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egyptindependent.com Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark sent a relief shipment to Lebanon, as a contribution from the Coptic Orthodox Church, to help ease the impact of the Beirut port explosion.
"In Russia, there is a widely spread superstition that August brings national-scale catastrophes." Fr. Cyril Hovorun on government paternalism and the Moscow Patriarchate's reaction to mass unrest.
publicorthodoxy.org by Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun In Russia, there is a widely spread superstition that August brings national-scale catastrophes. The mass protests in Belarus against Alyaksandr Lukashenka are seen as such a catastrophe for the regime of Vladimir Putin. Even though Mr. Lukashenka struggled to prese...
For the faithful who encountered the mystery of God in the liturgical world of Byzantium, and for believers today, could human emotions become divine emotions?
publicorthodoxy.org by Andrew Mellas What is emotion? Do emotions have a history? Who has emotion? Are emotions innate? These questions are far more complex than they might seem. Indeed, in recent years, scholars have explored how emotions were understood and enacted throughout history, investigated how emotional disco...
Christ’s Resurrection has transformed the experience of death for all of us, from any sense of fearful demise into a joyful threshold toward eternal life. A festal Troparion for the Feast proclaims this most clearly: “In giving birth you retained your virginity. In falling asleep you did not abandon the world, O Mother of God. You passed over into life, for you are the Mother of Life, and by your prayer you deliver our souls from death.”
publicorthodoxy.org by V.K. McCarty 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....
Over 500 years since the last Christian liturgy in Hagia Sophia, can we even begin to imagine the experience? With four balloons, an incredible interdisciplinary team, and Cappella Romana, Bissera Pentcheva has figured out how to give us a taste of chant in Hagia Sophia.
(Don't forget to register for our webinar next Wednesday with Prof. Pentcheva! https://forever.fordham.edu/s/1362/18/interior.aspx?sid=1362&gid=1&pgid=8762&content_id=9132&_ga=2.156146363.1430043005.1597262905-268298124.1482642333)
nytimes.com A team based at Stanford University used virtual acoustics to bring Istanbul to California and reconstruct the sonic world of Byzantine cathedral music.
One must ask then, should sacred art be sacred? Protected from the accidents of history? Or all art? And who decides what is sacred? Or for that matter, what is art?
publicorthodoxy.org by S.P. Bachelder As an artist, and an Anglican Catholic, I read with particular attention Addison Hart’s letter on the comments of Shaun King asking for the destruction of white Jesus. One must ask then, should sacred art be sacred? Protected from the accidents of history? Or all art? And who dec...
If the world is divided into Orthodox, heretics, and schismatics, where do Orthodox believers who believe in magic, the evil eye, and fate fall? What about Orthodox Christians who cannot distinguish heretical teachings from Orthodox dogma?
This is the start of an important conversation about worship and orthodox faith.
publicorthodoxy.org by Paul Ladouceur Orthodox pride themselves on belonging to the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” founded by Jesus Christ—and with good reason. Orthodox point to the loftiness of Orthodox theology, the beauty and solemnity of its liturgy, its mystical spirituality, the holiness of its...
Next week, tune in for our webinar with Bissera V. Pentcheva (Stanford), an accomplished and creative scholar of art history. Her work on iconography, chant, and sacred architecture is stunning!
Her work is informed by phenomenology, placing the attention on the changing appearance of objects and architectural spaces. She relies on film to capture this temporal animation stirred by candlelight. Another important strand of her work engages the sonic envelope of the visual: music and acoustics and employs auralizations that digitally imprint the performance of chant with the acoustic signature of the specific interior for which it was composed.
Don't miss this installment of Women Scholars of Orthodox Christianity.
Wednesday, August 19th | 4:00pm | via Zoom
Register here: https://forever.fordham.edu/s/1362/18/interior.aspx?sid=1362&gid=1&pgid=8762&content_id=9132
forever.fordham.edu The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the seventh episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Chri...
