Tag: Divorce

To Leave or Not to Leave One’s Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care

To Leave or Not to Leave One’s Church

“…For there must be also heresies/divisions among you, that they which are approved/tested-and-proved-reliable may be made manifest among you.” (1 Cor 11: 19) In this “Time of Troubles” of the Orthodox Church, many Orthodox Christians, particularly those in the Moscow Patriarchate, are contemplating either changing “jurisdictions” or taking a time out from the whole church…

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Christian Teaching on Sexual Morality
Bridging Voices Project, Gender and Sexuality

Christian Teaching on Sexual Morality

This essay is part of a series stemming from the ongoing research project “Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Identity and the Challenges of Pluralism and Sexual Diversity in a Secular Age,” which is a joint venture by scholars from Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the University of Exeter, funded by the British Council, Friends of…

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Oikonomia for the Majority – Akriveia for the Minority
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality

Oikonomia for the Majority – Akriveia for the Minority

One of the Orthodox Church’s greatest strengths is the pastoral care used to nurture the faithful.  The authority to offer spiritual care is vested in the bishop and extended to the local community through the parish priest; the spiritual father of a particular flock. Through the sacrament of Holy Confession, pastoral counseling, and living among…

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Not a Cross to Bear
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics

Not a Cross to Bear Domestic Violence, Coptic Christianity, and the Need for Accountable Theology

On the 18th of May, 2019 G., a Coptic female nurse living in Sydney, Australia was suffocated by a plastic bag and stabbed seven times as she was leaving the hospital after completing her night shift. The murderer was her husband. Insider information suggested that on the 16th of May, a high-ranking member of the…

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The Ukrainian Church: A Multigenerational Divorce
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity

The Ukrainian Church: A Multigenerational Divorce

In the last few days, a number of announcements appeared about the Ukrainian Church controversy. After President Poroshenko announced that the unification council will take place at St. Sophia Cathedral on December 15, a spurious text that appeared to be some version of the statute for the Church drafted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) circulated…

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The Benedict of History versus The Benedict Option
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

The Benedict of History versus The Benedict Option

Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has much to commend it. Among other things, it aptly recognizes that the landscape of American religious practice is rapidly changing and in some depressing ways. It affirms that a faith divorced from real-life practice is useless. And it recognizes that Christians benefit when they mine their ancient traditions….

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Is the Russian Orthodox Church Pushing Battered Women into Feminism?
Religion and Politics, Women in the Church

Is the Russian Orthodox Church Pushing Battered Women into Feminism?

As expected, President Putin signed the law decriminalizing family violence, shifting certain offenses from criminal to administrative proceedings. Ostensibly this was done to bring the law into compliance with changes to the criminal code that had redefined assaults that do not result in “substantial bodily harm” from criminal to administrative violations. The change was decried…

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Holy and Great Council

Marriage, Family, and Scripture

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The title of the working document “The Sacrament of Marriage and Its Impediments” appears to promise a meaningful teaching on the spousal relationship. Instead, much…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Holy and Great Council

Pastoral Challenges for Marriage in Contemporary Orthodoxy

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. In preparation for the Great and Holy Council to be held on Crete in June, 2016, the Orthodox bishops have issued a preconciliar document on…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Holy and Great Council

Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Marriage and Its Impediments

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The document on marriage does not refer to its long and complex history and accompanying theology. What is offered to the faithful and to the…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Holy and Great Council, Liturgical Life

Reflections on the Document “The Sacrament of Marriage and Its Impediments”

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. According to the theological vision of the Church, the bond of love is to be found at the core of marital life. Marriage is viewed…

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Liturgical Life

A Perspective on Marriage from the Canonical Tradition

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. When examining marriage, starting with the liturgy provides an antidote from a legalistic affliction, which is easy to…

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