Keeping Time When Socially Isolated

This past Sunday was the first Liturgy in my parish since our bishop (like many others around the world) officially closed church gatherings to the public. We are making do with a “skeletal” liturgy (attended in person only by our priest and cantor) and live-streamed to the rest of the parish (and anyone else who wishes to visit).…

In Faith and Love: A Layperson’s Thoughts on Drawing Near during a Pandemic

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 (formerly known as the novel coronavirus) is officially a global pandemic. What does (or should) this mean for those of us in Eucharistic faith traditions like Orthodoxy, for whom receiving Communion (with our actual, microorganism-harboring mouths) is central to the lived reality of faith and fellowship? Since the Church is…

In Anger We Trust? Repentance in the Age of Rage

It’s been over a month, and I’m still reeling from a comment I read on social media in January. Since yesterday was Forgiveness Sunday, signaling that we have now entered into Lent proper, I’m reflecting on how that single comment has shaped my attitude toward anger and reconciliation. It all started with a meme. What the meme actually…