Tag: Hierarchy

Ethnicity Tears the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church Apart<span class='secondary-title'>Prime Minister Ahmed forced to talk to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church </span>
Public Life, Religion and Conflict

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

by Habtom Yohannes | 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…

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Why Have You Forgotten the Truth of God?<span class='secondary-title'>An open letter to the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church</span>
Documents, Ethics, Religion and Conflict

Why Have You Forgotten the Truth of God?An open letter to the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

  Your Eminences! My letter is addressed to the Orthodox bishops in Russia. I have intentionally not collected signatures or involved any Church structures or public organizations, because I am addressing not the episcopal body, not the leaders of the Moscow Patriarchy, but each of you personally. My letter’s addressee is an Orthodox Christian who…

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Episcopolatry
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecclesiology

Episcopolatry

We Orthodox need to ask ourselves some hard questions about the episcopal ethos that has come down to us from Byzantium and was then magnified in the Russian tradition. This was an aspect of Orthodoxy that for his entire life troubled Fr. Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944), one of the most prolific Orthodox thinkers of the 20th…

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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”

by Regina Elsner | 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…

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Filaret’s Final Act and the Future of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine
Orthodoxy and Modernity

Filaret’s Final Act and the Future of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko In the four months that have elapsed since the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) granted autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), the process of adjusting to the new situation has been challenging for both the OCU and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The OCU has been enduring the growing…

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Episcopacy and Hierarchy
Ecclesiology, Theology

Episcopacy and Hierarchy

by Mark Arey For many years now, the word “hierarch” has become a catch-all when referring to bishops with differing titles (e.g. Archbishop, Metropolitan, Auxiliary Bishop). Many of us have had that moment of discomfort when we address a “hierarch” and get their salutation or title wrong! The reactions can range from neutral indifference to…

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Bishops and Synods: Testing the Spirits
Church History, Ecclesiology

Bishops and Synods: Testing the Spirits

In modernity and postmodernity, bishops and synods have taken varying approaches to testing the spirits and ascertaining what is needed for the renewal of pastoral ministry. The task engaged by the participants in the symposium hosted by the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess on October 6-7, 2017, was to consider how the Church might…

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