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Adopted at the Sacred Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, this document sets forth the basic provisions of her teaching on church-state relations and a number of problems socially significant today. It also reflects the official position of Moscow Patriarchate on relations with state and secular society. In addition, it gives a number of guidelines to be applied in this field by the episcopate, clergy and laity.

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XLIV: Let a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who takes usury from those who borrow of him, give up doing so, or be deposed.   First Nicea (325) Canon XVII: Forasmuch as many enrolled among the Clergy, following covetousness and lust of gain, have forgotten the divine Scripture, which says, “He hath not given his …

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XXIX: If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall obtain possession of that dignity by money, let both him and the person who ordained him be deposed, and also altogether cut off from all communion, as Simon Magus was by me, Peter.   First Nicea (325) Canon XII: As many as were called by grace, …

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XL: Let the private goods of the bishop, if he have any such, and those of the Lord, be clearly distinguished, that the bishop may have the power of leaving his own goods, when he dies, to whom he will, and how he will, and that the bishop’s own property may not be lost …

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Gangraean Council (340) Canon 21: We state these things, not by way of cutting off from the Church of God persons wishing to exercise themselves ascetically in accordance with the Scriptures, but those who take the matter of ascetic exercises as something to be proud of, and who regard those living and conducting themselves in an easier manner disdainfully, and …

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The bishops in the early Church were not content to limit their moral teaching on economic matters to general principles. They put numbers on the table and condemn specific business practices as unjust or contrary to “doing good.”

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The evangelization of America by Orthodox Christians and traditionally Roman Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, requires that we be transfigured by the Gospel. Or to put it another way, the evangelistic work of the Church is only possible if Orthodox Christians are really and truly personal and intentional of Jesus Christ.

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If I have no sense of who I am in Christ or if I don’t strive to be the person God has created me to be, then prayer—personal or liturgical—will never be more for me than a rote exercise. The tragedy of merely routine prayer (private or liturgical) is I come to prefer the words I say to who I am. Over time this leads me away from God, my neighbor and myself; I become rigid, lonely and angry. Consonant spiritual formation is part of how we avoid this situation.

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There’s been some interesting conversation recently about Seattle based CEO Dan Price’s decision to pay all of his employees a minimum annual salary of $70,000 (for more see here). Though well intentioned, Price’s business plan has evidently undermined the profitabiity of his business–this at least is what his brother claims in lawsuit (here). I think his brother is likely correct …

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The public proclamation of the Gospel doesn’t necessarily require we say to a person or a community that they are morally bad. It is rather to invite them and to challenge them to live a deeper, more sacrificial form of love. We aren’t so much saying “You’re wrong!”—though there are times we must—as we are saying “You can be better!”

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