Tag: Syria

Does Europe Have a Christian Basis for Actively Supporting Ukraine against the Evil Attack?
Religion and Conflict

Does Europe Have a Christian Basis for Actively Supporting Ukraine against the Evil Attack?

ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски I, Bohdan Oghulchanskij, a priest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, am writing this text on February 27, 2022, the fourth day of the Russian mass invasion. I can’t know what will happen by the time this text gets published. I have poor mobile communication, and…

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Shaking the Tree of Anthropocentricity
Religion and the Environment, Theology

Shaking the Tree of Anthropocentricity

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски “Rejoice, tree of leafy branches,under which believers are sheltered …Rejoice, O wood most blessed!”Akathist to the Cross, Oikos 7 Rocking around the Christmas tree in my little Norwegian hometown, I got to thinking how the Christian world is filled with trees. Not only the…

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Caste as a Protected Category and Indian Christianity
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Public Life

Caste as a Protected Category and Indian Christianity

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски It is time for Eastern rite Catholics and Orthodox Christians in the United States to join hands and fight against casteism. Members of the community must support initiatives to make caste a protected category at schools, colleges, and universities as well as in the…

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Why Do Theological Pluralism and Dialogical Ethos Matter for Orthodoxy?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

Why Do Theological Pluralism and Dialogical Ethos Matter for Orthodoxy? The Volos Academy for Theological Studies Blog “In Many and Various Ways”

български | ქართული | Română | Русский | Српски This post was originally published in Greek on the new blog of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, πολυμερώς και πολυτρόπως (“In Many and Various Ways”). Read the Greek original. Because, as the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us, in many and various ways God spoke…

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Getting Along in Hard Times
Culture and Arts, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Getting Along in Hard Times The "Sad" Microcosm of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски One afternoon last week, a wave of profound sadness came over me, prompted by a video I had viewed. A fairly new documentary on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection (or Anastasis), was released to me and fellow…

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Eliminating Armenians from Artsakh: Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Perpetual War against Armenia
Religion and Politics

Eliminating Armenians from Artsakh: Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Perpetual War against Armenia We Cannot Afford the Media's False Equivalences

български | Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски Note: Because of the urgency of the current situation in Armenia and Azerbaijan and the importance of providing reliable background information, the following essay is an exception to our typical length and op-ed format and includes an extensive excerpt from an academic journal article. Since Sunday,…

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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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Government Report Highlights Policy Priorities for Middle Eastern Christians
Documents, Religion and Politics

Government Report Highlights Policy Priorities for Middle Eastern Christians

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released its 2020 Annual Report. As Christian persecution intensifies across the globe, the report provides much needed data and findings from high-persecution regions, such as the Middle East. Importantly, it also recommends the worst violators of religious freedom at the governmental level to the Department…

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Was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the First Person to See the Risen Lord Outside the Empty Tomb?
Biblical Studies

Was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the First Person to See the Risen Lord Outside the Empty Tomb?

In Orthodox icons of Jesus’s empty tomb and resurrection, it is common to see Mary the mother of Jesus depicted as one of the myrrhbearing women. A related theme, although perhaps depicted less frequently in icons, is that the Virgin Mary saw the risen Jesus outside the tomb. Indeed, some Orthodox Christians today insist that…

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The Divided House of Middle Eastern Christians
Church History, Public Life

The Divided House of Middle Eastern Christians

The current situation is bleak for Christians in the Middle East, largely split between the Oriental and Byzantine rites.  They are hemmed in by dictatorships, sidelined by political Islam and exploited by militia groups while their pleas for aid are generally disregarded by Western powers. Yet despite their dwindling numbers and waning influence, petty squabbles…

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Orthodox Christians in the Middle East
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Orthodox Christians in the Middle East

  Orthodox churches in the Middle East are facing their gravest existential threat since the Arab Conquest. The church communities in Christianity’s historic cradle are faced with shrinking flocks due to the lure of immigration, threats of sectarian violence, and increasing societal marginalization. With fewer members and less clout, church leaders have bet their waning…

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Chrétiens d’Orient, 2000 Ans d’Histoire: A Major Exhibit in France
Church History, Culture and Arts

Chrétiens d’Orient, 2000 Ans d’Histoire: A Major Exhibit in France

I spent over an hour there, in that small rotunda, about twenty feet across. Display cases of manuscripts in Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian encircled me, the only one of the museum’s patrons to linger so long in that spot. The rest of the exhibit, outside this temporary cloister, was equally worthy of attentive study,…

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Women for the Church
Christian Practice, Liturgical Life, Women in the Church

Women for the Church

It is a very happy time for many Orthodox Christians across the globe since the order of the female sub-diaconate was re-installed in Alexandria, Egypt by Patriarch Theodore of the Greek Orthodox Church of all of Africa this past February 2017, where he ordained five women to the female diaconate (although without laying on of…

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Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?
Religion and Politics

Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

President Trump’s executive order on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized on policy and moral grounds. But while criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications, which has received wide criticism, should…

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Holy and Great Council, Religion and Politics

Brexit and the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church: The Return of Nationalism

During the last weeks of June 2016, two major international events took place, namely the ‘Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church’, on the island of Crete (June 16-27), and the British referendum that narrowly voted to leave the European Union (June 23). At first sight, the two events are unrelated. One is the…

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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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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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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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