Halki Summit II to focus on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word,” June 8-10

Halki Summit II to focus on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word,” June 8-10

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is hosting the second Halki Summit on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word.” Co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University, the summit will be held on the island of Halki from June 8-10, 2015. Continuing the legacy established by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for over twenty-five years, Halki...

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Metropolitan Kallistos: The Theologian’s Task Is Never Complete

Metropolitan Kallistos: The Theologian’s Task Is Never Complete

In a recent ceremony, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Post-Graduate Studies in Russia bestowed a doctorate honoris causa on His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. The Metropolitan took the occasion as an opportunity to reflect on the nature of Orthodox theology. He also discussed his sources of...

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A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

Editor’s note: St. Catherine’s Vision issued the followed press release on November 25, 2014. “A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess” has been published by St. Catherine’s Vision, an international, Pan-Orthodox fellowship of Orthodox women theologians and other lay servant-leaders. The document is addressed to...

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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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“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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Anglicans and Copts and an Agreed Statement

Anglicans and Copts and an Agreed Statement

In October of this year, as reported by the Anglican Communion News Service, the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission held its third meeting at the Coptic St. Mark’s Center in Cairo. The Commission consists of Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians who met with a view to resolving the Christological differences which...

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Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

By Savva Alexandrou Saint Gregory Palamas, speaking in general about the prophets, as also the Fathers of the Church, notes: “God raised up the Prophets and the Fathers unto our guidance and He showed signs and wonders to us through them, so that He could correctly lead us up to...

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Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

I don’t know many languages, but in each one, there are words that I wish we had in English. The same is true in different dialects (for instance, I’m sorry that the word “y’all” isn’t commonly used by non-Southerners). But that desire to co-opt vocabulary is never more pronounced than...

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Για ένα μόνο προσεύχομαι

Για ένα μόνο προσεύχομαι

Ενας σπουδαίος γερμανός θεολόγος είπε κάποτε τούτα τα λόγια: «Δέν μέ πειράζει ἄν στά τέλη τῆς ζωῆς μου χάσω τήν δύναμη τοῦ σώματός μου καί δέν μπορῶ νά περπατήσω. Δέν μέ πειράζει ἄν χάσω τά αὐτιά μου καί δέν ἀκούω. Ἄν χάσω τά μάτια μου καί δέν βλέπω. Ἄν τά...

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Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I

Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I

In his first book against the Arian heretic Eunomius of Cyzicus (d. 393), St Gregory of Nyssa (333-393) demonstrates a balanced appreciation for both the limitations and the importance of rational argument in theology. Modestly denying his own philosophical powers, he observes that “there are thousands in the Church who...

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