As Orthodox Christians in a non-Orthodox culture, we have questions: Who are we? What is "the Church"? What is our relationship to friends and family of other faiths? What is ecumenism? Who will be saved? In this special edition of Hearts and Minds, Fr John Oliver offers a few reflections.
Ecumenism: The Autoimmune Disease in the Body of Christ
There we were, huddled with wonder in Jerusalem’s upper room, among 120 disciples and the Son of God’s own mother, air in the room charged like particles of light. We hung dazzled with the resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven of our Master, our Teacher, our Savior. He told us to wait for “the promise of my Father.” We didn’t know precisely what he meant until,…