Reflections on the Document “The Sacrament of Marriage and Its Impediments”

Public Orthodoxy

by Rev. Dr. Patrick Viscuso, Perry T. Hamalis, David Heith-Stade, Rev. Dr. Chrysostom Nassis, Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel, and Christos Tsironis

According to the theological vision of the Church, the bond of love is to be found at the core of marital life. Marriage is viewed within the framework of love, which is the core “quality” of the Church’s theological anthropology. Marriage is not only a rational choice, but also a “harvest” of holiness and the “fullness” of the life of faith.

One of the most complicated challenges for the Church is to express the evangelical premises of Christianity on marriage in a manner that serves contemporary societies and families. The Church is called to illustrate the meaning and scope of marriage in social, cultural, and legal contexts, while remaining true to the Scriptures and her theological, canonical, and pastoral tradition.

The Pre-Conciliar Document

As…

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Life-Bearing Love: A Too Risky Vision

Public Orthodoxy

by Maria McDowell

The upcoming Great Council, decades in the making, is an opportunity for Orthodoxy to present to the world a vision of the fruitfulness of love ripened through relationships in which we are simultaneously co-workers in one another’s deification and co-workers with God through whom all creation bears life. The Synod is an opportunity for the Orthodox Church to posit a vision of relationships as the very means through which human persons grow in love in the image of God and towards an ever deeper relationship with God. God is love, and it is in love and by love that we come to know God.

Orthodox anthropology unapologetically asserts the goodness of the human person. This notion of goodness, rooted in creation and telos, beginning and end, is made evident and possible through the Incarnation. The Incarnation underlies the possibility of deification, the practice of embodied virtue…

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Sexual Purity and the Vocation of Marriage

Public Orthodoxy

by David C. Ford, Mary Ford, Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters, Philip Mamalakis, and Alf Kentigern Siewers

“The sacred nature of the God-established union and its lofty spiritual content explain the Apostle’s affirmation in Heb. 13:4. That is why the Orthodox Church condemned any defilement of its purity (Eph. 5:2-5, 1 Thes. 4:4, Heb. 13:4ff)” (Chambesy Statement). The Church indeed must emphasize sexual purity, or chastity, today more than ever, especially for the benefit of young people, as a calling to the integral unity of body and soul in Christ. Orthodoxy envisions chastity as an ascetical discipline whereby people achieve an embodied wholeness fulfilling them in synergy with God’s grace. Holy matrimony and monasticism are both icons of chaste participation in the mystical marriage of Christ with His Bride, the Church. Such purity minimally requires  abstinence from genital expressions of sexuality outside of monogamous marriage between a…

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Martin Marty – Religion in Global Affairs

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John Kerry, US Secretary of State

When in the 1980s Scott Appleby and I were first chartered to deal with one particular public expression of religion, the complex of militant fundamentalisms, we were confronted with a global scene for which we were not prepared. We soon found out also that very few others were equipped to monitor and highlight these and other negative and positive religious outbursts. We were well supported and soon well surrounded by the few pioneers in this field.

Domestically, two factors have forced awareness on conscientious people. The polarization of citizens on what came to be called “social issues” revealed that most of the troubling (and promising) topics had their roots in religion. Also, much of the ammunition in the soon-stimulated “culture wars” dealt with religion among fighting factions. Whether or not publics are more ready now than they were decades ago to deal with this new world is up for debate.Read More »

Vasile Ernu – Bumerangul rabinilor hasidici se întoarce întotdeauna altfel

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Vasile Ernu & Iosif Ton sau ‘Fiul risipitor’ si Patriarhul

Îmi beau dimineaţă liniştit cafeaua, citesc presa şi poşta mea electronică. Mă uit. Şterg multe, multe mesaje fără să le deschid pentru că ştiu după „nume” că sînt gunoi. Văd un mesaj neclar. Să închid, să deschid? Iarăşi vreo mătuşă din Africa, unchi din Siberia sau nepot din Elveţia?

Deschid şi citesc.

