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Orthodox Christian web forum blocked by Russia over Ukraine coverage

By Marika Proctor — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — The website’s readership has more than doubled since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
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Ukrainian Orthodox primate: ‘We are called to stop this evil’

By Lew Nescott Jr. — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — Epiphanius, leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, called Patriarch Kirill 'more of a state authority than a religious pastor,' and alleged that Kirill shares responsibility for war crimes with Putin.

Uvalde school shooting: Faith leaders offer comfort, call for reform of gun laws

By Religion News Service — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — With the news of 19 children and two others killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, religious leaders from across the spectrum express their sorrow, with many saying now is the time for a new approach to gun control.

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.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

How burying the dead keeps the living human

By Dimitris Xygalatas — May 9, 2022
(The Conversation) — Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.

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.
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