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Dreher’s war, part 2

By Mark Silk — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — The second of two columns on how America’s best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.
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What a cathedral and a massive military parade show about Putin’s Russia

By Lena Surzhko Harned — May 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — World War II has a central place in Russian nationalism. Its importance is written all over a new cathedral dedicated to the armed forces.

National Day of Prayer observances to feature in-person worship, online petitions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Proclaimed by Congress in 1952, the prayer day has been observed since 1988 on the first Thursday in May, with a more diverse array of participants in recent years.

EU reportedly mulling sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

By Jack Jenkins — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — On Tuesday, Patriarch Kirill denied that Russia’s actions in Ukraine amounted to an invasion, insisting ‘Russia has never attacked anyone.’

Will the World Council of Churches expel Kirill? We talk with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

By Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The Orthodox community is very, very important in the World Council of Churches,’ Swenson said.

How the war between Russia and Ukraine is roiling the faith tradition they share

By J. Eugene Clay — May 3, 2022
(The Conversation) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on the views of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Dreher’s war, part 1

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2022
(RNS) — The first of two columns on how America's best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

Half of churches say Sunday school, other education programs disrupted by pandemic

By Adelle M. Banks — April 28, 2022
(RNS) — Overall, evangelical churches reported experiencing the least disruption to their educational programs, while mainline churches reported the most, followed by Catholic and Orthodox congregations.

Orthodox Easter a ‘mixed kind of joy’ at Ukrainian church in Bucharest

By Alexandra Radu — April 26, 2022
BUCHAREST, Romania (RNS) — ‘We are celebrating the resurrection of Christ, but at the same time we are praying to God to end the war.’

The wisdom of millenniums gave us the Status Quo Agreement in Jerusalem

By Daoud Kuttab — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Peace in Israel lies in the thousands of years of managing the holy places in a holy city.

World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire

By Jack Jenkins — April 19, 2022
(RNS) — The letter to the Russian patriarch comes amid calls to expel him and the Russian Orthodox Church from the WCC.

World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

By Jack Jenkins — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — WCC head the Rev. Ioan Sauca has pushed back on the idea, but a growing chorus of Christian leaders is suggesting the group cut ties with the ROC.

The tinder box of Jerusalem and the tyranny of the religious calendar

By Daoud Kuttab — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — The holiday crunch doesn't bode well for a population already strained by repression and attacks.
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