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Standing with Ukraine

It is past time for the citizenry to call those who represent us to support a brave people who, against terrible odds and in the face of immense suffering, are defending our victory in the Cold War as well as their country.  Continue Reading »

Putin, Stalin, and the Church

On Orthodox Easter, just weeks before Russia’s 70th Victory Day celebration, Russian Patriarch Kirill addressed scores of the faithful, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He likened the resurrection of Christ—who, in Orthodox parlance, “trampled down death by death”—to the Russian, née Soviet, victory over the Nazis.“When spiritual heroism becomes the substance not only of the individual but of an entire people... the nation acquires enormous spiritual strength, which no disasters or enemies are capable of overcoming,” he told those gathered in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. “The truth of these words is evidently attested by the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, achieved by the self-sacrificing heroism of our people.” Continue Reading »

Orthodox Terrorism

Long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and unproclaimed war in the Donbass, Ukraine had become a religious battleground. Despite the warning of Yurii Chernomorets, Cyril Hovorun, and other observers, none of the leading Ukrainian and Western politicians foresaw the threat posed by an . . . . Continue Reading »

Christian Witness in Ukraine

On a summer afternoon at the southern tip of the Crimean Peninsula, I shield my face from the blazing sun as I watch archaeologists dig amid the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Chersonesos. Soon I retreat beneath the canopy of a reconstructed rotunda and unexpectedly encounter the remains of a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church in the Bloodlands

Ukraine has been riven by civil strife. The winter months of 2014 saw a three-month-long anti-government demonstration in the square of Kyiv known as the Maidan, which led to the forced resignation, after four years in office, of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. It was followed by the . . . . Continue Reading »

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