The Russian state claims to be the defender of the Orthodox Christian faith. However, this latest ruling seems to be an utter denial of the mercy and compassion of Christ.

…having a form of godliness but denying its power…  (2 Timothy 3:5 NKJV/Orthodox Study Bible)


This was originally posted by a friend of a friend:

“Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members of the Trump Administration and 115th Congress,

One of the foundational teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church is that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Such a teaching resonates with foundational principles of the United States of America: that all humans are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights and dignity.
After one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history, I appeal to you to assure the American people that your presidency will continue to move our country forward toward the realization of our core principles: that all human beings must be affirmed as unique and irreplaceable. I ask that you use the power of the presidency to honor and value all Americans, over half of whom are women. I urge you to definitively disavow support from the various leaders and forms of white supremacist groups in the country. I plead with you to retract your order blocking Muslims from entering this country. I remind you that, as a Christian, affirming the uniqueness and irreplaceability of all human beings entails extending hospitality to the stranger, even if such hospitality entails risk.

Rather than a politics of divisiveness, please consider moving our country toward a politics of empathy where we are challenged to imagine what it would be like to be in the body of
a woman who has been physically assaulted;
a Muslim afraid to wear the hijab in public;
those who are fearful of a hate crime because of their sexuality;
individuals whose disability might subject them to mockery;
people of color who live in a country where slavery is its original sin and who endure continual suspicion due to the color of their skin.
Such a politics of empathy is part of what Orthodox Christians would call a politics of theosis—it is part of our struggle to love as God loves in the world.


Aristotle Papanikolaou
Professor of Theology
Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture
Co-Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center
Fordham University
Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate”

This past Sunday was the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, which means that the Lenten Triodion has been opened and we will soon be getting ready for the fast of Great Lent.



Public Orthodoxy

by Aristotle Papanikolaou

When it comes to voting, I had always thought that there was never a way for Christians to vote with clean hands. Regardless of party or candidate, a Christian could not vote without being implicated in supporting principles that are counter to Christian faith. And that’s how it should be: Christian witness points to that which is more than the political. Put another way, the political is something but it is not everything.

If Christian witness is to point to what is more than the political, then Christian responsibility is not done after we vote; it only intensifies after an election. No matter who is elected, Christians must always exercise a prophetic voice.

If Hillary Clinton had been elected, Christians would have had to exercise this prophetic voice—some would have focused on her failure to promote a consistent ethic of life, while others might have targeted her…

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