Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"This work examines the history, theology, and praxis of the use of sacramental bread in traditional Christianity. From the Last Supper to the Great Schism, and from Christology to ecclesiology and Christian anthropology—the symbolism of bread has dominated Christian history and belief. What kind of bread did Christ offer to His disciples at the Last Supper? Why do Roman Catholics and the Orthodox disagree on how to bake bread? What is the significance of the symbolism of bread for Christian theology and praxis? This book addresses these and many other questions. Scholars and bakers, clergy and lay folk alike—all are invited to take a closer look at that which speaks of our unity—one loaf to represent one Body. "
Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov is the Rector of the New Martyrs of Russia Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), located in Mulino, OR, near Portland.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"In a communique issued yesterday by the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, held in Chambesy, a suburb of Geneva, Switzerland, from June 6-12, the Old World Orthodox Churches announced they had agreed “to create new episcopal assemblies in some regions of the world to order the question of the Diaspora.” The agreement, long sought by Constantinople, stated that the “new episcopal assemblies” would be chaired by “bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the given region”, and in their absence, “the bishops in accordance with the order of the Diptichs of the Churches.”
See the website Orthodox Christians for Accountability
Friday, June 5, 2009
"Despite over 200 million adherents, Eastern Orthodox Christianity attracts little scholarly attention. While more-covered religions emerge as powerful transnational forces, Eastern Orthodoxy appears doggedly local, linked to the ethnicity and land of the now marginalized Eastern Europe. But Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age brings together new and nuanced understandings of the Orthodox churches--inside and outside of Eastern Europe--as they negotiate an increasingly networked world. The picture that emerges is less of a people stubbornly refusing modernization, more of a people seeking to maintain a stable Orthodox identity in an unstable world. For anyone interested in the role of Eastern Orthodoxy in the 21st century, this volume provides the place to begin. "
See AltaMira Press