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Go Forth

Go Forth
Fr. Chad Hatfield

Episode date: May 07, 2015
Transcript published: May 19, 2015

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Mr. Adam Lowell Roberts: Welcome to Go Forth. I am your host, Adam Lowell Roberts, and today I’m sitting at a coffee shop with the Very Rev. Chad Hatfield, [of] St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and [I’m] excited to be talking with you today.

Very Rev. Fr. Chad Hatfield: Thanks, Adam. It’s good to be here in Tennessee.

Mr. Roberts: And basically there’s so much we can talk about, so I doubt we’re going to get everything in. We do have an agenda I’m glad about, but to get started, just in case someone is new to Ancient Faith Radio, do you…

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Life of the Church Today

Life of the Church Today
Diptychs and Order

Episode date: April 29, 2015
Transcript published: May 19, 2015

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Dear friends, autocephaly, autonomy, diptychs—no, these are not obscure medical terms. In truth, these are three of the agenda items for the upcoming Great and Holy Council occurring in 2016, at least, as of now. Each involves, to some extent, the exercise of power and the pull of ecclesiastical strings with outcomes of control and dominance that loom large in the Orthodox world as a whole.

So what exactly are we talking about when we give careful consideration to the meaning of each of these terms? And why should they occupy three of the ten valuable spots on the ladder of conciliar importance? Only the last, the diptychs, can…

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Life of the Church Today

Life of the Church Today
Where Do We Go From Here - Part 2

Episode date: March 02, 2015
Transcript published: May 18, 2015

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Dear friends in Christ, we left off last time with the premise that in the modern world today, at least in the popular mind, media, and population at large, there are twin peaks of Orthodox influence: the patriarchates of Constantinople and of Moscow. Each has asserted influence in an ostensible drive for world Orthodox leadership, which, by the way, is not an unimportant or vain quest at all, but a striving for more unanimity and practical effort in presenting modern Orthodox praxis.

In the case of the Ecumenical Patriarch, he has the huge weight of history on his shoulders and a canonical mandate, or some would argue, though others…

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Life of the Church Today

Life of the Church Today
Multiple Direction Syndrome

Episode date: March 17, 2015
Transcript published: May 18, 2015

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Dear friends in Christ, we left off last time with a hint of the complex and, in many cases, controversial relations between Church and state, often confusing to us in America, but unavoidably present when discussing almost any place in the world with large Orthodox populations. This only goes to show the still-unresolved and highly charged intricacies of Church-state relations in Orthodox theory and the plight of two different patriarchs. One is a prisoner of a system that has killed and transferred populations of Orthodox Christians for many years and whose ability to act is based on a very clever and cautious playing of the political game…

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Life of the Church Today

Life of the Church Today
The Great and Holy Council in 2016

Episode date: March 30, 2015
Transcript published: May 18, 2015

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Dear friends, as long as I have been Orthodox, which dates back to the late ‘70s, I’ve been hearing of a so-called Great and Holy Council which is supposed to resolve all sorts of burning questions which have arisen over the millennia since the last Ecumenical Council was held in 787. This idea essentially started way back before World War I. Then, in the 1930s and 1960s, renewed interest waxed and especially in the ‘60s was there significant movement towards such a gathering, which resulted in the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission, which met in Chambésy in 1971 to try and format a list of common concerns. Since then…

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