Tag: Coronavirus

The Orthodox Response to COVID<span class='secondary-title'>Failures in Both Theology and Leadership?</span>
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Orthodox Response to COVIDFailures 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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What Happens When Scholars of Orthodoxy Write about White Christian Nationalism
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

What Happens When Scholars of Orthodoxy Write about White Christian Nationalism

In December of last year, I wrote for Public Orthodoxy on the Philip Ludwell III Orthodox Fellowship, an effort that uses myth of the Lost Cause to evangelize the American South. Responses to my piece were robust and diverse. I enjoyed learning from many of the readers who engaged with my work. Yet some of…

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

Coping, Scapegoating, Menacing: Christians in Pandemic India

by Nidhin Donald | 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…

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Two Kinds of Risk in the Church
Christian Practice, Theology

Two Kinds of Risk in the Church

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски By now, it would almost be commonplace to observe that the COVID pandemic has created (or perhaps, rather, it has apocalyptically exposed) a cultural rift within the contemporary Orthodox Christian community. As a pastor, I have experienced this division firsthand, and I know of…

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Christians in India Call for Prayers as the Deadly Pandemic Surges
Public Life

Christians in India Call for Prayers as the Deadly Pandemic Surges

by Rev. Dr. Raju Varghese | български  | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has struck India with more than 400,000 COVID cases per day, the death toll reaching its peak, to the point where people are dying in the streets, and hospitals are at…

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Community or “Comspoonity”?
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Community or “Comspoonity”?

Ελληνικά | Русский One of the greatest impacts of the current pandemic is the effect it has had on interpersonal relations. The inability to embrace or hold a friend’s hand, the need for “social distancing,” and the knowledge that anyone we meet is potentially the carrier of a deadly disease all contribute to a feeling of…

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Reflection on Faith and Science in Light of Covid-19
Religion and Science

Reflection on Faith and Science in Light of Covid-19

български | Ελληνικά Science seeks truth in the natural world through observation and experimentation. Scientists are driven by curiosity, which encourages inventive thought, leading them to discover how nature works. Science is a tool to penetrate into the unknown physical world, which at first might seem incomprehensible. However, scientists know that within this perceived obscurity…

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Ready for the COVID Vaccine?<span class='secondary-title'>An Orthodox Perspective</span>
Ethics, Religion and Science

Ready for the COVID Vaccine?An Orthodox Perspective

ελληνικά | Română COVID has changed the lifestyles of almost every American (and even most citizens of the globe) since March 15 when quarantine orders, stay-at-home orders, mask orders, work limitations, social distancing, and many other such measures began. In many locations, these orders are in effect “until a vaccine for COVID is available.” The presumption…

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From One Spoon to Many
Liturgical Life

From One Spoon to Many

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orthodox Church has found itself in an existential crisis. The situation has challenged our traditions and even the way that we receive Holy Communion. One of the points of disagreement that has arisen concerns the manner in which Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful from the…

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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…

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COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown
Liturgical Life, Public Life

COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown

ελληνικά These have been unsettling times. I have been forced by the events of the last several months to face up to several disconcerting truths. When the COVID-19 lockdown orders were issued, they had a common element.  Churches were not deemed “essential.” Liquor stores, pot distributors, and lottery sales were deemed essential. Commercial air travel and protests…

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Pandemic and the Holy in Russia
Liturgical Life

Pandemic and the Holy in Russia

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский Like churches in other parts of the world, the Orthodox Church in Russia has struggled to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The question became particularly intense at the end of the Great Fast. Even though Church and state authorities had called on people to remain home, many devout believers, even…

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Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life, Uncategorized

Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский | српски When Archbishop Iakovos stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965, he was maligned by many Greek Americans who took offense that their Archbishop would “fraternize with Civil Rights agitators.” Fifty-five years later, opinion has shifted dramatically. Iakovos’ march alongside MLK is widely regarded as one of…

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Orthodox Apocalypse: Judgment and Hope for Orthodoxy in the Time of Coronavirus
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Orthodox Apocalypse: Judgment and Hope for Orthodoxy in the Time of Coronavirus

Ελληνικά | Română Coronavirus has descended on our world as an apocalypse, a whirlwind destroying the shelter of our fixed verities, ripping the roofs off our traditions and throwing into the blaze of the sun the hidden sins and fragilities of our institutions. This whirlwind has caught the Orthodox world in the midst of an…

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Disease, Community, and Grief in a COVID-19 World
Public Life, Theology

Disease, Community, and Grief in a COVID-19 World

ελληνικά Some years ago, I was on a high-speed Acela to New York one morning when, in Connecticut, a woman in her early 60s apparently fainted while waiting at the crossing barriers. Recently discharged from the hospital, she was the primary caregiver for her grandchildren, ages 4 and 2, and was now, with great caution…

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The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology

ελληνικά The Orthodox Church and scientific knowledge typically parallel each other. In the event that a reconciliation appears unreachable between the Church and science, it signals that it is time to reconsider past traditions in light of current scientific evidence. Science cannot in any way dictate Orthodox theology, but rather provides a contribution to the…

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Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times?<span class='secondary-title'>Reflections in the Aftermath of an Unprecedented Easter</span>
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life

Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times?Reflections in the Aftermath of an Unprecedented Easter

