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Ecclesiology and the Church

This area is for conversations on the Church and ecclesiology (literally the study of the ecclesia), such as: the structure of the Church; the hierarchy and its offices; historical patterns of ecclesiology; the Church's approach to mission; calendar and related issues.


The nature of the Church

The nature and identity of the Church, including questions of division.

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Musical Instruments in a Gr... - last post by Kosta

Hierarchy, clergy, rulers and administration

The hierarchical form, clerical offices, organisation and administration of the Orthodox Church, including Orthodox rulers (kings, emperors, etc).

  • 131 topics
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Russian Orthodox Church and... - last post by Ben Johnson

Church councils and canons

The history, deliberations, canons and other materials relating directly to the councils of the Church, both ecumenical and local.

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Why No Ecumenical Council S... - last post by SeanN

Evangelism and mission

Orthodoxy's approach to missionary activity and authentically evangelical life.

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What exactly could be said... - last post by Phoebe K.

Localities, jurisdictions and calendars

The relationship of individual local Churches and jurisdictions, as well as calendar issues and associated topics.

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How is the Easter date derr... - last post by Timothy Phillips

Orthodox ecclesiology in relation to other churches

The relationship of Orthodox ecclesiology to that of other churches, in terms of structure, doctrine and history (rather than mission, which has its own area); including all discussions on ecumenism.

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The Church - last post by Kosta