The Challenge of the Other

A stern warning on the ‘rejection of the “other”… as an evil twin of our “orthodoxia”.

Public Orthodoxy

by Inga Leonova

Orthodox in America are privileged in enjoying complete freedom of worship untethered by allegiance to the state. This is an environment that still, a few hundred years later, is experienced as somewhat of a novelty compared with our much longer history in which we were either joined to the state, or oppressed by it.

We have to admit, however, that we have not used this gift to its full potential. Whether it is due to historical forces of the times, or our internal ecclesiological ambiguities, a sad fact remains that in the absence of an external political structure to shape our identity, the Orthodox jurisdictions in America have opted to identify along the lines of ethnic and cultural origins. The scandal that is the jurisdictional disunity in America in spite of the existence of formally unifying conciliar structures only deepens with time. When Father John Meyendorff wrote…

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