Interview with Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America [AUDIO]

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio | By Fr. Josiah Trenham AFR podcaster Fr. Josiah Trenham serves as a member of the Secretariat of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He was commissioned by that body to conduct interviews with each of the Hierarchs in the Assembly of Bishops over the course of the next year. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Court Rules Against St. Basil Academy in Tuition Dispute

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Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas ALBANY, NY – The New York State Court of Appeals on January 5 ruled against St. Basil Academy on its long standing dispute with the Garrison school district regarding tuition fees for those of St. Basil children that are not Garrison residents. The unanimous opinion, delivered by Judge Pigott, described that “this appeal presents the question of whether a school district is obligated to pay for the educational costs of the children living … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Wrangles with Russian Church Over Ephraim Jailing

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Source: The National Herald ISTANBUL (AMNA) - The Ecumenical Patriarchate criticized the "intervention" by the Patriarch of Moscow in its affairs through statements and demarches made in favor of Vatopedi Monastery abbot Ephraim, reiterating that Mt. Athos belongs under the Church of Constantinople's jurisdiction. An announcement issued at the Phanar after Tuesday's meeting of the Synod stresses that Mount Athos is "normal territory" of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. "It is comprised … [Read more...]

The Diocese of Mexico: Forty Years of Ministry and Mission

Metropolitan Jonah celebrating the Great Blessing of Water

Source: Orthodox Church in America MEXICO CITY, MEXICO [OCA] Faithful arrived early at the Cathedral of the Ascension here on Sunday, January 8, 2012, as His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presided at the Divine Liturgy and celebrated the Great Blessing of Water marking the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Concelebrating with Metropolitan Jonah were Bishop Alejo of Mexico; diocesan clergy from as far as Monterrey and Guadalajara; priests from the US who offer assistance to the diocese, … [Read more...]

Construction of Orthodox Center in Paris to begin in 2012

Centre Spirituel et Cluturel Orthodoxe Russe a Paris

Source: Interfax MOSCOW. Jan 3 (Interfax) - The construction of a Russian Orthodox culture and religious center in Paris will soon be started, Russian presidential property manager Vladimir Kozhin said. "A contract has already been signed with the company Bouygues, which will build the center. The work with the drawings is under way now. The construction itself will begin after the New Year's," Kozhin said in an interview with Interfax. A project presented by Manuel Yanovski's Society … [Read more...]

Toward an American Orthodox Historical Narrative

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Source: Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas | By Matthew Namee On December 30, we published an article by Daniel Silliman on the search for a narrative for Orthodoxy in America. As Daniel observed, mainstream religious scholars have paid precious little attention to Orthodoxy, and even we Orthodox haven’t done much to flesh out the narratives that shape our history. I’ve done a fair bit of thinking over the years about overarching historical narratives. While I tend to … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Celebrates Divine Liturgy at DC’s ROCOR Cathedral

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Source: Orthodox Church in America With the blessing and invitation of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington D.C., with the Cathedral’s Rector, Archpriest Victor Potapov on Sunday, January 1, 2012. ROCOR and OCA clergy concelebrated. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy and New Year’s … [Read more...]

Spiritual Security, the Russian Orthodox Church, & the Russian Foreign Ministry: Collaboration or Cooptation?

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Source: Journal of Church and State | Rev. Dr. Daniel Payne Introduction Upon the recent death of Patriarch Alexey II of Moscow and All Russia, Sergei Lavrov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry (RFM), stated, “It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of the Primate of the Church to strengthening the positions of our Fatherland in the world and enhancing the international prestige of Russia.”1 First and foremost, the signing of the 2007 Act of Canonical Communion of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Searching for a Narrative for Eastern Orthodox in America

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Source: Daniel Stilliman Blog | Daniel Watch American Religious Studies and American Religious History for even a little while, and you'll see a developing, evolving way of talking about different groups. Go back -- not too far, even -- and one finds almost all the attention given to denominational organizations, and everything framed in terms of continuity or discontinuity with Boston Puritanism. It's not like that anymore. Just in recent years, the account of Islam in America is … [Read more...]

Disputed Voting Turns Church, a Kremlin Ally, Into Its Critic

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin with Patriarch Kirill I, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, in May.

Source: New York Times | Sophia Kishkovsky MOSCOW — Among the thousands of Russian voices raised against the Kremlin this month after parliamentary elections widely dismissed as fraudulent, perhaps the most surprising was that of Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who defended popular protests as a “lawful negative reaction” to corruption. Always a reliable pillar of support for the government of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin and his United Russia Party, the … [Read more...]