Tag: Maria Skobtsova

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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Outside the Camp: Opportunities and Opposition
Orthodoxy and Modernity

Outside the Camp: Opportunities and Opposition

The recent dustup over Archbishop Elpidophoros borrowing the historic St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City for a celebration of the Divine Liturgy and then subsequently meeting with its rector, Bishop Dean Wolfe, highlights the perennial debate among Orthodox about how we ought to relate to outsiders. Throughout church history some have seen threats…

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Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova
Christian Practice, Theology

Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova

Since the beginning of modern times, monastic spirituality has had to face both extreme fundamentalism and extreme liberalism, or in postmodern times, relativism.  One reason is an incomplete or incorrect understanding of the human person and human identity. Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), an Orthodox nun who left Russia after the 1917 revolution and settled in…

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