„Iubite frate Vasile,

Am citit Sectanţii şi mi-a dat plăceri rar trăite. M-a dus înapoi la copilaria mea, şi la toata viaţa mea de sectant şi am retrăit totul prin excelentele tale povestiri şi descrieri. Îţi mulţumesc că ai îndrăznit să intri atât de total în “pielea” sectanţilor, sau “în pantofii” lor, şi ai avut curajul să spui “lumii” cine suntem noi (sau, poate cine am fost noi, deoarece noua generaţie nu mai trăieşte în ceea ce am fost noi!). Acum trebuie să plec undeva pentru câteva ore.

Poate reuşesc să te sun mai târziu, după amiază.Read More »

Semnal Aqua Forte – Sunt creștin / I am a Christian

Sunt crestin

Sunt creștin / I am a Christian

(volum bilingv, coordonat de Voicu Bojan, 108+114 pagini, format A5, copertă găurită, preț 29 lei)

Trei ani, cinsprezece autori, patru traducători, trei editori, un designer, un grafician, o grămadă de tipografi. O carte personală în care autorii încearcă să își argumenteze traseul credinței, răspunzând mai degrabă întrebării: ‘Totuși, dacă nu sunt hindus sau bahai, de ce sunt creștin?’

Chiar, în ce credem fiecare dintre noi și de ce? Cum ar arăta puse pe hârtie declarațiile noastre de credință? Ce înseamnă ‘primejdia mărturisirii’ mai ales azi când relativismul e la modă: să fi apolitic, neutru, vag, mai degrabă să te identifici cu un anumit grup social, decât pur și simplu să fii ceva?

Acestă carte e atipică, seamănă mai degrabă cu o hartă care arată drumul unei călătorii interioare.

Autorii: Andreea Sepi, Anne Garrett, Cristian Mihuț, Dănuț Mănăstireanu, Dionis Bodiu, Don Lothrop, Dorin Axente, Dorin Mureșan, Doru Pop, George Ille, Marius David Cruceru, Mihaela Ursa, Silvian Guranda, Teofil Stanciu, Voicu Bojan

(Cartea inca nu apare pe situl editurii.)

Vietnam’s Religion Law ‘created to repress, control’

 

Communism in Vietnam is like a religion, a secular religion. Vietnam is a one-party state, and Article 4 of the constitution gives all the power to the Communist party.

Source: Vietnam’s Religion Law ‘created to repress, control’

The communist regime in Vietnam continues its history of religious repression, in spite of claims of becoming a civilised democratic regime.

The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

The significance of the joint visit to the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, by . . . .

Source: The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

‘The power of ecumenism lies in beginning to open up beyond ourselves and our own, our communities and our churches. It is learning to speak the language of care and compassion. And it is giving priority to solidarity and service.’

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Mixed Emotions: Some Reflections on Life and Death

A sobering text, fitting this holy week in Eastern Christianity.
May the Lord have mercy on all of us!

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Jesse Wheeler

Life and Death

At 4:30 AM, 16 February 2016, my wife went into labor. In joyful anticipation, we scrambled out of bed, got dressed, grabbed our bags and rushed to the hospital.

Then… we waited. And waited. And… waited some more.

The baby came two weeks early, but this was no problem. After a month of pre-term labor, coupled with an unfortunate insurance complication leaving the delivery and any post-natal care which might have been required uncovered, we had spent every moment up to this point as if strapped to a time-bomb with a broken timer, each passing second an eternity.

