Russian theologian urges to actively solve the problem of discriminating Christians in the world

Lecturer of the Moscow Theological Academy Yury Maximov complains that interreligious dialogue doesn't pay much attention to the problem of Christians discrimination in various countries.

"We lack honest discussion of painful questions concerning the position of Christians in non-Christian countries, where they are apparently discriminated," he said in his interview to Interfax-Religion.

Bishop Teodosije: Of great importance is a restoration of Serbian homes in which is celebrated the Name of God

Christmas has been today solemnly celebrated in Visoki Dechani also, where Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan has served a Holy Liturgy with monks of the monastery. The joy of Nativity of Jesus monks shared with guests from Serbia and representatives of Serbian communities in Metohija, reports Zivojin Rakocevic, the editor of Radio KIM, from Zvechan. Bishop Teodosije said that Christmas as always has brought a lot of joy: ‘' The God-child came to save the world from man, to save the mankind. We are making efforts to welcome our dearest guest who will give us many gifts from heaven.'' , said Bishop Teodosije and emphasized an importance of the return to Metohija and a need to restore full life of Serbs who return.

Christmas Eve celebration at the Russian Hall

The Russian Orthodox Church and a Russian community in Belgrade gathered today the faithful of the Russian and the Serbian Church at the Russian Hall in order to celebrate Christmas Eve. In an atmosphere of the traditional unity and love of Serbian and Russian people a concert of Christmas carols of the Belgrade Madrigal Choir with a conductor Aleksandar Brujic was held. In the full auditorium of the Russian Hall director delivered a speech, and then followed speeches of Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjev, a head of the Podvorye of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, and of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia.

The Past and Future of Liturgical Theology: Celebrating the Legacy of Father Alexander Schmemann

Renowned liturgist The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J. will present the keynote address at an international academic symposium titled “The Past and Future of Liturgical Theology: Celebrating the Legacy of Father Alexander Schmemann,” to be held at St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS), from January 29–31, 2009.

SVS seminarian carries scholarship aid to "Pearl of Africa's Crown"

British statesman Winston Churchill once referred to Uganda as "the Pearl of Africa's Crown," with its equatorial snow-capped mountains, breathtaking waterfalls originating from the headwaters of the Nile at Lake Victoria, and over 3,400 species of birds and magnificent mountain gorillas. Today, Uganda secures Churchill's epithet by offering tourists white water rafting through turbulent rivers and exotic treks around shimmering lakes, creating an almost mythic lost kingdom for visitors.

But 3rd-year St. Vladimir's seminarian Troy Hamilton saw another, more circumspect view of the country when he visited the northern region around the small town of Gulu over his winter semester break, January 1-12, 2009. Snubbing the superlative camping spots and spectacular national parks, he saw people. People recovering from a civil war that had decimated villages and forced their resettlement in United Nations refugee camps where they lingered for decades. People without ambition. People reluctant to rebuild their hometowns after their kinfolk and children had been beaten, raped, maimed, forced to march to exhaustion, or sold into virtual slavery as concubines and soldiers by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).