Meagan Saliashvili

Meagan Saliashvili is an author at Religion News Service.

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Jordan Peterson wrestles with God

By Meagan Saliashvili — February 15, 2024
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (RNS) — In a new lecture tour to support a forthcoming book, the psychologist and public intellectual hews ever closer to Christianity, tantalizing fans who take their cues on converting from his secular but religiously curious thought.

Orthodox Christian radio hosted a panel on female deacons. Then misogyny poured in.

By Meagan Saliashvili — February 5, 2024
(RNS) — Far from clarifying the question of women deacons, the episode added fuel to an already incendiary conversation about women's ordination and the role of women in the church in general.

US Orthodox symposium on women deacons proposes a way forward

By Meagan Saliashvili — November 14, 2023
BROOKLINE, Mass. (RNS)— A consortium of Orthodox Christian scholars, clergy and lay supporters meeting this week outside Boston proposed guidelines for the church to revive the ancient practice of allowing women to be deacons. 

Native Alaskan healer named North America’s first female saint in Orthodox Church

By Meagan Saliashvili — November 10, 2023
(RNS) — A Native Alaskan midwife known for her healing love, especially toward abused women, was glorified at a meeting of bishops in Chicago this week.

One nun’s mission to save souls, from death row to the Met opera

By Meagan Saliashvili — October 5, 2023
(RNS) — The story of a killer’s — and Sister Helen Prejean’s — redemption comes to New York.

Riding a wave of converts, one group aims to fuse Orthodoxy with Southern values

By Meagan Saliashvili — September 19, 2023
TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — At the group’s inaugural event, the majority of attendees appeared to represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, though few were ‘cradle’ Orthodox Christians.

Ukrainian Orthodox churches purge vestiges of Russian influence

By Meagan Saliashvili — August 18, 2023
LVIV, Ukraine (RNS) — For centuries, Orthodox Ukrainians saw the traditional Julian calendar as one of the anchors of their church’s identity. Now many are switching to the Gregorian calendar.

The King’s College makes deep cuts to faculty, cancels fall classes

By Meagan Saliashvili — July 17, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — Operating on thin margins and depending on deep-pocketed conservative Christian donors, the school has been in turmoil since a partnership with a Canadian education investment company, Primacorp Ventures, failed to change its fortunes.

Battle over ownership of Ukrainian monastery heats up again

By Meagan Saliashvili — July 6, 2023
(RNS) — Dozens of Orthodox Christians who support their church’s historic ties to Moscow prevented Ukrainian authorities from taking possession of buildings at the Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv, surrounding the entrance and blocking officials from entering.

Extending a financial lifeline, Episcopal Church credit union launches in the Bronx

By Meagan Saliashvili — May 19, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — 'Most of us are not wealthy,' said one local resident. 'It’s impossible for us to get a loan from the commercial banks. So the only opportunity is to go to the loan sharks,' where the interest charged is 'overwhelming,' she said.

Vatican’s highest-ranking nun, Nathalie Becquart, talks synodality with young Catholics

By Meagan Saliashvili — March 29, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘Listening is more than simply hearing. It is a beautiful listening, in which everyone has something to learn,’ said Becquart, who is shepherding the process of Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality.

‘Prayer is our only weapon’: Monks at Kyiv monastery resist planned eviction

By Meagan Saliashvili — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — The monastery’s fate has been in question since Russia’s invasion in February 2022 has brought a series of crackdowns on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has historical ties to Moscow.

As The King’s College faces closure, scrutiny turns to its backers

By Meagan Saliashvili — March 22, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — The nondenominational Christian college is expected to announce it will close after a Canadian company failed to deliver on lofty promises to boost declining enrollment, say staff and faculty members.

Twitter reinstated white nationalist Nick Fuentes. He lasted 24 hours.

By Meagan Saliashvili — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — In his brief Twitter comeback tour, Fuentes spouted late-night obscenities and conspiratorial, antisemitic musings.

A historic meeting of Orthodox Christian scholars convenes to confront divisions and war

By Meagan Saliashvili — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — Contentious issues of church polity have been exposed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.
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