"Acts of conquest and nationalist 'triumphalism' are here understood as instances of tragedy, not the implementation of the divine will."
publicorthodoxy.org by Phil Dorroll Around midday local time on Friday, July 24th, the first Muslim Friday prayer service in over eighty years was conducted in Hagia Sophia, its status recently changed from a museum to a mosque. A key part of weekly Muslim congregational worship is the preaching of a sermon. In this ca...
"Seeing these reminders of the Civil War, or The War of Northern Aggression as some Southerners refer to it, engendered pride and belonging to the special status of being a Southerner...The focus on the religion of the Lost Cause must come to an end. The South lost the war for good reason, and it will not rise again."
publicorthodoxy.org by Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Payne As I sit holding and examining the print of the famous painting “The Last Meeting of Lee & Jackson” by E.B.D. Julio, I reflect on my own racism and prejudices that I grew up with as a Southerner. I feel as Wendell Berry wrote about, The Hidden Wound, inside […]
The Women Scholars of Orthodox Christianity webinar series continues next Wednesday with Prof. Elizabeth Prodromou (Tufts).
Her research interests focus on geopolitics and religion, with particular focus on the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Southeastern Europe. Her current research projects concentrate on cultural heritage and institutional religious freedom in Turkey, as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity in contexts of religious pluralism.
Wednesday, August 5 | 4:00 PM
forever.fordham.edu The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the sixth episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christ...
"The precarious status of immigrants––readily scapegoated as unpatriotic agitators and summarily punished––works as a powerful mechanism of social control. Immigrants were encouraged to long for the American Dream, but were not emboldened to exercise the civic freedoms promised by that very dream."
At the same time, Yiorgos Anagnostou (Ohio State), recognizes that European ethnic groups (Greeks, Poles) had the opportunity to Anglicize names and "become white," an option not open to Black Americans.
publicorthodoxy.org by Yiorgos Anagnostou It is encouraging to see young scholars and emerging Greek Orthodox leaders entering the conversation about anti-racism. In a posting in this forum, Nikolaos Piperis and Stavros Piperis, scholars at the Creighton University School of Law and Youth Directors at St. John the Bapt...
This is an interesting development. Will anyone outside of the Russian and Syrian governments see this as anything more than PR? Does this have potential to become a real shrine?
themoscowtimes.com The move aims to show the importance of "peaceful dialogue" between faiths.
"COVID-19 and Challenges in the Orthodox Church" (Webinar)
Co-hosted with the National Council of Churches
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) | Online webinar via Zoom
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University and the National Council of Churches USA are pleased to present the first of a series of webinars highlighting some of these ecclesial challenges. The discussion will also highlight how the Church is striving to meet these challenges, as well as the opportunity arising from this task for the Orthodox churches to do this ministry together.
The broadcast will be livestreamed and open to all who have pre-registered. The event will include some time for audience questions. This event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Nicholas Anton, Director of Operations, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A.
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Emil & Elfrieda Jochum University Chair & Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University
Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology & Radiology, Northwestern University
Register for "COVID-19 and Challenges in the Orthodox Church" here: https://goarch.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nUbTNXbqSf-KjwB4u_jC1A
goarch.zoom.us Covid–19 is a horrific disease. It is enveloping the world, with hundreds of millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. A cure is nowhere in sight, and a search for a vaccine is ongoing. The disease is challenging individuals and societies alike, in terms of social interactions, econom...
"Many argue that we live in a post-secular world, but this declaration is true only if it was true that religion ever went away. "
publicorthodoxy.org by Aristotle Papanikolaou “Secular” is a tricky word. Most associate it with “no religion,” “absence of religion,” or “decline of religion.” At one time, it was pretty much the consensus in the Western world that with increased modernization, which usually meant technological and s...
"Become for us a harbor and anchorage, for we are tossed about upon the sea of adversities."
