War, Ukraine, and Orthodox Epistemology

“Love your enemies… unless they invade your ancestral homeland, overthrow a government you prefer, or enact policies you find abhorrent.”The Antigospel of Satan (i.e. “Things Jesus NEVER said”).  Introduction: the temptation of demonization in times of warI have seen what what war does to the souls of good people. Far too often, the temptations of […]

Some Advice for Ukrainian “Experts”

I’ve done several interviews on the Maidan and the pig’s breakfast the situation in Ukraine is becoming.  Here’s the most recent (lightly edited). As for my statement, I am a retired military intelligence officer (and political science professor) who spent many years working the war in Afghanistan for the US Intelligence Community.  I’m also a […]

Maidan Casualties for All-Souls

A dear friend compiled this list from multiple sources (Date of Information: 21 February 2014). MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL! Alexandr Scherbaniuk Anatoliy Zhalovaha Anatoliy Zherebnev Andrii Movchan Andriy Chernenko Andriy Dihdalovych Andriy Fedyukin Andriy Korchak Andriy Sayenko Andriy Tchernenko Antonina Dvoryanets Bohdan Bayda Bohdan Solchanyk Bohdan Vaida Bohdan Kalyniak David Kipiani Dmytro Pahor Dmytro […]

From the UOC-USA: Human Dignity and the Basic Rights of Freedom Must be Preserved

Council of Bishops of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Human Dignity and the Basic Rights of Freedom Must be Preserved  Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ! It has been only a few weeks, and most recently just two days since the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA expressed its […]

From the UOC-USA: The use of force, confrontation, and violence will fail to resolve political issues!

The use of force, confrontation and violence will fail to resolve political issues! Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ! The events of the last several days and especially the last several months in the life of independent Ukraine have caused the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA to call upon […]

Day Fourteen: Giving Thanks to Our God as a Nation

Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Archpastoral Message for 2013 Thanksgiving Day:We Offer Praise and Thanksgiving Once again, our nation pauses to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our tables will be spilling over with food and our homes will resonate with laughter and conversation as we gather to celebrate this special day. Thanksgiving […]

Day One: Get your beard on (or off)!

Beards are all the rage.  Here in New England, the Red Sox just won the World Series by getting their beards on; the male cast of Duck Dynasty has also done their part to bring respect to the beard.  In my profession, beards are often seen as part of the game.  When I was catechized, […]

Some thoughts on the priestly vocation (impediments and advice)

The following represents my own personal reflections and are not necessarily representative of anyone else’s opinions.  I focus on the UOC-USA because it is the Church I serve and the example I know best.  With some minor modifications, these probably work for other Churches and dioceses, as well.  I look forward to your comments. Requirements […]

Why do Orthodox Christians Participate in “Pagan” Activities?

We have some Jehovah’s Witnesses that come by the rectory pretty regularly (you have to admire their persistent optimism!). Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses are latter-day followers of the heretic Arius: they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the uncreated, only-begotten Son of God, One of the Holy Trinity. But that is not the point for […]

Homily – Ss. Peter and Paul

Symbols of Nothing… but the One Thing   Introduction It is has been a challenging few weeks for Orthodoxy in America. Here, I speak less of the repose of our beloved + Metropolitan Constantine – for his was a constant witness for the stability and unity that are in Christ – but rather of two […]