In the World, Yet Not of the World: Social and Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

In the World, Yet Not of the World: Social and Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Edited and with an Introduction by John Chryssavgis
Copyright Date: 2010
Published by: Fordham University Press
Pages: 350
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    In the World, Yet Not of the World: Social and Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
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    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew speaks to a contemporary world about, human rights, religious tolerance, international peace, environmental protection, and more.In the World, Yet Not of the World represents a selection of major addresses and significant messages as well as public statements by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, first among equalsand spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. The Patriarch is as comfortable preaching about the spiritual legacy of the Orthodox Church as he is promoting sociopolitical issues of his immediate cultural environment and praying for respect toward Islam or for global peace.As the documents reveal, the tenure of the Ecumenical Patriarch has been characterized by inter-Orthodox cooperation, inter-Christian dialogue and interreligious understanding. He has traveled more extensively than any other Orthodox Patriarch in history, exchanging official visitations with numerous ecclesiastical and state dignitaries.In particular, because he is a citizen of Turkey and the leader of a Christian minority in a predominantly Muslim nation, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's personal experience endows him with a unique perspective on religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue. These documents are drawn from his prominent leadership roles as primary spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian world and transnational figure of global significance - influential roles that become more vital each day. Published together here for the first time, the writings reveal the Ecumenical Patriarch as a bridge builder and peacemaker. One of his catchphrases is War in the name of religion is war against religion.Over the past eighteen years, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's inclination and intention have been to address the most difficult issues facing the world-the deep and increasing mistrust between East and West, the decay and widening destruction of the natural environment, as well as the sharp divisions among the various Christian confessions and diverse faith communities-whether on religious, racial, or cultural levels. He regards being a servant of reconciliation as a primary obligation of his spiritual ministry to. This book reveals the powerful influence of a spiritual institution from the unique perspective of a Christian leader in the world, and yet not of the world.Some of the topics covered:o Faith and freedomo Racism and fundamentalismo Mutual respect and toleranceo Ecology and povertyo Human rights and freedomo Racial and religious discriminationo Church and stateo Terrorism and corruptiono Freedom of conscienceo Europe, Turkey and the worldo Religion and politicso Christians and Muslimso Christians and Jews

    eISBN: 978-0-8232-4892-6
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-viii)
    José Manuel Barroso

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome, introduce, and recommend this book by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

    It has been a personal privilege for me to become acquainted with the ministry and initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch over the past few years, during which period we have both had occasion to exchange formal and informal visits at the European Commission in Brussels as well as at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul.

    The book is aptly entitledIn the World, Yet Not of the Worldbecause Patriarch Bartholomew speaks from the depth of the Orthodox Christian tradition dating back...

  4. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Introduction: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
    (pp. 1-14)
    John Chryssavgis

    How can an ancient Christian faith, dating its liturgical existence and doctrinal expression to the earliest apostolic period, speak to a contemporary world? How can the “first among equals,” the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world, address issues of critical concern from a tradition that spans twenty centuries? How can the Ecumenical Patriarch, living in historical Constantinople (modern day Istanbul), assume aleadership role on broader social and global matters, even though the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a spiritual and not a political institution? How can a Church leader speakin and to the worldfrom a...

  6. 1 The Ecumenical Patriarchate: Visionary Ministry
    (pp. 15-29)

    Venerating the Holy, Consubstantial, Life-giving and Undivided Trinity, obedient to the will of the One Lord as expressed by the Church through the unanimous canonical ballot of the holy Brotherhood, and professing the holy Orthodox Christian faith, we assume from the hands of the blessed Dimitrios I, great among Patriarchs, the Cross of Andrew the First-called¹ in order to continue the ascent to the Place of the Skull, to be co-crucified with our Lord and His co-crucified Church, to perpetuate the light of the Resurrection.

    Only by interpreting in this manner the canonical ballot of the most respected hierarchy of...

  7. 2 Orthodoxy in America: Local Paradigms
    (pp. 30-53)

    At this hour, when the orb of the sun descends out of view, leaving us only the remains of its light, we have gathered in this magnificent edifice to give thanks and praise to God. We express and extend our deepest and abiding thanks to this gracious invitation and likewise grace-filled welcome to this cathedral of the American people. Like the many fragments pieced together in the stained-glass windows that adorn this house of prayer, and that are suffused with every color and hue under heaven, the American people constitute such a radiant image of humanity.

    Indeed, the yearning of...

  8. 3 Religion and Society: Social Insights
    (pp. 54-122)

    We rise to express our gratitude and profound sense of appreciation to you, Madame Secretary, for your hospitality to our Modesty and this tribute to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We rise to address you not as another dignitary among many but as a fellow laborer in the vineyard of peace who honors your commitment to the work of reconciliation and the greater scope of dignity and justice for the whole human family.

    We are making this pastoral visit to America in observance of the seventy-fifth year of our beloved Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Part of our mission is to reach out beyond...

  9. 4 Church and World: Global Perspectives
    (pp. 123-221)

    While many Christians have long celebrated Easter, this year Orthodox Easter takes place on April 27—much later than normally, as a result of ancient calendar calculations and regulations requiring the prior celebration of the Jewish Passover, in accordance with their traditional interpretation of scriptural record. Thus, at midnight on Saturday, April 26, the night that is said to be brighter than any sunlit day, some 300 million Orthodox Christians will crowd churches to hear the words: “Come, receive the light!” Throughout the world, entire congregations, previously waiting in darkness and anticipation, will light up in splendor and people’s faces...

  10. 5 Interfaith Dialogue: Interreligious and Intercultural Dimensions
    (pp. 222-289)

    We wish to offer our warm and wholehearted greetings to each one of you, the beloved representatives of the major religions, who are distinguished because you have been endowed with minds of the highest caliber but even more so because you have been endowed with superior hearts, you who are gathered here to meet and get to know each other in a more intimate manner and to discuss the problems that emerge because of the coexistence in the world of various religions. Dialogue and conversation—which is necessary for dialogue’s being carried out—are a necessary precondition of mutual understanding,...

  11. 6 Major Declarations: Public Proclamations
    (pp. 290-312)

    1. We thank God also for this fraternal meeting of ours, which took place in his name and with the firm intention of obeying his will that his disciples be one (Jn. 17.21). Our meeting has followed other important events, which have seen our Churches declare their desire to relegate to oblivion the excommunications of the past and to set out on the way to reestablishing full communion. Our venerable predecessors Athenagoras I and Paul VI became pilgrims to Jerusalem in order to meet in the Lord’s name, precisely where the Lord, by his death and Resurrection, brought humanity forgiveness...

  12. Index
    (pp. 313-336)