As a Greek Orthodox living in the Western world and experiencing this new “Corona era,” one feels that Orthodoxy needs to decide today, globally and locally, on the following: to what extent do we, as Orthodox Christians, truly believe that Christ is the Son of God, the Son of Man? For what we have been…

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“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic
Church History, Liturgical Life

“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic

ελληνικά | ру́сский In recent weeks, Church authorities have been looking for historical precedent to find ways of continuing ministry to the faithful and maintaining worship in churches during a time of global pandemic—because, as others have pointed out, closing houses of worship and ceasing to serve the Liturgy is not an option for the…

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We Are under Care, Not at War<span class='secondary-title'>For a New Metaphor for Today</span>
Public Life

We Are under Care, Not at WarFor a New Metaphor for Today

Ελληνικά No, I will not resign myself. This is not a war; we are not at war. Ever since the dominant narrative in Italy and in the world about the pandemic has assumed a war terminology—that is, immediately after the health situation in any given country changes drastically for the worse—I have been looking for…

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Giving Shelter to God from Suffering
Theology

Giving Shelter to God from Suffering

ελληνικά | ру́сский After Passover and Easter, in the midst of a pandemic none of us could have expected or prepared for, there is a remarkable woman who can give us vision and stability, who can help us to do good despite all the terror due to the Covid-19 virus. She speaks from another time…

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Faith, Reason, and the Eucharist<span class='secondary-title'>A Reflection in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis</span>
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Theology

Faith, Reason, and the EucharistA Reflection in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis

Much has been written and posted on line lately about Holy Communion and how it is to be distributed/received vis-à-vis the COVID-19 crisis. In light of this, it is interesting that little attention has been paid to the relationship between faith and reason. The overriding reason for this omission is related to an understanding of…

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The Russian Orthodox Church and Coronavirus<span class='secondary-title'>Rethinking the Question of “Relevance to the System”</span>
Public Life, Religion and Politics

The Russian Orthodox Church and CoronavirusRethinking the Question of “Relevance to the System”

ελληνικά | ру́сский In some respects, the global coronavirus crisis has brought to light ruptures that in normal times were often dismissed as marginal problems of small groups. Unresolved and underestimated social injustices became obvious and were recognized as threatening more than just the existence of the respective groups. A similar effect of the coronavirus…

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Compassion in Crisis: Challenging a Culture of Injustice
Ethics

Compassion in Crisis: Challenging a Culture of Injustice

ελληνικά Compassion is the highest virtue! proclaims Gregory Nazianzen in a homily on illness and poverty. Embrace the sick without fear of contagion—leprosy in his case—and care for the poor, for they are Christ to you. Therefore, “Let us visit Christ, let us heal Christ, let us feed Christ, let us clothe Christ, let us…

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The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being

ελληνικά | српски The recent reappearance of the ancient terror of a pandemic has prompted fertile conversation among theologians and literary people across the world. Various opinions have been articulated, such as that disease can be transmitted through the current way of distributing holy communion, or that the Eucharistic Gifts themselves can be bearers and…

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When Icons Make You Sick<span class='secondary-title'>Religious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination</span>
Culture and Arts

When Icons Make You SickReligious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination

ελληνικά | Română | српски The publication of this essay coincides with the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Saturday, April 26, 1986. In March 2020, we were asked to work from home because of the pandemic of coronavirus. We could not even imagine how quickly the situation would escalate to a global lockdown. Looking at…

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Communion Beyond the Eucharist in Pandemic Time<span class='secondary-title'>Pondering Questions with Fellow Ministers of the Eucharist</span>
Liturgical Life, Public Life

Communion Beyond the Eucharist in Pandemic TimePondering Questions with Fellow Ministers of the Eucharist

ελληνικά As everyone ponders their particular and usual roles, during the pandemic, ministers of Church rites strive to creatively answer their specific charge to assemble the faithful and execute time-worn rituals, so that communion, as we understand it, remains uninterrupted.  In light of this new normal, however short-lived, perhaps now is the time to reflect…

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God, Evil, and COVID-19
Theology

God, Evil, and COVID-19

ελληνικά Our current pandemic has brought us face-to-face with the reality of human mortality, our susceptibility to disease and death. We no longer confront death in the abstract: its long hand has reached out to our communities and, in some cases, even touched our families. In our big extended family called the Church, we have…

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Doing Holy Week at Home During COVID-19
Liturgical Life

Doing Holy Week at Home During COVID-19

Ελληνικά Many Christians around the world have come to realise over the last few weeks that this year’s Holy Week and Pascha will be somewhat unlike any that they have previously experienced, on account of the current viral pandemic. Very many churches are now closed, with services cancelled or in-person participation restricted to a select…

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The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness
Christian Practice

The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness

ελληνικά | ру́сский  I’ve always admired the early monks and nuns of the desert literature. Not because they discovered ways of escaping the reality of paying taxes. Not only because their words were inspirational and their prayer transformative. And not primarily because they withstood the power of the empire and the test of time. But…

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The Presence of Christ in our Homes on Holy Week and Pascha
Christian Practice, Theology

The Presence of Christ in our Homes on Holy Week and Pascha

ελληνικά  | Română |  ру́сский When COVID-19 first arrived on the scene as a nuisance, and not a pandemic, the Churches responded by making slight alterations to the rite of receiving communion. Catholic and Protestant Churches instructed people to refrain from partaking of the cup, and the people exchanged the sign of peace without handshakes….

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