Tag: Holy and Great Council

The International Orthodox Theological Association: Conciliarity from Below
Global Orthodoxy, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The International Orthodox Theological Association: Conciliarity from Below

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский The Holy and Great Council of Crete (2016) demonstrated that pan-Orthodox gatherings are possible in our time. The Council also made manifest global Orthodoxy’s enduring tensions and divisions. The delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch did not attend the Council primarily because of its broken communion with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The delegation…

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The Crisis of Orthodox Multilateralism
Global Orthodoxy

The Crisis of Orthodox Multilateralism

The contemporary Pan-Orthodox conciliar process appeared in parallel to the creation in 1920 of the first global, political and multilateral institution, the League of Nations, which later became the United Nations after the Second World War. This correlation is even more apparent when we look at the well-known Encyclical of the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued in…

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On Ecumenoclasm: Who Can Be Saved?

Orthodox ecumenists and anti-ecumenists both start from the same fundamental ecclesiological principle, succinctly expressed in an anti-ecumenical statement of the Sacred Community of Mount Athos in April 1980: “We believe that our holy Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, which possesses the fullness of grace and truth.” But pro-ecumenical…

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Ecclesiology, Women in the Church

Bishops in Council: Are They Representative?

It is commonly understood in the Orthodox Church that the bishop represents the Church, particularly within its conciliar life. But can he truly represent the Church, in its diversity, in every way and context? The bishop represents the Church in at least two ways: (1) He distinguishes the local manifestation of the Universal Church from…

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Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodox Theology and Economic Morality

While a leader in environmental theology, the Orthodox Tradition lags behind others when it comes to modern social and economic thought. Economic science has been by and large ignored, if not dismissed, in official and unofficial statements, revealing a troubling disregard for the dignity of this science and a troubling willingness to speak about important…

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Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Defending Human Dignity

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 authors of ‘The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World’ are to be commended for framing our shared ecclesial mission as one of…

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Christian Practice, Holy and Great Council

Reflection on “The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today”

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 accordance with Orthodox Christian scriptural and patristic tradition, fasting finds its origins in the divine commandment given in paradise (Gen 2.16-17; St. Basil, On…

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Christian Practice, Holy and Great Council

Fasting, the Church, and the 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. Reflecting Jesus’s own Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7)—a passage which has been and remains the standard of Orthodox Christian ethics—the preconciliar document, “The Importance…

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Christian Practice, Holy and Great Council

Fasting Reaffirmed

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 draft of the Holy and Great Council’s document, The Importance of Fasting and its Observance Today, affirms the importance of fasting for the spiritual…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Relations of the Orthodox Church with Other Christians and Their Communities

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. As recognized in the Chambésy pre-conciliar document, relations between the Orthodox Church and other Christians are challenging and complex. They are challenging because of the…

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On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?

On April 22, 2016, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church issued a decision containing its objections to the draft document of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church on “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece took a similar…

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Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue

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. Scripture describes ecclesial division as harmful to Christ’s flock, and something that requires correction (1 Cor. 1.10-13; 12.25). The continued absence of full communion between the…

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Ecclesiology

Ten Days, Fourteen Delegations: Some Thoughts on the Format of the Upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council

The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox council is conceived as a council of delegations of all universally recognized autocephalous churches, which are headed by their primates. In reality, the difference between the Pan-Orthodox council and the synaxis of primates is insignificant. The Pan-Orthodox council format assumes that one delegation has one vote and decisions are made by consensus….

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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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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian 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. We have joyfully received the text of the Pre-Conciliar document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World and the…

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Holy and Great Council, Liturgical Life

On Consensus: A Canonical Appraisal

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. A key component of the document “Organization and Working Procedure” is the requirement for unanimity for the approval of any texts or amendments. The primates…

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Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Some Comments on the Mission Document by Orthodox Missiologists The Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metropolitan Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES)

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. Without denying the importance of the other pre-conciliar documents, the one on mission is of extraordinary significance. Not only because the Church exists for the…

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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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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Holy and Great Council

Life-Bearing Love: A Too Risky Vision

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 upcoming Great Council, decades in the making, is an opportunity for Orthodoxy to present to the world a vision of the fruitfulness of love…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Holy and Great Council

Sexual Purity and the Vocation of Marriage

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 sacred nature of the God-established union and its lofty spiritual content explain the Apostle’s affirmation in Heb. 13:4. That is why the Orthodox Church…

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Global Orthodoxy, Holy and Great Council

The Orthodox “Diaspora”: Mother Churches, Mission, and the Future

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. Among the issues to be heard by the Orthodox Churches at the June 2016 Great and Holy Council in Crete is the situation of the…

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Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Science

The Mission of the Church in an Age of Modern Science and Pluralism

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, “Mission of the Church in the World,” was released in preparation for the upcoming Holy and Great Council to be held in June…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

When the Pope and Patriarchs Go Island Hopping: Cuba, Lesbos, and Crete

In the effort to draw the world’s attention to the refugee crisis, Patriarch Bartholomew invited Pope Francis to meet on the island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This is the fifth meeting between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch in the last three years, beginning with Bartholomew’s unprecedented participation at Francis’ inauguration in…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Global Orthodoxy, Holy and Great Council

In the Hope of Restoration of Communion between the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches

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. We wish to bring attention to one of the items not specifically included on the Great and Holy Council’s agenda or in its preconciliar documents:…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Orthodoxy and Ecumenism in View of the Upcoming Great and Holy Council

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. Some members of the Orthodox Church, who regard ecumenism as a heresy, have been predictably critical of the preconciliar document “Relations of the Orthodox Church…

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Orthodoxy, Human Rights & Secularization
Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodoxy, Human Rights & Secularization

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 Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” offers a clear reaffirmation of the “dignity and majesty of the human person” (1.1) in Christian…

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Holy and Great Council, Women in the Church

Women and the Great and Holy Orthodox Council

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. As preparations continue for the Great and Holy Council set for Pentecost 2016, we eagerly look for the inclusion of women in the Council proceedings….

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