An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Clinging desperately to a reality that seems long since past (how many Christians remain in Constantinople, aka Istanbul?), the EP of the Orthodox Church seems to be getting renewed grief from Muslim Turk "extremists" Given the huge Turkish flock that the Patriarch presides over, I am sure he is easily able to bend the will of Turkish politics to do such amazing things like reopening a seminary the government forcibly closed down and protecting christian graveyards from desecration. Heck, if the Turkish government were like the US government, how long do you think it would be (as long as we identified Orthodox Christians as a perseucted minority) before there'd be a Divine Liturgy happening regularly in the Hagia Sophia?
well, issues in turkey could be quite relevant for most of america in the not too distant future.. that is if one of the most (if not THE most) respected organizations analyzing world affairs is to be trusted. the Royal Institute of International Affairs has released a report saying that out of all the possible future scenarios that could actually take place in iraq, a wide spread civil war is the most likely... a war that would pull in syria, iran, and turkey, destabilizing the entire region. of course there are other possible scenarios that may play out as well.