Now, with only two weeks out, we were on cloud nine and more than happy to wait a little longer ‘in eager expectation for the child’ to come. I may be taking exegetical license, but nowhere is Heaven closer to Earth than in the face of…

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Bono & Eugene Peterson – The Psalms

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

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by John Fotopoulos

There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the Orthodox must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha can occur. Despite this view being held by so many Orthodox Christians as well as being promoted in popular essays written by some Orthodox priests, it is not accurate. The reason why Orthodox Pascha frequently occurs so much later than Easter celebrated by Roman Catholics and Protestants has nothing to do with the Orthodox Church following the Paschal formula of Nicaea and the Western Churches not doing so, nor is it because the Orthodox must wait for Jewish…

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The Orthodox “Diaspora”: Mother Churches, Mission, and the Future

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by Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Will Cohen, Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Brandon Gallaher, Rev. Dr. D. Oliver Herbel, and Kerry San Chirico

Among the issues to be heard by the Orthodox Churches at the June 2016 Great and Holy Council in Crete is the situation of the Orthodox diaspora. The Council will be working with the document on the diaspora promulgated by the fourth pre-conciliar gathering in Chambésy in June 2009. This document called for a swift canonical resolution to the current organization of the Church in the regions of the diaspora so it accords with Orthodox canon law and ecclesiological principles. The 2009 pre-conciliar gathering implemented a temporary solution by creating episcopal assemblies (2a) in regions of the diaspora to promote common action and witness to the unity of Orthodoxy without depriving the member bishops of their “administrative competencies and canonical character” (5). It…

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And Cain Knew His Wife

Musings on Science and Theology

263px-Zhdan_Dementiyev_01_Seth_(1630)Where did Cain get his wife?

Did people really live 900+ years?

Who cares who begot who? Can we get to the action?!

Perhaps the most boring genre in the Bible is the genealogy – or at least it can seem so from our twenty first century perspective. They raise questions at times – especially for those who want to take the Bible seriously – but they don’t make for exciting reading. The author/editor of Genesis, on the other hand, clearly valued the genealogy as a key part of the story he was telling. There are a number of genealogies in Genesis each with an important purpose in the story line. The first of these come in Genesis 4:17-5:23 relating the descendants first of Cain and then of Adam’s third son, Seth.

How should we read these genealogies? What is the take-home message?

Bishop Ussher in the mid 1600’s famously…

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Amintiri cu Ionatan Piroșca

Cu drezina

O strofă dintr-o poezie scrisă de Ionatan în 1984 O strofă dintr-o poezie scrisă de Ionatan în 1984

De când am avut prima dată ocazia să vorbesc cu el, pe Ionatan îl țin minte tremurând. Era unul dintre simptomele numeroaselor sale probleme de sănătate. Dar ideile nu-i tremurau, nici voința, nici perseverența. Făcea anual, dacă era posibil, câte un drum de la Brăila până la Oradea și retur. Printre opririle de pe traseu, se numărau: Bucureștiul, Brașovul, Sibiul, Clujul, Oradea, Baia-Mare, Rădăuți, Iași, Arad, Timișoara, Bistrița. Depinde pe unde îi erau prietenii acasă și gata de o întrevedere.

În preajma lui, deși era evident un lider al grupului Cuvinte la Schimb, m-am simțit mereu liber să fac ce mă taie capul. Liber să-i întorc vorba, liber să-i contest verdictele. Asta nu înseamnă că nu mă lua la ochi și că nu mă muștruluia. Ei, nici vorbă! Dar niciodată nu avea ifose de șef, de poet consacrat, de guru pe…

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The Mission of the Church in an Age of Modern Science and Pluralism

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by Very Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides and Gayle E. Woloschak

The document, “Mission of the Church in the World,” was released in preparation for the upcoming Holy and Great Council to be held in June (during the Feast of Pentecost) on Crete. This document relates to areas of great significance for problems in the world today—technology, war, discrimination and human dignity, globalization, the influence of the media, and others.  Each of these topics is far-reaching with little readily available literature directly related to these issues in the Church Tradition and in Patristic texts; as such, this document could provide much needed guidance. In its present form, however, it does not adequately do so.

