as a rallying cry elsewhere. The context is an astonishing global surge in antisemitism. Following the attack on Israel of October 7, the Western world erupted in massive…

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Orthodox Christians in Gaza City
Religion and Conflict

Orthodox Christians in Gaza City

In his fight against those in Gaza whom he called “human animals,” the Israeli defense minister on October 8 vowed to act “accordingly” by cutting off fuel, food, water, and electricity to the impoverished strip of land. With this explicit policy of collective punishment (which has gotten even more collective and punishing in the last…

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2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival: First-Place Speeches
Education and Academia

2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival: First-Place Speeches

We are honored to present the first-place junior and senior division speeches from the 2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ. The oratorical festival is an annual nationwide youth ministry of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that gives students…

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What about “The Songs of Zion” (Ps. 137:3)?
Religion and Conflict

What about “The Songs of Zion” (Ps. 137:3)? The Orthodox Church and the Conflict in Gaza

Until 2023, before I left the Russian Orthodox Church, I was a priest of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Thus, I have spent four years in Israel, and on the one hand, and I’m familiar with the context, but on the other I cannot be impartial, still feeling anxious about my friends there. Assessing…

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