Tag: Virtue

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise
Christian Practice

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise For the Sunday of St. John Climacus

As ever-blooming fruits, you offer the teachings of your God-given book,O wise John, most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance;for it is a ladder from the earth unto Heaven that confers glory on the souls that ascend itand honor you faithfully.  (Kontakion—Tone 1) Have you ever found yourself…

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Origen among the Critics
Biblical Studies, Theology

Origen among the Critics

What has Alexandria—or Antioch, for that matter—to do with the Society of Biblical Literature? At first blush, it would seem like the quasi-scientific aspirations of source criticism, say, stand further from the exegetical habits of both Didymus the Blind and Theodore of Mopsuestia than either of their respective commentarial practices stood from one another. Theirs…

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The Sacrament of Adoption and the Orphan Crisis in Romania
Liturgical Life, Theology

The Sacrament of Adoption and the Orphan Crisis in Romania

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский |  Српски Recently, a newspaper article brought to the attention of the public a rather unusual request made by an Orthodox believer to his bishop in Romania. The believer asked the bishop why the Church is not doing anything about the situation of the thousands of…

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Saint Francis of Assisi: Icon of God’s Love for Our Troubled Times
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

Saint Francis of Assisi: Icon of God’s Love for Our Troubled Times

Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски Ah, life’s ironies! As it turns out, many of those who are against abortion (quite a few of whom are President Trump’s supporters) are making excuses for Trump’s decision to accept therapies derived from aborted fetal tissue as a (so-called) “cure” for COVID-19; and yet, many of those…

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Admiring the Theotokos at Her Dormition
Liturgical Life, Theology

Admiring the Theotokos at Her Dormition

It is a privilege to share the Dormition of the Theotokos with you,* especially since the Orthodox manner of regarding the Virgin Mary is in some ways, as on this happy feast-day, perhaps more evolved than in my own church. Mary is so deeply embedded in Orthodox devotion that she is praised in the Divine…

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Islam from an Orthodox Perspective
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Islam from an Orthodox Perspective A Review of Paragraph 56 of the Social Ethos Document

Ελληνικά When I first read paragraph 56 of For the Life of the World: Toward A Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church, I immediately had the sense that it represented a major step forward in Muslim-Orthodox relations. I think it is important to call special attention to this part of the text, because this paragraph…

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Women’s Gifts and the Diaconate
Women in the Church

Women’s Gifts and the Diaconate

The reinstitution of the ordained female diaconate in the Orthodox Church today would result in a much-needed and transformative outpouring of women’s gifts into the Church and into the world. In order to appreciate the positive potential of the female diaconate, we must understand the absolute parity of women and men in the eyes of…

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The Systematic Persecution of Religious Minorities in Turkey
Culture and Arts, Religion and Conflict

The Systematic Persecution of Religious Minorities in Turkey

Despite the world-wide recognition of the status of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as the spiritual leader of all Orthodox Christians, the government of Turkey will give no legal standing and status to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the historical Holy Center of Orthodox Christianity at the Phanar, in Istanbul. The lack of legal standing and status…

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A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess
Women in the Church

A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский These essays are part of a series on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from talks delivered at the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church Conference” in Irvine, California in October 2017.   Diaconal Service in Church Administration and Governance I have…

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The Power of Sexual Purity
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

The Power of Sexual Purity

In this modern day and age, when sexual promiscuity – i.e., any sexual relations outside marriage – abounds all around us, why would anyone choose to live in sexual purity? How could refraining from all sexual relations outside of marriage ever be more fulfilling, more satisfying, than having sexual adventures before getting married, and perhaps…

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