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Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 The nation’s theological schools and seminaries find themselves facing an uncertain future. As enrollments decrease, financial debts mount, and skepticisms rise concerning the value of their degrees, institutions of higher theological education should consider seeking to successfully improve their situations by prudently inviting another school to merge their hands to the plow of partnership. Theological schools and seminaries are fundamentally academies for/of God’s chosen vicars. Initially mentioned in the Old…

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church began its work on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade. by Aurelian Iftimiu The Serbian hierarchs gathered to examine the issues on the agenda under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej. New Statutes for the Church’s organization Change of official title We recall that at a previous session of the Bishops’ Synod, the question of changing the statutes for the organization and functioning of the Serbian Orthodox Church was raised. One of the changes announced was the addition of the phrase “Patriarchate of…

Source: National Catholic Register NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Francis cautions Catholics not to ‘meddle’ in ecclesiological conflict between the Orthodox Church of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church. Victor Gaetan The accelerating dispute in Ukraine between two Orthodox Churches — the Church of Constantinople, a historic Church with spiritual prestige, and the 140-million-member Russian Orthodox Church, a powerhouse in terms of membership muscle, political clout and wealth — is ominous because it forecasts conflict in a country already suffering a “fratricidal” war, to use Pope Francis’ term. The Russian Orthodox Church broke Eucharistic communion with the Church of Constantinople Oct. 15 in response…

Source: ROMFEA In the last months, we are witnessing a very dangerous and seemingly unjustifiable crisis which erupted within our Church. The reason of this crisis is the imminent granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine or rather the creation of an autocephalous Church in Ukraine. It seems that inter-Orthodox relations are a major issue in our days, and although union with the other Christian dogmas is the goal, the Orthodox, although they ascertain love between them, they de-construct this love in their life; they proclaim the union of the blessed sacrament between them but they practice the opposite.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America 09.26.2018 09/016 To the Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: Christ is in our midst! I write in reference to recent developments respecting the Orthodox Church in Ukraine which have received much media attention. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has been closely following these developments inasmuch as they have an impact in our own communities. Many of our parishes have been affected by the painful historical ecclesiastical divisions that have existed in Ukraine for decades. In recent years, these ecclesiastical divisions have been overtaken by…

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University is internationally known for its intelligent, sophisticated understanding of Orthodoxy. Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou and Professor George Demacopoulos are often interviewed for their expert commentary on Orthodox history, theology, and culture. As tensions persist between His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, media outlets around the world turn to the Orthodox Christian Studies Center co-directors for their analysis of the Ukrainian autocephaly crisis. Co-Directors’ Expert Commentary on Ukrainian Autocephaly “Orthodox Church Leaders Duel Over Ukraine, Meet With Pope Francis”…

During their Fall Session at the Chancery in Syosset, NY, October 23 through 26, 2018, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops confirmed the nomination by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of St. Vladimir’s Seminary Professor Archpriest Alexander Rentel as chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. The appointment of Fr. Alexander was made in accordance with Article VI Section 2 of the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America and endorsed by the Metropolitan Council at a special meeting on Thursday, October 18. He succeeds Archpriest John Jillions, who has served as Chancellor since 2011 and who was recently…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Fall Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America was held at the Chancery from Tuesday, October 23, 2018 through Thursday, October 25, 2018. As reported earlier, the gathering opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, at which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided, after which the OCA’s outgoing officers were especially recognized for their years of devoted service to the Church. The Holy Synod invited the diocesan chancellors and treasurers to participate in their first session, which focused on matters related to…

Source: The Tablet by John Chryssavgis Orthodox disunity It is tempting to consign the rift between Constantinople and Moscow – this time over autocephaly in Ukraine – to competition within the Orthodox world over power and jurisdiction. The reality is more complex. Beyond the multifaceted religious intrigue lie murky geopolitical ramifications. The matter transcends any exercise of right or even the simple exhibition of might. The issue of the autocephaly (literally, “self-headed”, or self-governing) of the Church in Ukraine, along with questions of the validity of orders and sacraments, are vital to Orthodox unity, but they pale before the isolationism and…

Source: The Conversation by Alexander Titov The Moscow Patriarchate recently announced that it is breaking its ties with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, triggering what is potentially the biggest split in the Orthodox Church in a thousand years. So why is one of the great defenders of Christianity tearing itself apart? The tussle between Moscow and Constantinople is over Ukraine, and Constantinople’s declaration on October 15 that the Ukrainian church is no longer part of Moscow’s patrimony. And behind this is Ukraine’s divided national identity – and the woes of its current president. There have long been two main Ukrainian identities: Eastern Slavic (or Little Russian)…

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