Tag: Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence, Faith, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Gender and Sexuality

Domestic Violence, Faith, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign takes off, it is an opportune time to revisit the role of faith and theology in addressing domestic violence. The relationship between faith/spirituality and domestic violence is not a simple one, but it is definitely one that should be understood with the nuance it deserves…

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Domestic Violence and Accountable Actions in the Orthodox Church
Ethics, Women in the Church

Domestic Violence and Accountable Actions in the Orthodox Church

My last essay spoke about breaking the silence around the invisible women in the Orthodox Church experiencing spousal violence and how we need accountable theology to stop the promotion of the notion that domestic violence is a cross to bear—but that both are essential but insufficient measures of redress. Here I probe further: How do…

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Fr. Raphael Morgan, the First Orthodox Priest of African Descent in America
Church History, Church Life and Pastoral Care

Fr. Raphael Morgan, the First Orthodox Priest of African Descent in America

Some of the readers of Public Orthodoxy may have read my book Turning to Tradition: Converts and the Making of an American Orthodox Church. Those who have will have heard of Fr. Raphael Morgan. Others might not have read the book, but may be aware of him, perhaps due to his Orthodoxwiki entry or an…

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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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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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“Beat Her When You Are Alone Together”
Religion and Politics

“Beat Her When You Are Alone Together” Domestic Violence in the Russian Tradition, Past and Present

On February 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law decriminalizing domestic violence. Now, the first instance of poboi—“actions which cause physical pain but do not lead to grave injury or loss of ability to work’’—will be treated as a misdemeanor rather than a criminal act. This means that the offender will incur a fine…

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