Tag: Bodies

A Theological Case for a Religiously Pluralistic Ukraine
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

A Theological Case for a Religiously Pluralistic Ukraine

Current legislative proposals to restrict, even ban, the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) are bringing two divergent paths into focus. I believe that Christian teaching directs Ukraine’s believers to affirm vigorous religious pluralism, rather than the present trajectory of establishing one national Ukrainian church. I write as a theologian, not a legal expert;…

Continue reading
The Orthodox Church of Finland and the War in Ukraine
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Conflict

The Orthodox Church of Finland and the War in Ukraine

Orthodox Christians in Russia are sometimes surprised to learn that Patriarch Kirill is only representing the Russian Orthodox Church and that his views can in no way be taken as the views of the entire Orthodox Church. Orthodox in the West sometimes complain that their church leadership has remained silent about the war in Ukraine….

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System
Environmental Ethics

Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System

With the fifth Halki Summit on the environment scheduled to take place in June 2022, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which we, as Orthodox Christians, can more fully embrace the ecological message that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has repeatedly delivered for more than thirty years….

Continue reading
The Worst of All Curses
Religion and Conflict

The Worst of All Curses

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски One night terror I experienced during my childhood included bombers flying over the roof of our fifteenth-floor apartment in Moscow. No wonder, as every evening the news reported heavily on the enemy’s military build-up. At the time I could not quite understand why such…

Continue reading
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine: Ecumenical Reception
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine: Ecumenical Reception

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The establishment of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) created division within the global Orthodox world. Yet, what has received less attention is the effect of the Ukrainian autocephaly on other Christian denominations and ecumenical institutions. Inevitably, and sometimes unwillingly, these churches were…

Continue reading
Coping, Scapegoating, Menacing:  Christians in Pandemic India
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Coping, Scapegoating, Menacing: Christians in Pandemic India

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски A few days ago, I called up a Jesuit priest in Bihar (an eastern state of India) to know his thoughts on the conditions of Christians during the ongoing pandemic. He was bemused by the question and emphatically stated—the rich survive and the poor…

Continue reading
On Throwing Stones in Houses of Glass
Ecclesiology

On Throwing Stones in Houses of Glass Moscow, Constantinople, and Autocephaly

български |  Ελληνικά | Русский  |  Српски Much breath and ink continues to be spent castigating the Patriarchate of Constantinople for its “uncanonical” bestowal of autocephaly upon the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).  Characteristic are the words of newly-elected Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia: “The actions of Constantinople in Ukraine are not in accordance with the…

Continue reading
Deifying Bodies of Color
Culture and Arts, Theology

Deifying Bodies of Color Coloniality, Iconography, and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Ελληνικά Amid a nationwide BLM movement calling for the removal of statues and monuments that enshrine, even glorify, the genocidal, colonizing, enslaving, and imperialistic past of the United States, well-known BLM activist Shaun King tweeted that “The statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down” and in his next tweet…

Continue reading
Yoga and Orthodoxy
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Yoga and Orthodoxy

ελληνικά | Română | српски In the wake of advice disseminated earlier this month across a variety of Greek media channels that the practice of yoga can be helpful to manage anxiety provoked by COVID-19, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece felt compelled to make an official declaration that the practice of yoga…

Continue reading
COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism
Liturgical Life, Theology

COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism

 ελληνικά |  ру́сский  |  српски Translations of this essay are also available in Arabic (pdf) and Georgian. In this brief editorial, I try to explain what underpins the widely spread belief that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through the communion of the holy Gifts. This belief is based on the assumption that the Body and Blood of…

Continue reading
Do the Sacraments Prevent Illness?
Liturgical Life

Do the Sacraments Prevent Illness? A Survey of Liturgical Sources

ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски The global COVID-19 crisis has ignited a number of difficult discussions among Christians. The method used to distribute Holy Communion is fiercely debated. In the Churches that remain open, many Protestants and Catholics are withholding the cup, so faithful are receiving in one kind only, the body of Christ. In…

Continue reading
Maternal Body
Theology, Women in the Church

Maternal Body

About a decade ago I found myself pregnant with triplets halfway through work on a PhD in theology at the University of Virginia. My husband and I had thought long and hard about having a third child, so the joke was on us when—to our total surprise—we learned at a routine ultrasound that I was…

Continue reading
How Catholics Have Always Believed and Taught Deification
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

How Catholics Have Always Believed and Taught Deification

Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox all have an unfortunate habit of thinking that deification is somehow the exclusive provenance of the Orthodox. This claim is unfortunate not only because it has no basis in reality, but because it blinds us to the riches to be discovered in the tradition and because it slows down ecumenical progress….

Continue reading
Beyond the Binary
Gender and Sexuality, Liturgical Life

Beyond the Binary Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender

Much like gender itself, Orthodox understandings of gender span a spectrum of diverse views. Many who address “the problem of gender” or the “role of women in the church” rely on an assumption that any theological interpretation of gender is necessarily situated along a cisgender binary. Simply, individuals with male bodies identify as “men” and…

Continue reading
Science, Truth, and the Current Political Climate
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Science, Truth, and the Current Political Climate

Orthodox involvement in world affairs is increasingly becoming necessary; a faith that cares about “true worship” must be ready to defend not only spiritual Truth but the truths that underlie it as well. Orthodox Christians, and indeed most religious traditions, value truth and truthfulness. For Orthodox, there should be no division between the truths we…

Continue reading
The Power of Sexual Purity
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

The Power of Sexual Purity

In this modern day and age, when sexual promiscuity – i.e., any sexual relations outside marriage – abounds all around us, why would anyone choose to live in sexual purity? How could refraining from all sexual relations outside of marriage ever be more fulfilling, more satisfying, than having sexual adventures before getting married, and perhaps…

Continue reading
Religion and Politics

The Disarray and Hope of Our Post-Election Abortion Politics

Pro-lifers, despite being in the clear majority of the country, are now politically homeless. 73% of Americans want abortion to be broadly illegal after week twelve of gestation, but for the US Congress, a 20-week limit—a modest threshold that makes European restrictions look pro-life—seems impossible to achieve. Senate Democrats still have the capacity to filibuster…

Continue reading
On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?

On April 22, 2016, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church issued a decision containing its objections to the draft document of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church on “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece took a similar…

Continue reading
Global Orthodoxy

Ownership by All, Control by None

This post is excerpted from a speech given at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary on January 31, 2016. A recording of the speech can be found at Ancient Faith Radio. The Orthodox Church, the second largest Christian tradition, if it is not to remain a footnote in the annals of modern history, needs a governance system…

Continue reading
Disclaimer

Public Orthodoxy seeks to promote conversation by providing a forum for diverse perspectives on contemporary issues related to Orthodox Christianity. The positions expressed in the articles on this website are solely the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

Attribution

Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University