A large rally in defense of family values and against passage of the civil partnership law (which will recognize same-sex unions) took place in Tallin on Sunday near the house of parliament, reports RIA-Novosti.
The partnership act that enables a legal registration of same-sex unions, among other unions, was adopted at the first reading of the parliament. The second and third readings are scheduled for October 7 and 9. The Estonian government has already approved the bill.
Orthodox churches were always a special architectural element of particular regions. Built often many years, are a proof of tradition, history, culture, and first of all faith of residents of this area. We care to show this heritage for the largest audience. That’s why, thanks to donation from LGD*, we have created the website www.puszczaknyszynska.cerkiew.pl, on which we presented panoramas of orthodox churches and chapels from this area. Everybody who is interested can see these orthodox churches outside or inside. Additionally they can enrich their trip with knowledge about this buildings.
The second Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative (LOI) Consultation was held at the serene St Vlash monastery in the Albanian capital of Tirana from September 15 to 19, 2014.
According to Revd Canon Mark Oxbrow, Facilitator, Lausanne Facilitator for Orthodox-Evangelical Relations, the final commnique issued states “that relationships between Evangelicals and Orthodox engaged in mission have not always been positive. But with the efforts from LOI which is working towards increased mutual understanding and healing of wounds, in order to collaborate more effectively in God’s mission.”
Assyrians are preparing for the 2015 centennial commemoration of the genocide committed against them in World War One by Ottoman Turkey. A film team spent recently three weeks in southeast Turkey shooting for a documentary film which will premiere next year. The Turkish genocide targeted Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks between 1915 and 1918. 750,000 Assyrians (75%) were killed, 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks.
To a particularly beautiful, full of qualitative academic contributions event dedicated to the person of Saint Maximus the Confessor the International Colloquium, titled ‘Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher’, was evolved.
The Colloquium was realized as a synergy of Freie Universitat in Berlin and the University of Athens and was held in Freie Universitat Berlin’s Institute of Philosophy in Berlin, from September 26-28, 2014.