Tag: Forgiveness

Ethnicity Tears the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church Apart
Public Life, Religion and Conflict

Ethnicity Tears the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church Apart Prime Minister Ahmed forced to talk to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church

ελληνικά | Русский What initially seemed an internal conflict between the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EtOTC) and an Oromo breakaway synod of 28 bishops, has developed into an open clash between the Ethiopian government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the EtOTC. The current struggle is actually a scramble over who…

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To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality, Liturgical Life

To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image

On July 9, 2022, Archbishop Elpidophoros, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, baptized the children of celebrity fashion designer Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis in a church near Athens. Reactions to the news of the baptism of children of a same-sex couple were predictable. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of…

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Rebuild Ukraine: The Long March to Becoming Fully Human
Christian Practice, Religion and Conflict

Rebuild Ukraine: The Long March to Becoming Fully Human

The quiet cadence of prayer and fasting as Lent began was shattered with the invasion of Ukraine. Forgiveness Vespers was ridden with sorrow and disbelief. There was no escaping the sadness and helplessness as we prayed. As I quietly mouthed the words to “Open to Me the Gates of Repentance,” the full meaning of the…

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Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt
Christian Practice

Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.                                                                          Troparion, Tone…

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Will There Be a Confessing Church in the ROC?
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

Will There Be a Confessing Church in the ROC?

Русский For centuries, the Orthodox Church has taken the side of its state leadership in times of war, and the further it departed from the pacifism of the first centuries of Christianity, the more militant the rhetoric of the Church became. But the tragic events of the twentieth century posed questions for the Church to…

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Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic
Christian Practice, Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic

Ελληνικά | ру́сский When Archbishop Elpidophoros submitted an encyclical regarding COVID-19 to his faithful on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, what I found more scandalous and tragic than the pandemic itself was the judgmental and self-righteous voice from so many “faithful” (both clergy/hierarchs and laity) who spoke against…

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Our Problem with Forgiveness
Theology

Our Problem with Forgiveness

ελληνικά | ру́сский People really like Hell. Or at least they really like the idea of Hell. And many are positively gleeful at the notion of some or another of their fellow human beings being tormented forever in its fiery furnaces (that’s right, forever, for eternity, for an expanse of time the human mind cannot fully…

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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…

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A Time for U.S.-Russian Repentance?
Religion and Politics

A Time for U.S.-Russian Repentance?

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Orthodox churches throughout Russia on Sunday, February 26th. In the church that I attended, the priest spoke of a God who invites humans to confess their sins and make a new start. As dozens of flickering candles cast gentle shadows into the darkened room, he bowed his head…

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Repentance and Healing
Christian Practice, Religion and Politics

Repentance and Healing

Following the November 8 election of Donald Trump to the presidency, Fr. John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, published an essay on this blog urging Orthodox Christians to work towards the healing of the many societal fractures exposed by the 2016 election. The work of healing, he argues, is a Christian imperative…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Relations of the Orthodox Church with “Uniates”

A Plea for Removing One More Skandalon in an Increasingly Scandalized World 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. Allow me to begin by suggesting that today’s “new circumstances and challenges” referenced in…

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