Fr. Mark Arey Discusses Episcopal Assembly Updates [AUDIO]

HT: Byzantine, TX Fr. Mark Arey discusses events related to the Assembly of Canonical Bishops in North America. He also discusses the recent pan-Orthodox Chambésy meeting and what disagreements were aired there (e.g. authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, process of gaining autocephaly, order of the diptychs, etc.). Listen here: … [Read more...]

Highly Visible Russian Church to be Built in Paris

Here the Russians could learn something from Americans: Don't build contemporary Churches; in 20 years the structure looks horribly dated. (The French should remember the Pompidou Center. The staircase looks like a tube torn out of a walk through aquarium, the vents like they belong on the Titanic.) The model of the Church looks like a high-end boutique, lots of glass and pictures (icons in this … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and the Death Penalty [AUDIO]

On March 9, 2011 the Governor of Illinois signed a law banning the death penalty in his state, commuting the death sentence of 15 prisoners on death row. In the current episode of The Illumined Heart, Fr Peter-Michael Preble, a staunch anti-death penalty advocate, and host Kevin Allen discuss the pros and cons of capital punishment from an Orthodox perspective. Listen here: Podcast courtesy … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jenson: The Orthodox Church and Civil Society

Source: Koinonia Much like the Catholic Church, Mainline Protestant denominations and Evangelical Christians, the Orthodox Church is struggle to decide whether or not Christ has called us to take an active or a passive role in the world. By his example, Metropolitan Jonah has said we should be active–even proactive–while his critics, either out of fear of, or agreement with, the … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of Gay Marriage

This is very interesting. Does it really work? Would it work for Christians? Is it the right way to approach the question? Source: Hareetz.com | HT: Cranach: The Blog of Veith Ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel have come up with an acceptable form of gay marriage: gay men marry lesbians. Rabbis from the religious Zionist community have launched an initiative to marry gay men to lesbian … [Read more...]

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