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When an Orthodox Christian in North America begins to ask questions regarding female ordination to the priesthood, she or he is almost inevitably pointed to the work of Frederica Matthews-Greene (hereafter ‘FMG’) to help settle her or his concerns, in particular, “On the Ordination of Women.” She is one of the few Orthodox writers to consistently address contemporary issues in an accessible manner, and approaches this topic with the definitive answers of someone who is an authority on the subject, who knows what she is talking about. She is hardly alone in either her content or method, as virtually any popular or internet conversation on the topic demonstrates.

The problem is, her writing on the topic of the ordination of women reflects no such expertise or knowledge. Instead, it exemplifies and enshrines contemporary popular piety regarding gender and complementarity, and the sort of ad mulierem attacks that serve…

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On the Feast of the Nativity

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Christmast Eve, December 24, 2013

Text Preview: I don’t know if you knew Professor Jaroslav Pelikan. He was a wonderful historian, a theologian, a Lutheran who converted to Orthodoxy in the last part of his life. He was an amazing man. He said something that I’ve kept in my mind since I heard it: that “the problem with the church is that we have lost a sense of the cosmic Christ.” I was also reading in a book on Joseph Campbell. In the introduction, the author said, “society is not falling apart because we don’t have enough laws and because we aren’t enforcing them well. It is because we have no mysticism in our religion.”

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