theorthodoxbritreturns:

Metropolitan Theodosios (Atallah Hanna) of Sebastia joins other Christian leaders from Palestine in praying for the suffering people of Gaza

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Metropolitan Theodosios (Atallah Hanna) of Sebastia joins other Christian leaders from Palestine in praying for the suffering people of Gaza

Just finished reading this. Reading the words of St. Isaac the Syrian give me much hope for myself and others. His commentaries on the nature of God, humankind, heaven and hell, and other things can be a source of salvation and mercy to all. Highly recommended to everyone.

St. Isaac the Syrian, pray for us.

Just finished reading this. Reading the words of St. Isaac the Syrian give me much hope for myself and others. His commentaries on the nature of God, humankind, heaven and hell, and other things can be a source of salvation and mercy to all. Highly recommended to everyone.

St. Isaac the Syrian, pray for us.

Are we prepared to say that sexual purity is so central to the Gospel that any deviation threatens salvation? Are we really prepared to create such a narrow gate that only white, middle-class, cisgender, heterosexual American Christians can go through?

Or are we prepared to listen to people’s stories, to allow that we are a Body, a community composed of vastly different people with vastly different experiences, all contributing to a wonderful thriving Love? Are we going to participate in the public sphere with the knowledge that the Other is created by God just as we are? Or are we going to insist that our idea of God’s plan makes it the same for everyone?

— I’m continuing the series on unlearning purity culture today with a post about the pluralistic nature of God’s plan and sexuality. (via diannaeanderson)

jellyfishandpug:

Painter painting in our land pictures of only white angels
Painter painting in our time in shadows of yesterday

Painter, if you paint with love, paint me some black angels now
For all good blacks in heaven, painter show us that you care

Eartha Kitt - Angelitos Negros (1970 performance)

I wonder how she would’ve reacted had she been able to visit an actually African church, rather than what I’m guessing based on her place and time of birth was probably a church imposed on her people at some point in the past by racist, white slave-holders. Not that her point wouldn’t stand as far as it applies (if by “our land” she means America), but things tend to look pretty different in the native churches of Africa.

Interior, Debre Birhan Selassie Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Gondar

Reliquary of St. Moses the Black/St. Moses the Strong/St. Moses the Ethiopian at El-Baramous monastery in the Egyptian desert, founded 335 AD by St. Macarius the Great.

15th century Ethiopian (or Eritrean?) depiction of hymnographer St. Yared

(via assyrian-prince)

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:22-26 (ESV)

Thank you sasshole-central

Do not fear the conflict with passions and sin, do not flee from it: where there is no struggle, there is no virtue; where there are no temptations for faithfulness and love, it is uncertain whether there is really any faithfulness and love for the Lord. Our faith, trust and love are proved and revealed in adversities, that is, in difficult and grievous outward and inward circumstances, during sickness, sorrow and privations. — St. John of Kronstadt (via orthodoxthoughts)

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