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Eastern Orthodoxy and Mysticism: The Transformation of the Senses - Hieromonk Irenei Steenberg

Orthodoxy and Mysticism - Part 2

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We began yesterday with a discussion of what mystery means and what the life in Christ may mean from the perspective of mystery. I tried to put some of this into the framework of the popular language and vocabulary of mysticism and why I am nervous when people try to describe Orthodox Christianity as a “mystical” religion or try to compare it with other forms of mysticism, as if consolidating mystery into a thing were a possibility. Orthodoxy, as we discussed…

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Eastern Orthodoxy and Mysticism: The Transformation of the Senses - Hieromonk Irenei Steenberg

Orthodoxy and Mysticism - Part 1

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The life in Christ is a mystery. It’s something that cannot be explained. It cannot be rationally comprehended to a degree that ever begins to articulate what it actually is. This has been the problem of theologians from day one, literally from day one. From the first moment that Christ opens his mouth and preaches, theologians have misunderstood what Christianity is about. That misunderstanding leads to the crucifixion. It leads a little while later to schisms…

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International Orthodox Psychotherapy Conference

The Murder of Christ: Diagnosis and Treatment for Post-Traumatic Spiritual Disorder for Humankind

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I want to make a couple of preliminary remarks, and then I want to take a 30,000 feet view of something that I’m exploring. Maybe we can have some conversation about it. Just a personal note, I was reading what I was going to talk about. I wrote 100 pages and had to shrink it down to a Swiss cheese of 20. I was reading some of it to Claudia, and she said, “You know, this is your life. This is what you’ve been working on all your life.” I think…

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Christ the Eternal Tao

Christ the Eternal Tao - Part 2

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Host: Last evening’s lecture introduced to us the work of Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, and a spiritual apprehension that only became clear with the revelation of Christ centuries later. In Part II today, Father Damascene will speak of the first created state of man, the fall, redemption, and the future age. Then he will speak about how Christ’s saving work is actualized in the Church through the Holy Mysteries, and through various types…

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Christ the Eternal Tao

Christ the Eternal Tao - Part 1

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Host: Father Damascene, who, as I am sure you are all aware, is an Eastern Orthodox Christian monk, began his life as John Christensen, and was nominally introduced to Western Protestant Christianity as a child. By the time he began college, however, he believed that the highest spiritual reality was not a personal deity or God, but rather a transpersonal reality. 

He considered himself a Buddhist, specifically, in the Zen tradition,…

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Canadian Archdiocesan Assembly - July 2010

Metropolitan Jonah Keynote Address - The Episcopal Assembly

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Metropolitan Jonah: This past year has been very significant for the Orthodox Church in America as we stand on the brink of changes in the structure of the jurisdictional system and indeed, the dawning of the possibility of a real unity within the greater Orthodox community. The Episcopal Assembly began that process of coming together which presents us with the necessity for a plan to unify all the Orthodox in North America by the time of the next…

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The 15th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America

Bishop Jonah Addresses Questions and Concerns

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Christ is in our midst.

One of the reasons the Holy Synod wanted to postpone the answering of these questions was in order to give it more serious consideration, so that we could come up with a conciliar answer to these questions. But part of that discussion that we had was that I would try and set out some theological principles which underlie these questions so that we could look at them together and consider what we are doing together as the Body of Christ…

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Orthodox Christian Laity - Road to Unity

Metropolitan Jonah - Unity in Our Time

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Metropolitan Jonah: I think before the formal talk that I’ve prepared, I want to read a few passages from the Chambésy Communiqué, which has been talked about so much but hasn’t really been quoted. So I think it’s very important to contextualize so much of what we’re thinking about and talking about and working towards, as well as my own talk in light of these documents.

Now what Chambésy is, it’s…

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In The Footsteps of Tikhon and Grafton

The Future of Anglican and Orthodox Relations

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Fr. Munday: It is with a special measure of excitement that we come to this evening’s session of this conference. We are very honored to have as our presenters tonight, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church of America, and Archbishop Robert William Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, and we’re also proud to say a trustee of Nashotah House. May we begin this session with a word of prayer.

Gracious…

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In The Footsteps of Tikhon and Grafton

The History of Anglican/Orthodox Relations

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Fr. Platt: …St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY. This is one of the two theological seminaries of the Orthodox Church in America. And last year, in 2008, it played host to a very successful conference, hosted jointly by St. Vladimir’s and the Fellowship on Primacy in East and West, called Rome and Constantinople and Canterbury. Some of you who are present here were present also at that conference.…

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