Tag: Eastern Orthodoxy

Marriage, Family, and Scripture

book cover for Toward the Holy and Great Council: Theological Reflections

by Bryce E. Rich, Fr. Robert M. Arida, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, David Dunn, Maria McDowell, and Teva Regule  Note: This piece was originally published on the Public Orthodoxy blog of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University and subsequently reprinted in Toward the Holy and…

Strange Bedfellows Scapegoat Russia’s Gays

Gay Pride in St. Petersburg, Russia

It's been a busy few months for anyone paying attention to issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia.

This summer the Russian parliament passed a bill prohibiting the so-called "promotion of nontraditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors, a euphemistic expression replacing language in the initial bill which more explicitly prohibited "the promotion of homosexual relations." The new law gives no explicit definition of "promotion," resulting in an environment where Russia's mass media has curtailed any reporting that might portray LGBT people or their relationships in a positive light.

In persona Ecclesiae

Bishop Hilarion

While the contemporary Eastern Orthodox fixation on the bishop runs just as deeply as the Roman Catholic tradition, there are differences in the iterative understanding of the episcopal role in the Lord's Supper. The modern Eastern tradition shares the understanding…