UUTISET: Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

UUTISET: Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality. Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights...

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President Obama Meets with Patriarchs and Bishops

President Obama Meets with Patriarchs and Bishops

OCN received a copy of the above photograph today, after a team from OCN attended the IDC Summit in Washington, DC, this week. The accompanying letter notes that President Obama met with these Patriarchs and Bishops for 40 minutes, together with his National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Deputy National Security...

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The Eucharist: Its Structure

The Eucharist: Its Structure

Despite some talk about our “timeless unchanged Liturgy,” the Orthodox Divine Liturgy actually has undergone a number of changes since the days of the apostles, and even from the days of the second century. This is a good thing, for everything that lives changes and grows and develops. The prayers...

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O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

Perhaps I am preaching to the choir when I say that the older I become, the more I come to see that our world is full of paradoxes. Contradictions of all sorts abound in our lives — between individuals and their behavior, among ideologies and political systems, and so forth....

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