Tag: Race

In the Image and Likeness of God
Orthodoxy and Modernity

In the Image and Likeness of God Let’s Talk About Orthodoxy and Race

One morning not long ago I sat down at a table in a Midwestern university’s special collections library, eager to spend several days working through a cart packed with anniversary books and commemorative pamphlets published by Orthodox parishes and dioceses across North America. These kinds of booklets are invaluable in my work as a historian,…

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Racism and Otherness
Public Life

Racism and Otherness

български | ქართული | Română | Русский | Српски This essay was first published in Greek at Polymeros kai Polytropos, the blog of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. In our time, racism has many faces. Sometimes it manifests itself in a more visible way and other times in an invisible way. Whether it is racism of gender, race, religion…

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Black Voices in the Orthodox Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Black Voices in the Orthodox Church

Black Americans make up a tiny percentage of Orthodox Christians in the United States. Considering how difficult it is for someone from our American culture to convert to the Orthodox faith, it makes the stories of the seven Black individuals in the most recent issue of Jacob’s Well—a magazine of the Diocese of New York…

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Jacob Blake and My Struggle with God
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Jacob Blake and My Struggle with God Divine Love and the African American Mind

On the morning of August 24, I was hot! I woke up as I usually do—to the morning’s light, with stares from my cat, awaiting his early meal. I turned on Morning Joe and opened up my iPhone’s newsfeed. This is what I saw: Black man shot multiple times by Wisconsin police; video of incident…

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The War on Drugs and Systemic Racism
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The War on Drugs and Systemic Racism Why Christians Should Care

Ελληνικά The “War on Drugs” has been a bi-partisan effort spanning several decades that is one of the key components of “systemic racism” and anti-blackness in the United States and elsewhere. The roots of the War on Drugs lie in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, but it did not…

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A Confession of Racism by a Southerner
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A Confession of Racism by a Southerner

ελληνικά  As I sit holding and examining the print of the famous painting “The Last Meeting of Lee & Jackson” by E.B.D. Julio, I reflect on my own racism and prejudices that I grew up with as a Southerner. I feel as Wendell Berry wrote about, The Hidden Wound, inside me and the South, the…

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Fear Then, Action Now: A Response to “Full and Understanding Support”
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Fear Then, Action Now: A Response to “Full and Understanding Support”

It is encouraging to see young scholars and emerging Greek Orthodox leaders entering the conversation about anti-racism. In a posting in this forum, Nikolaos Piperis and Stavros Piperis, scholars at the Creighton University School of Law and Youth Directors at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Omaha, Nebraska, contribute to the discussion from…

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Deifying Bodies of Color
Culture and Arts, Theology

Deifying Bodies of Color Coloniality, Iconography, and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Ελληνικά Amid a nationwide BLM movement calling for the removal of statues and monuments that enshrine, even glorify, the genocidal, colonizing, enslaving, and imperialistic past of the United States, well-known BLM activist Shaun King tweeted that “The statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down” and in his next tweet…

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The Many Faces and the Many Colors of Christ
Culture and Arts, Theology

The Many Faces and the Many Colors of Christ In Response to "White Jesus and Shaun King"

I know and am friends with Addison Hodges Hart, author of “‘White Jesus’ and Shaun King,” published at Public Orthodoxy on June 26, 2020. And I should also note that I am in full agreement with Fr. Hart’s main thesis there: Notwithstanding the fact that the historical Yeshua of Nazareth, as a first century, Palestinian Jew—and therefore, of…

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St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic
Church History

St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic

Română | ру́сский In the midst of pandemic and protests over racial injustice, it is important to remember that the connection between disease and racism in North America is not a new one: Europeans extended their domination over the land and the indigenous populations that lived on it in large part through their decimation caused…

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“Full and Understanding Support”: A Response to “The Wrong Side of History”
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“Full and Understanding Support”: A Response to “The Wrong Side of History”

ελληνικά We are thankful to hear from two distinguished Greek Americans, Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Dr. George Demacopoulos, who recently published an essay about the injustices African Americans face. The authors encourage us to step into their shoes, and we agree that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has a role to play in the struggle for…

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My Letter to a Young White Friend
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My Letter to a Young White Friend

A cherished friend—a religiously unaffiliated but morally earnest young white woman who recently completed her first year at a prestigious American university, where she majors in Astrophysics—recently wrote to me to tell me that, in light of George Floyd’s murder, she is making every effort she can to educate herself about the dynamics and the…

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The Interfaith Community and the Crisis of Racial Injustice and Inequity
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Public Life

The Interfaith Community and the Crisis of Racial Injustice and Inequity

ελληνικά On June 4, the leadership of four interfaith organizations—Religions for Peace USA, Parliament of World Religions (PoWR), United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY)—issued a statement: “This Perilous Moment: A Statement from Religious Leaders and Communities on the Crisis of Racial Injustice and Inequity and Current Protests.” This statement…

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What Can Be Done?
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What Can Be Done? A Former Prosecutor on Systemic Injustice

ελληνικά A few years ago, I retired from the Massachusetts criminal justice system. I had worked for twenty years, first as a courtroom clerk in criminal sessions and then, for ten years, as a prosecutor. As a white female, it was my experience that our criminal justice system was stacked against people of color. It…

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Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life, Uncategorized

Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский | српски When Archbishop Iakovos stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965, he was maligned by many Greek Americans who took offense that their Archbishop would “fraternize with Civil Rights agitators.” Fifty-five years later, opinion has shifted dramatically. Iakovos’ march alongside MLK is widely regarded as one of…

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Roma Inclusion in Romanian Orthodoxy: Too Little Too Late?
Culture and Arts, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Roma Inclusion in Romanian Orthodoxy: Too Little Too Late?

April 8 is celebrated worldwide as the International Roma Day. Romani people both honour their culture across the world and commemorate the centuries of persecutions and mistreatment in light of present Romaphobia and persistent discrimination against the most vulnerable ethic group in Europe. On this occasion, the Archbishop Andrei of Cluj-Napoca celebrated the liturgy both…

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Racism: An Orthodox Perspective
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Racism: An Orthodox Perspective

The primary goal of the Orthodox Christian is to struggle toward theosis—deification. The word theosis often conjures up images of a super hero like Thor or a Greek god like Zeus. When St. Athanasius proclaimed that “God became human so that humans can become gods,” he was not envisioning super-human strength, nor was he envisioning…

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Deafening Silence
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

Deafening Silence

Three years ago, a scandal broke out. An outspoken white supremacist by the name of Matthew Heimbach was received into the Orthodox Church on Lazarus Saturday. A few days later, on Bright Monday, Heimbach and his cohorts from the Traditionalist Youth Network (a white supremacist group affiliating itself with Orthodoxy) beat up a protester at…

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Orthodoxy and Race in Light of Trump’s Inauguration
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodoxy and Race in Light of Trump’s Inauguration

On March 15, 1965, something momentous occurred. Martin Luther King Jr. marched down the streets of Selma side by side with various important religious and social leaders to memorialize the deaths of two civil rights heroes. With him marched Archbishop Iakovos—the only white bishop who had responded to the call to march. The three marches…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, the son of Alberta Williams King and Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. King’s childhood was happy and secure, though all too early he was made aware of the hurts inflicted by racism. Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he entered the…

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