The document appears to be a statement of the Church’s awareness of difficult issues of the modern world; however, it does very little to address these problems, suggesting that the Church is not called to actually respond…

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When the Pope and Patriarchs Go Island Hopping: Cuba, Lesbos, and Crete

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by Paul L. Gavrilyuk

In the effort to draw the world’s attention to the refugee crisis, Patriarch Bartholomew invited Pope Francis to meet on the island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This is the fifth meeting between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch in the last three years, beginning with Bartholomew’s unprecedented participation at Francis’ inauguration in March 2013. The primary purpose of the meeting on Lesbos was for the Pope and the Patriarch to demonstrate to the world their profound solidarity with the plight of migrants and refugees that have been flooding this Greek island since the breakout of the war in Syria. Leading by example, the two primates ate together with those whose lives had been disrupted by war. Such a demonstration of humility is yet another attempt to nudge the Catholic and the Orthodox churches in the direction of unity.

But the meeting on Lesbos…

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In the Hope of Restoration of Communion between the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches

Hopes for restoration of right relationships between Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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by Carrie Frederick Frost, Vigen Guroian, Jennifer Haddad Mosher, and Valerie G. Zahirsky

We wish to bring attention to one of the items not specifically included on the Great and Holy Council’s agenda or in its preconciliar documents: the restoration of communion between the Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Our group is comprised of three Orthodox Christians and one Armenian Orthodox Christian, and we eagerly anticipate the day our churches will once again be united with each other.

The preconciliar document “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World” affirms that theological dialogue is “to reclaim the lost unity of Christians,” but does not acknowledge the urgency and rightness of unity with the Oriental Churches, especially in light of the dire situation of these communities in the Middle East and North Africa. This lack of reference is in contrast to an earlier version of…

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“Re-Christianizing” Russia

On the ‘re-Christianisation’ of Russia, whatever that means.
I think it works pretty well for other majority Orthodox countries, including my own, Romania.

Public Orthodoxy

by John P. Burgess

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Orthodox Church has aspired to nothing less than “a second Christianization” of the Russian nation—a term that appears in its Missionary Concept of 2007. The Church has striven to revive Russia’s historic Orthodox identity by becoming, with state assistance, a comprehensive presence in society. Critics often note the price that the Church pays for close cooperation with the Putin government, but after a decade of tracking these developments on the ground, I see another, less well-known side to the story. “Re-Christianization,” whatever its political deficiencies, is also contributing much good to Russia.

“Re-Christianization” is itself a disputed term. Some scholars argue that Russia was never truly Christianized. Father Alexander Schmemann used to talk about a popular Russian Orthodoxy that was a troubling syncretism of Christianity and traditional nature religions. Others have argued that Russia was never…

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Eu cred că Dumnezeu preferă postmodernismul – un remix personal

Si eu cred ca Dumnezeu prefera postmodrernitatea.
Ce sa facem? Nimeni nu-i perfect.

Frică şi cutremur

Mie asta îmi spune clipul celor de la Taxi, realizat după o rețetă deja consacrată: mixul de vedete, dintr-o paletă diversă de domenii, care ne spun același lucru over and over again, ca să pricepem cât mai bine ce e de priceput, adică ceea ce trebuie să credem și noi. Prin asta se crează iluzia acoperirii maxime în spațiul culturii noastre, căci între Mircea Cărtărescu și Andreea Esca, nu prea mai ai cum să mai identifici eventuale găuri negre – vocile celor care poate că nu văd smerenia prin filtrele viselor arhitecturale care bântuie din vreme în vreme nopțile ortodoxiei românești.

Dar acest mix este chiar mai profund decât pare;

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Sunt liber, deci nedumerit (17)

de gindit

Frică şi cutremur

catedrala Sursa: http://www.catedralaneamului.ro/

Astfel, aflu că cele treizeci și patru de personalități care s-au alăturat trupei Taxi pentru a ne spune că „Dumnezeu preferă lemnul și spațiile mici” ne-au furnizat nu o predică, cum am crezut eu, ci un Manifest antiCatedrală . Fie, primesc, numai că în acest caz lucrurile sunt departe de a fi lămurite, dimpotrivă.

