April 20, 2014

Met. Jonah: Remembering the Least of These and Q & A on Orthodox Unity

Source: Ancient Faith Radio

Metropolitan Jonah


Metropolitan Jonah – Remembering The Least of These

Met. Jonah:

In Batumi – at the end of the Soviet period about 15 years ago, there were only two or three churches that were operative in the province…those that were operating were basically mostly empty and 80% of the population was Muslim. After 15 years and one zealous bishop they baptized 80% of the population into the Orthodox Church…they built 60 churches…they built a dozen monasteries…and how did they do this? First they built hospitals, first they built schools, first they built orphanages and nursing homes…and they showed the Church cares….and it’s palpable. The love of Christ..Christian charity…can turn back the tide of Islam.

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio

Q and A Following Met. Jonah’s Talk

Met. Jonah:

There are certainly two very distinct models.* And I believe one of the reasons it is so important for us to have a full voice in this whole process is so that our vision, that really is our inheritance, going back all the way to St. Innocent and before, that we have a single united church in this country, that has a single synod of bishops, that’s very important…what we need is a single synod of bishops that elects it’s own primate and… that is I believe the message that we need to convey to the rest of the church in this country. That’s also a message that I believe resonates not only in the OCA, but with the Antiochians, and with the Serbs and the Romanians and the Bulgarians and with the great bulk of faithful in the Greek Orthodox Church.

*Ed: The two models are 1) the American missionary model, and 2) the Constantinopolitan centralized control/feudal monarchy model.

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