Ecumenism

Ecumenism

  “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Some of my favorite lines are from The Princess Bride.  This one, in particular is one I often hear in my head when I speak to people about Ecumenism and Ecumenical Dialogue. There...

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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Is There a Future for Ecumenism?

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Is There a Future for Ecumenism?

Below is a lecture by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, at the Universities of Winchester (5 February 2015) and Cambridge (6 February 2015).   Dear members of the faculty, students and guests of the university! I have been...

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Orthodox Institute at Cambridge Asks, “Christian Ecumenism: Does It Have a Future?”

Orthodox Institute at Cambridge Asks, “Christian Ecumenism: Does It Have a Future?”

In a few days the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge will be hosting a significant lecture by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. His Eminence will speak on the topic “Christian Ecumenism: Does It Have A Future?” Metropolitan Hilarion is the official representative of the Moscow Patriarchate in all of...

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Without the ‘Dialogue of Love’, there is no ‘Dialogue of Truth’

Without the ‘Dialogue of Love’, there is no ‘Dialogue of Truth’

The recent visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Thronal Feast of St. Andrew has attracted significant attention. Responses have varied greatly, from exaltation to condemnation to a shrug of the shoulders, as if this is yet one more “merely symbolic” event without any practical promise....

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Not Just A Photo Op

Not Just A Photo Op

This week, I leave once again to join the Patriarchal Support team that will assist with the commentary for the historic visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the occasion of the Thronal Feast of St. Andrew. My mind still has vivid memories of the Pilgrimage we covered...

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“That They Might Be One” Part 1: Unity in Faith, Diversity in Expression

“That They Might Be One” Part 1: Unity in Faith, Diversity in Expression

Few concepts are more universally controversial in the Christian world today than ecumenism. The word can conjure up all sorts of different ideas for different people, and yet still different opinions about those ideas. As might be obvious based on the title of this series, I am hoping to address...

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“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

Fr. Georges Florovsky (1893-1979) rose to international prominence as an Orthodox theologian at a time when there was great interest in Eastern Orthodoxy but exceedingly few resources to learn about the topic in Western languages. Florovsky’s work filled a tremendous void, introducing countless numbers of Western Christians to the history,...

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Orthodoxy and Inter-Christian Dialogue: 10 Principles from Fr. Georges Florovsky

Orthodoxy and Inter-Christian Dialogue: 10 Principles from Fr. Georges Florovsky

When we look at the problem of Christian division today, the recognition of present-day differences and disagreement is essential. We cannot pretend that we are all in agreement. But what should our response to disagreement be? Many Orthodox Christians on the internet move immediately to polemics or triumphalism, and exhibit...

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