De pe pagina de internet a Catedralei citesc:

„ lucrările până la cota +27 metri sunt finalizate în proporție de 100%; platforma metalică pentru susținerea eșafodajelor și cofrajelor necesare execuției lucrărilor de la cota +27 până la cota +45 metri este finalizată în proporție de 90%, a rămas de montat platforma de la cota +27 doar în zona altarului; lucrările cuprinse între cota +27 și +36 metri sunt finalizate în proporție de 70%”

Oameni buni,

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16 April 2016 – Danut Manastireanu at IOCS in Cambridge

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Community Day on Fr Dumitru Staniloae

Dear Friends,

Our next Community Lecture Day will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016 and will focus on Father Dumitru Staniloae. Revd Dr Danut Manastireanu will be the speaker for the day and he will devote his two lectures to the work of the great Romanian theologian.

Dr. Manastireanu is an Anglican lay theologian and has been until recently Faith in Development Director at World Vision International (Middle East & Eastern Europe Regional Office). He has written his doctorate on ‘A Perichoretic Model of the Church: The Trinitarian Ecclesiology of Dumitru Staniloae’ (now published by Lambert Academic Publishing) and he has been involved for decades in the Protestant-Orthodox dialogue. Dr Manastireanu has also been a long-standing friend and supporter of the Institute and he has been instrumental in helping fund the publication of the THE WAY course, as well as in introducing this course nation-wide in Romania.

As before, the Community Lecture Day will take place at our premises – Palamas House, 25-27 High Street, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1NQ.

No additional software or programmes will need to be installed if you wish to attend the lectures online – participants will simply be sent a link, and by clicking on it they will be able to watch the lectures live, but also to contribute questions or comments during the Q&A session. If you are interested to participate on-line just drop us an email.

The programme of the day will be the following:
10.30-11.00: Welcome coffee
11-12.30: Session One
12.30-14.30: Lunch
14.30-16.00: Session Two
16.00-16.30: Tea
Vespers from 16.30-17.30

This is the third of this year’s series of Community Lecture Days which addresses the theme of ‘Contemporary Fathers and Mothers of the Church: Guides for Today’s World’.

You can find more information about our Community Lecture Days on our website

With warm wishes, in Christ,

Razvan
Dr Razvan Porumb
Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer
Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies
25-27 High Street, Chesterton
Cambridge CB4 1NQ,
United Kingdom

Contrabanda cu Biblii in carti de referinta – UPDATE

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Nu stiu citi dintre cei care citesc aceste rinduri isi aduc aminte de anii ’70, cind, spre deosebire de acum, in bisericile noastre existau foarte putine Biblii. Daca o familie avea o Biblie, se socotea bogata. In 1971 au avut insa loc inundatii de amploare in tara si, odata cu ajutoarele venite din strainatate pentru cei afectati de ape, au intrat in tara primele cantitati mai mari de Biblii.

Intr-una dintre aceste operatii, au fost introduse in Romania, cu un slep, pe Dunare, circa 100.000 de Biblii, in limbile romana si rusa. Unchiul meu, Costel Georgescu, a coordonat aceasta operatiune, cu numele de cod ‘Canal 81’ impreuna cu un prieten al lui, Klaus Wagner, curaj pentru care a platit cu un an de puscarie, asa cum au patit si altii care au facut parte din grupul lor. Ma bucur sa aud ca, in sfirsit, unchiul meu, pe care de mult incerc sa-l conving, s-a decis sa scrie despre acea experienta. Din cite stiu, istoricul Gheorghe Modoran, autorul cartii Biserica prin pustiul rosu. Rezistenta si compromis in adventismul din Romania in perioada comunista (despre care am scris AICI), face cercetari in arhive si intentioneaza sa scrie o carte despre aceste evenimente. Tocmai i-am scris, si sper sa aflu cit mai curind noutati despre stadiul cercetarii.

Nota: Domnul Modoran tocmai mi-a raspuns si mi-a spus ca aceasta operatiune este descrisa in cele doua volume din a doua parte a seriei sale de texte de istorie adventists sub comunism, care se ocupa de perioada 1965-1989, si care se afla deja in faza de corectura. Fiti pe faza. Aceasta parte a seriei promite sa fie si mai interesanta decit prima, care a stirnit deja numeroase reactii in mediul adventist, asa cum s-a intimplat si cu cartea lui Vasi Croitor, Rascumpararea memoriei.

