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It is interesting that by implication the OCA completely rejects just war theory in its latest statement about Nazism. The most challenging aspect of just war theory is the claim that the violence of WWII was justified as we liberated Jews and other minorities -- who were being murdered -- from the concentration camps. But according the the synod of bishops from the Orthodox Church in America, we detest violence of every kind, and should have sought the salvation of the Nazis. I agree. This is a profound statement against war. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 hours ago

Good night to all and God Bless. ... See MoreSee Less

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19 hours ago

What a great Icon this. They say Icons are written, not painted, because they tell a story. Well there is so much information in this one.
It shows three of the Archangels. The one on the left is St. Gabriel. St. Gabriel never is depicted with a weapon because all of His accomplishments were vocal. The most notable was the Annunciation. You can see an Icon of the result of this feast on His shield, the Incarnation, and in His left hand is a scroll showing written words. The middle one is St. Michael. He is standing on the old Adam who was cast out of Heaven, and is holding in His left hand the new Adam. He cast all the evil out of Heaven, defending the good of God, and he is holding a sword and has one in its sheath. The third is St. Raphael, a healer of God's people. Healing the mind as well as the body.
Now look at where they are standing. One on a mountain, One on the earth and the other on the sea. They are here to protect all of His creation on the earth. Have to get this Icon for my collection. God Bless.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Orthodox Church emphatically declares that it does not promote, protect or sanction participation in such reprehensible acts of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and proclaims that such beliefs and behaviors have no place in any community based in respect for the law and faith in a loving God.

The essence of the Christian Gospel and the spirit of the Orthodox Tradition are entirely and self-evidently incompatible with ideologies that declare the superiority of any race over another. Our God shows no partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17, Romans 2:11). Our Lord Jesus Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostility that had separated God from humans and humans from each other (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ Jesus, the Church proclaims, there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, but all are one (Galatians 3:28). Furthermore, we call on one another to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to expose them (Ephesians 5:11). And what is darkness if not hatred? The one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness (1 John 2:11)!

Furthermore, in 1872, Hierarchs from around the world assembled in Constantinople and denounced all forms of xenophobia and chauvinism (phyletism). They agreed that the promotion of racial or national supremacy and ethnic bias or dissension in the Church of Christ is to be censured as contrary to the sacred teachings of the Christian Gospel and the holy canons of the Church. It is formally condemned as heresy, the strongest category of false teaching.

Finally, such actions as we have witnessed in recent days, by self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and various racists and fascists, betray the core human values of love and solidarity. In this, we pray wholeheartedly for the families of those who lost their lives or suffered in these tragic events. In like manner, we cannot condone any form of revenge or retaliation by any group or individual. Therefore, we fervently appeal to every person of good will, and especially the leaders of our great nation, to consider and adopt ways of reconciling differences in order to rise above any and all discrimination in our history, our present, and our future.
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