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April 23, 2021

We Are Getting Closer to the Event!

In addition to the blessing from H.E.Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the ROOCR a blessing from the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been received (on the right). At this point, I have 17 confirmed papers from world-leading experts on the history of the ROCOR. These papers will be presented on Nov. 23-26. The first three papers have been received and a translator began his work. Crowdfunding will start soon. You may find regular updates about the conference on its FaceBook group,
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Maintaining Conciliarity Over the Frontlines and Ideologies (1918-1922)

Here is an excerpt from the conclusion to the second chapter of the book on the history of conciliarity, which I finished this week.

At the same time, Patriarch Tikhon demonstrated a keen intuition about the limits of church oikonomia: on the one hand, he had condescended to the demands of his captors and on the other he served as a figurehead of the Russian Church, having granted temporary ecclesiastical autonomies to its units existing in different circumstances such as Kolchak’s Siberia, Petliura’s Ukraine or Romanian controlled Moldova. This was keenly noted by Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn: “At that time the whole weight of those unexpected and somehow not-yet-understood years was laid upon his shoulders – yet not only this weight. At the same time the burden of the sins of all previous Russian ecclesiastical history was becoming apparent.”[i]

[i] “Letter to the Third Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad,” Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad, (Accessed April 3, 2021)
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