Cu citeva zile in urma am primit, cu multumiri, prin amabilitatea domnului Vasile Gabrian, directorul Editurii Casa Cartii din Oradea, un exemplar din cartea Proiectul Margaritar (Operation Pearl) scrisa de Fratele David impreuna cu Paul Hattaway, unul dintre autorii care au facut o pasiune pentru biserica din China.

Cartea descrie o operatiune gigantica prin dimensiunile ei, prin care intr-o singura noapte au intrat in mod ilegal (deoarece Biblia era o carte interzisa in China comunista) 1.000.000 de Biblii. Read More »

A Daddy’s Letter to His Little Girl (About How Fast She’s Walking Away)

Source: [New Post] A Daddy’s Letter to His Little Girl (About How Fast She’s Walking Away)

A very moving letter of a father to his growing daughter.

Sami are nevoie de ajutorul nostru!

Va rugam sa va alaturati eforturilor noastre, daca puteti si va lasa inima. Va multumim.

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Dau și eu mai departe apelul lui Liviu cu privire la Sami, în speranța că vor fi cât mai mulți capabili și dispuși să ajute.

De pe Horvath Liviu Blog:

Sami Cociorvan are 22 de ani, este student la Politehnică, membru a unei biserici penticostale, este un prieten cu care țin legătura de ceva ani. A fost diagnosticat cu  acromegalie prin adenom hipofizar, o tumoră ce-i apasă hipofiza și-i pricinuiește dureri îngrozitoare de cap. După ce adună banii, în 2 săptămâni va fi operat, însă operația trebuie făcută cât de repede, fiindcă tumora crește.

Și-a făcut investigațiile și e hotărât să se opereze la Spitalul Monza, și doar operație îl costă 6000 de euro.

Cei care vor să-l ajute , Sami mi-a trimis contul lui de la bancă, iar cei de peste hotare, să-l contactați pe el, e mai priceput cu informatica decât mine.

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Prayer for the 16th Session of the Anglican Consultative Council, Lusaka, Zambia, 8-19 April 2016

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(Source, HERE)

How to Pack a Carry-On Suitcase Like a Pro » Brittany from Boston

A travel blogger’s secrets to packing a carry-on like a pro! No matter how far or long you travel, you can do it all with just one carry-on suitcase!

Source: How to Pack a Carry-On Suitcase Like a Pro » Brittany from Boston

Wise advice for professional travellers.

Sunt crestin – I Am A Christian

A iesit, in sfirsit, de la tipar cartea Sunt crestin (I Am A Christian), editata de Voicu Bojan si publicata de Editura Aqua Forte din Cluj. Volumul va putea fi comandat curind pe situl editurii.

Asa cum spuneam recent si pe Facebook, cartea, care nu apare inca pe situl editurii, este o lucrare colectiva, in limba romana si engleza (desi poza primita pe facebook arata doua copertem nu stiu inca cu siguranta daca este vorba de doua versiuni separate, una in romana si una in engleza, sau de o editie bilingva), care cuprinde 15 scurte marturii personale ale unor credinciosi, mai ales romani, care incearca sa raspunda la intrebarea ‘de ce sunt crestin?’

Iata lista integrala a autorilor, in ordinea alfabetica a numelor:

Andreea Sepi, Anne Garrett, Cristian Mihut, Danut Manastireanu,
Dionis Bodiu, Don Lothrop, Dorin Axente, Dorin Muresan,
Doru Pop, George Ille, Marius David Cruceru, Mihaela Ursa,
Silvian Guranda, Teofil Stanciu si Voicu Bojan.

