Tag: Holy and Great Council

Orthodox Reformation
Theology

Orthodox Reformation

As the Orthodox Church prepares to convene its Holy and Great Council, the Protestant world is getting ready to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be celebrated next year. While at first glance these two events seem to have nothing in common, they are linked by a common desire to bear witness…

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Innovation in the Guise of Tradition
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Innovation in the Guise of Tradition Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Great and Holy Council

Image: Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus 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 documents approved by the Primates of the Church for the Great and Holy Council are not particularly controversial. They…

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Holy and Great Council

The Great and Holy Council and the Implications of the Consensus Method

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 “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World” was adopted as a draft text last October by the…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

The Great and Holy Council of Crete and Orthodox-Catholic Relations

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 forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete, planned for June 2016, will ratify several important documents, including “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of…

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Ecclesiology, Global Orthodoxy

Phyletism and the Case for Ukrainian Autocephaly

In my previous post, I introduced the Ukrainian problem and its significance for the forthcoming Great and Holy Council to be held in Crete in June 2016. Having argued that the movement for autocephaly in Ukraine originated nearly one-hundred years ago and is beginning to mature only in this post-soviet period, a formidable obstacle to…

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Ecclesiology, Global Orthodoxy

The Great and Holy Council and the Ukrainian Problem

As the Orthodox Churches continue preparations for the Great and Holy Council, which will take place June 16-27, 2016, in Crete, one of the primary unresolved problems is the schism of the Church in Ukraine. While the council itself did not formally address the Ukrainian matter, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow stated that the council will…

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Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Global Orthodoxy

Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis?

We live in historic times. About a week ago, the leaders of the Orthodox Churches announced their commitment to hold the Pan-Orthodox Council on the island of Crete in mid-June 2016. The failed attempts to organize such a council for more than fifty years have been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably the…

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Ecclesiology

By What Authority? Conciliar Authority in the Church

The long-awaited pan-Orthodox council will be upon us in a few short months. If all goes ahead as announced, representatives of each of the fourteen universally-recognized autocephalous Orthodox Churches will meet on the island of Crete for two weeks at the feast of Pentecost to discuss and either agree or refuse several carefully prepared documents….

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Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Great Synod of the Orthodox Church and Christian Unity: Another View

Orthodox Christians throughout the world exhibit a range of different attitudes towards other Christians and with respect to the cause of inter-Christian relations more generally. It is commonly assumed however that the Holy and Great Council planned for 2016 is meant to reaffirm the case for Christian reunification as well as the manner of its…

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Can Anything Good Come out of a Pan-Orthodox Council?
Ecclesiology, Global Orthodoxy

Can Anything Good Come out of a Pan-Orthodox Council? A Response to Detractors

The Patriarchate of Constantinople has been at the forefront of planning a Great and Holy Council, which will gather together the leaders of all fourteen self-governing Orthodox Churches. While the Council has its share of supporters, there are influential groups within the Orthodox Church that oppose the Council for political and theological reasons. What are…

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Global Orthodoxy

New Orthodox Geopolitics

The Orthodox Church is a complex geopolitical reality, and does not constitute a homogenous block. On the contrary, the rise of irredentism during the 19th century has created the basis for constant fragmentation throughout the 20th century. A series of historical events have reduced the territory of Orthodox communities, leading local populations to leave for…

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Modern Challenges to Traditional Orthodox Perspectives on Marriage
Liturgical Life, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Modern Challenges to Traditional Orthodox Perspectives on Marriage

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. It will no doubt be useful for the Council to focus on harmonizing canonical impediments to marriage—especially marriages…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Ecumenical Relations and the Pan-Orthodox Council

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 ecumenical relations. “A household divided against itself falls.” This seems an apt proof-text for the 1920 encyclical of the Patriarch of Constantinople…

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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Political Nestorianism and the Politics of Theosis

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 “The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples.” In addressing how the Orthodox…

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Orthodoxy and Modernity

Religion and Science as a Pastoral Issue

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 “The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples.” The science-religion interface is an…

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