Tag: Racism

Orthodox America Has a Lost Cause Problem
Public Life

Orthodox America Has a Lost Cause Problem

For more than a decade, researchers have excavated the fascinating story of Philip Ludwell III, an Anglo-American convert to Orthodox Christianity who lived in colonial Virginia during the mid- to late-eighteenth century. A friend to Benjamin Franklin, cousin to Martha Washington, and a member of one of Virginia’s most established and well-connected planter families, Ludwell…

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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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Jacob Blake and My Struggle with God
Public Life

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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Racial Injustice and Trinitarian Suffering
Public Life, Theology

Racial Injustice and Trinitarian Suffering

Ελληνικά I discovered Andrei Rublev’s The Trinity icon ten years ago and have been using this icon for prayer ever since. I especially turn to the Trinity (both the icon and the Father, Son and Spirit) during times of crisis. Given the COVID-19 Pandemic, coupled with the racial violence that seems to have been magnified in…

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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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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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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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