Redau mai jos explicatia lui Voicu Bojan despre felul straniu in care s-a nascut aceasta carte. Sper ca aceasta va va trezi interesul si ca veti dori s-o rasfoiti si, poate, s-o oferiti si altora, interesati de aceleasi intrebari existentiale care i-au framintat si pe autorii acestor pagini.

Va doresc lectura spornica si cu folos!Read More »

Augustin Ioan la Iasi

Augustin Ioan in Iasi

Prietenul meu, domnul Augustin Ioan, profesor universitar la Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism “Ion Mincu” din Bucuresti, si unul dintre cei mai articulati si mai competenti teoreticieni romani ai spatiului sacru, va fi prezent zilele acestea la Iasi, pentru o serie de conferinte.

Asa cum puteti vedea si in afisul de mai sus, seria va fi inaugurata miercuri 6 aprilie, ora 18.00, la Muzeul Kogalniceanu, cu prelegerea ‘Spatiul sacru astazi. O catedrala noua’.

Ii invit cu mare incredere pe toti cei interesati de arhitectura sacra.

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La acest LINK puteti gasi citeva date bio-bibliografice despre domnul Augustin Ioan.

Orthodoxy, Human Rights & Secularization

This blog post does a vigurous critique of the document titled “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World”, whose draft is prepared for the coming Great and Holy Synod of Orthodoxy.

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by Davor Džalto, Effie Fokas, Brandon Gallaher, Perry Hamalis, Aristotle Papanikolaou, and Gregory Tucker

“The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” offers a clear reaffirmation of the “dignity and majesty of the human person” (1.1) in Christian doctrine. Moreover, the exalted status of the human person is here grounded in its ultimate vocation to deification. While the human being is brought to perfection beyond this life in God, sanctification begins now, in this world, in relation to others. To this end, the Church recognizes that she must speak with her “prophetic and pastoral voice” and act in the contemporary world to foster that “peace, justice, freedom, fraternity, and love” which characterizes the Kingdom of God.

In order to do full justice to the profound witness to the Gospel offered by this document, further serious reflection and dialogue is required on some of its…

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William Yoder – The Fellow with His Finger in the Dike. Sergey Ryakhovsky turns 60

M o s c o w – On 18 March, Moscow’s Sergey Vasilevich Ryakhovsky, Senior Bishop of ROSKhVE, the “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith”, turned 60. Despite his many detractors in Ukraine and the West, Russian evangelicals have reason enough to thank Ryakhovsky for his efforts in the public and political realm. Russian nationalists have long wanted to prove that evangelicals are foreign, pro-Western half-spies, the lengthened arms of Western governments reaching over and beyond the political divide. The Bishop and his cohorts are doing what they can to keep the nationalists from winning the day. He’s the Dutch boy plugging the dike with his finger, keeping the onslaught from turning into a deluge. He is attempting to keep the public presence of Russia’s Protestants afloat by proving that Protestants are loyal servants of their societies even when they find themselves beyond the reach of NATO and the European Union. Left to their own devices, the West’s pro-Maidan evangelicals would in my view virtually prove the claims of Russia’s nationalist movement.

In an interview published by “Moskovsky Komsomolits” on 21 March, the birthday kid claimed: “I will not hide the fact that the members of our denomination are active in all branches of government.” Yet he also admits in the article that not all of these feel free to express their religious allegiances openly. Publicly, the Bishop tries hard to be up-beat and constructive; he likes to claim that accusations of sectarianism are becoming a thing of the past. In the interview he states: “Let me remind you that I have been a member of the ‘Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organisations’ since 2002 and a member of the ‘Public Chamber’ since 2005. My membership would be cancelled within seconds if the federal government changed its attitude towards Protestants.”

After Ryakhovsky famously posed with President Putin and the heads of Russia’s largest religious faiths in Red Square on 4 November 2014, an “Itar-Tass” press release listed his Pentecostal denomination among the “leading traditional Russian confessions”. “Fortunately”, the Bishop’s location on the right edge of the photo allowed him to be cropped off by some agencies, but the press release itself was sufficient cause for heart attacks on the part of Russia’s nationalist faithful. Read More »