If you cannot join your parish in praying the Akathist today, you can listen to Eikona's recording here:
Text and audio of a cantor can be found here:
goarch.org The Akathist Hymn is a Service of the Orthodox Church that invites the faithful to rejoice in the unique and sublime role the Virgin Mary played in the salvation of mankind.
Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich) of Herzegovina's essay on the occasion of the first prayers following Hagia Sophia’s reversion to a mosque, July 24, 2020. A personal, historical, and spiritual reflection on the context of today's mourning.
publicorthodoxy.org by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich) of Herzegovina This essay is published here on the occasion of the first prayers following Hagia Sophia’s reversion to a mosque, July 24, 2020. It was spring 1964—a difficult year for the Orthodox Greek brothers of Constantinople, because of the well-known anti-Gre...
Does the recent amendment to the Russian constitution reduce the Moscow Patriarchate to a national Church?
publicorthodoxy.org by Kristina Stoeckl As of 4 July 2020, the amendment to the Russian Constitution—first proposed by President Vladimir Putin in January, smoothly approved by the State Duma and Constitutional Court in March, and confirmed in a nationwide referendum with 78,56 per cent of votes—has taken effect. A...
Sign up today for our webinar with Mariz Tadros on Wednesday, who has written on important topics like the pastoral care of victims of domestic abuse and human rights in the midst of the Arab Spring.
Those joining us live will have the opportunity to pose questions to Professor Tadros.
Wednesday, July 22 | 12-1pm | via Zoom (register for the link)
forever.fordham.edu The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the fifth episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christ...
If you don't know Axia, take a look at their "Woman of the Week," Mother Katherine Weston, to get an idea of the voices that they are helping to highlight in Orthodoxy.
Mother Katherine Weston is our Woman of the Week. She was nominated for her work in racial reconciliation, her leadership of her monastery and of the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black, her iconography and writing, and her work as a psychotherapist. You can see her here with with three reliquary icons she painted for the monastery, holding an icon she restored. We asked Mother Katherine how she came into the Church:
“This is how the saints and the icons drew me into the Holy Orthodox Church: I was raised in the historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem where my father was rector. St. Philip’s boasts a soaring neo-Gothic nave; the arches of the hammer-beam roof sit on carved corbels, each in the likeness of a different saint. One of them is St. Mary of Egypt, now my patron saint in Orthodox baptism. I credit her for praying me into the Faith.
“St. Nikolai Velimirović, the Serbian saint of great eloquence, toured parts of the U.S. in the 1920s. This was some 30 years before my father’s tenure at St. Philip’s, but the saint spoke to a crowd of 1500 African Americans there, receiving a standing ovation. I credit St. Nikolai, who loved the children of Harlem, for praying me into the Serbian Orthodox Church.
“I touched the hem of the garment of the Church during my first bout with grad school in the ’70s. A neighbor used Byzantine icons and chant during his devotions and the beauty of these touched me deeply. This encounter with otherworldly beauty acted as leaven in my creative endeavors, quietly bringing a lighter, more hopeful tone to my artwork.
“When my interest in the Orthodox Faith kindled a decade later, I began studying how to paint icons and also visiting monasteries. My catechism was from a seminary textbook on dogmatic theology, but in a sense I painted my way into the Church. Then my friends started asking me to teach them to paint. So I was baptized into the Faith and tonsured a nun in 1988; in 1989 I started teaching others what I knew of iconography to enhance their faith as well.
“When I came to the St. Xenia Monastic Community in Indianapolis in 1992, I brought iconography with me and have been painting and teaching here ever since, although in-person classes are now suspended. A handful of my students have gone on to study with master teachers and become competent in their own right, but most paint because it is a form of prayer that nourishes them as it has nourished me all these years.”
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center supports academic research in the history, thought, and culture of Orthodox Christianity broadly understood. The Center has educational initiatives, including an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Orthodox Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowships, and a multi-year Henry Luce Foundation grant to study Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights. Visit www.fordham.edu/orthodoxy to learn more.
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