TEMPORARY (PARTIAL) SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITY

oldmanBeloved Masters, Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, and Friends in Christ our Saviour:

Starting today I need to devote the next six weeks to nonstop reading for my doctoral exams, the penultimate step before I dive into writing my dissertation.

There are three exams: the specialist exam on August 3, on the topic of my dissertation (Father Pavel Florensky’s “Friendship” as his intentional theology of same-sex love); the cognate (“related”) exam on August 17, on modern Orthodox theology from the late 19th century to the present; and the oral exam on August 31, a kind of oral defense of the two written exams.

For each written exam I have 24 hours (at home) to answer three essay questions for the specialist and two questions for the cognate. I’m expected to type about seven pages in response to each question—which is harder than you might think in that time span when you need to make every word count and not natter on to fill pages.

This means that Orthodoxy in Dialogue will go mostly (but not entirely) silent until mid-August. Keep reading us, and keep sharing your favourite articles with your friends!

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“YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.” SOME POSITIVE MOVEMENT ON THE JOSIAH TRENHAM FILE

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Metropolitan Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui) and Archpriest Josiah Trenham of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

From June 2018 to the present, Orthodoxy in Dialogue has published extensively on Father Josiah Trenham’s record of pastoral, spiritual, liturgical, predicatory, and oratorical abuses. Our work has included repeated appeals to Patriarch John of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America to do the following: apologize publicly for Trenham’s harmful actions, especially toward women and LGBTQ people; compel him personally to issue a public apology; order his entire “œuvre” removed from all internet platforms (Ancient Faith Ministries, Patristic Nectar, YouTube, et alia) until fully evaluated for its conformity with Orthodox faith, praxis, and ethos; and conduct an in-depth professional assessment of the emotional and spiritual health of his parish and family.

Privately, we have provided the hierarchy of the Antiochian Church with alarming evidence from the Trenham household—including, but not limited to, an incriminating photograph—that all is not well there. Read More


THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: ON CHASTITY, ASCETICISM, AND SEXUAL LIBERATION by Giacomo Sanfilippo

This brief reflection was submitted to Public Orthodoxy in May 2017, shortly after the appearance of Conjugal Friendship and three months before the launch of Orthodoxy in Dialogue, in response to The Power of Sexual Purity by Drs. David and Mary Ford. It has lain forgotten in an email file until now.

In his conversation with Nicholas Motovilov, St. Seraphim of Sarov offers a succinct elucidation of life in Christ:

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The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. As for fasts, and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good deed done for Christ’s sake, they are only means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God.

And again:

In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, when the foolish ones lacked oil, it was said: “Go and buy in the market.” But when they had bought, the door of the bridal chamber was already shut and they could not get in. Some say that the lack of oil in the lamps of the foolish virgins means a lack of good deeds in their lifetime. Such an interpretation is not quite correct. Why should they be lacking in good deeds if they are called virgins, even though foolish ones? Virginity is the supreme virtue, an angelic state, and it could take the place of all other good works. Read More


WE KNEW NOT WHETHER WE WERE IN HEAVEN OR ON EARTH

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Grand Prince Vladimir/Volodymyr of Kyiv (AD 958-1015) sent his emissaries to tour the world in search of the True Faith. Upon their return they reported to him as follows: 

Then we went to Greece [Constantinople], and the Greeks (including the Emperor himself) led us to the edifices where they worship their God, and we knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendour or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We only know that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty.

The Primary Chronicle
St. Nestor the Chronicler (AD 1056-1114)
Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv

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FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC: “ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY” MISLEADS AGAIN

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Earlier today Orthodox Christianity published a “report” entitled City of Toronto Bans Holy Communion, intending to outrage its readers into imagining that public health policy during the current pandemic singles out the Church for “persecution.” It includes a brief video clip in which a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada announces to his congregation this past Sunday that they may not come forward for Communion. In an obviously emotional moment, he makes the unfortunate statement that “the persecution of the Church continues.”

This sheds new light on why Archbishop Sotirios felt compelled to ask the priests of the Archdiocese to exercise more restraint in their public comments about Holy Communion and the pandemic, as we reported here. His Eminence’s request now seems entirely reasonable.

The irresponsibility of Orthodox Christianity’s “reporting” consists in its failure to make a simple phone call to the Archdiocese for clarification: Read More