Two days in a monastery is a gift, but so is realizing that you belong somewhere else.
It is a grace to receive from the global community, especially as the Christian footprint is re-centering toward the global South and East. Those of us in the West and North should be in a listening posture.
Prioritizing open dialogue and mutual respect in the future will help move Orthodox and Protestant traditions toward the realization of Christ’s ultimate prayer for unity “that they may be one just as we are one” (John 17:22). With that hope in mind, I’ve listed 5 things Orthodox Christians can learn from Protestants.
The difference in liturgical calendars at this season of the church year provides an opportunity to consider some lessons for American Protestantism from the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christendom.
A weekend of lectures on the life and teaching of Baptist historian E. Glenn Hinson prompts further reflection on Hinson’s contributions over six decades. These are just four of his many gifts to the Christian community.
The first week of a new year, a group of Baptist seminary students and I will join the Benedictines at the Abbey for worship, contemplation and learning from Benedictine spirituality.
The days of viewing our faith as the remaking of the world into our image are long past, thanks be to God. Our call is to find ways to work for the common good with the values Jesus instituted in the inbreaking Reign of God.
The aim of the ecumenical process was not to merge Baptists and Methodists into one large institution but to enable the two traditions to bring their different gifts to bear in a common way that benefits society.
The directors of television newscasts lead intense, even frantic professional lives. They work long, caffeinated hours weaving together the up-to-the-minute contributions of producers, photographers and anchors into — they hope — coherent broadcasts. It’s much the same as shepherding a congregation, says Erica Van Brakle, a veteran of TV news production-turned-American Baptist pastor.