Tag: Body of Christ

Who Guards the Guardians?
Ecclesiology, Theology

Who Guards the Guardians? Who Speaks for the Church?

In recent days several articles have appeared on this site raising profound, difficult, and unsettling questions. Sr. Vassa bravely asked whether “heresy” is a charge that can be applied to the “Edict” of the XXV “All-World Council of the Russian People,” approved under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on March 27, 2024, concluding,…

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The Orthodox Response to COVID
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Orthodox Response to COVID Failures in Both Theology and Leadership?

Archdeacon John Chryssavgis has recently commented on the way in which, during the COVID pandemic, many of the leaders of the Orthodox Church have “been almost paralysed by division among themselves and by their isolation from the outside world.” He relates this paralysis to a number of important issues, but does not comment in detail…

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Father Pavel Florensky, <i>Philia</i>, and Same-Sex Love
Theology

Father Pavel Florensky, Philia, and Same-Sex Love

български | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends.-John 15:15 (RSV) Father Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) is one of modern Orthodoxy’s intellectual giants. The scope of his erudition was breathtaking, covering not only philosophy and theology, but also mathematics, physics, linguistics, art, cultural history…—he is…

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Eastern Orthodox Clergy: An At-Risk Population
Church Life and Pastoral Care

Eastern Orthodox Clergy: An At-Risk Population

ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски “I know how weak and puny my soul is. I know the magnitude of this ministry and the great difficulty of the work. More stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales that trouble the sea.”  (St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood) At the end of the…

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Father Sergius Bulgakov: Personhood, Inequality, and Economics
Religion and Politics, Theology

Father Sergius Bulgakov: Personhood, Inequality, and Economics

български | Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски In a recent piece in the New York Times, Jamelle Bouie writes: Our society was built on the racial segmentation of personhood. Some people were full humans, guaranteed non-enslavement, secured from expropriation and given the protection of law, and some people – blacks, Natives and other…

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The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the Church
Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the Church A (telephone) conversation with Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas (March 23, 2020)

ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски We wish to hear your views on the current situation, since your theology plays a great role in the present circumstances. Metropolitan John: My theology, unfortunately, cannot be applied. In Greece they have already closed the churches, and the Divine Liturgy is not being served. Is it served in Serbia?…

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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…

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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…

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The Problem with Gendering Epiphany Celebrations
Women in the Church

The Problem with Gendering Epiphany Celebrations Student Submission

Epiphany, observed on January 6th, celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ and the historic manifestation of the Holy Trinity. Liturgically, the Church commemorates the Feast day with a Blessing of the Waters service at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. For many communities, this service transitions from the church to a nearby open body of…

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A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess
Women in the Church

A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский These essays are part of a series on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from talks delivered at the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church Conference” in Irvine, California in October 2017.   Diaconal Service in Church Administration and Governance I have…

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Shared Ministry and Divine Grace: Restoring the Diaconate in Orthodoxy
Liturgical Life, Women in the Church

Shared Ministry and Divine Grace: Restoring the Diaconate in Orthodoxy

The Orthodox world is buzzing with the recent news report on the ordination of deaconesses in the Patriarchate of Alexandria. To the best of our knowledge, the ordination occurred after the Divine Liturgy in the nave of the temple, and appears to resemble the rite used to ordain subdeacons. This rite includes the presentation of…

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Liturgical Life

Challenges for Restoring the Byzantine Female Diaconate for Present Times

Pope Francis’s recent call for a commission to explore the possibility of reinstating the female diaconate in the Catholic Church resonates with over a century of similar calls among leaders and laity of the Orthodox Church. These calls for restoring the female diaconate within the Eastern Orthodox Church have been supported by prominent theologians and…

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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…

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Liturgical Life

Blessing Canonically Anomalous Marriages: The Need for Consistency

This essay was originally delivered as a public talk at the June 2015 Fordham/OTSA conference on the upcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. It was part of a panel on canonical impediments to marriage. According to Orthodox canon law and theology, the ideal Christian marriage among laypeople is union between faithfully practicing…

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