The Cross has been banned in school, a sign of the times?
Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:22 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:20 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:40 PM
‘What we will do is that if it turns out that the law has the intention of banning the display of religious symbols in the workplace, as has come out in this case [the Nadia Eweida case], then we will change the law and make clear that people can wear religious symbols at work,’ he said.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:01 PM
I hope that, just as a Sikh can wear a turban instead of a crash helmet, an Orthodox Christtian would be able to argue that attending the Divine Liturgy on Sunday IS a core component, since missing it three weeks in a row is cannonically cause for excommunication. I'm not holding my breath over that though.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:41 PM
This has just been reported: http://www.telegraph...ules-judge.html
The key point made by the judge was that Sunday's being a day of rest and worship "is not a core component of the Christian faith".
A new ruling by a High Court judge - the first on the issue in nearly a decade - says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs.
Since when did worshipping on Sunday cease being a 'core component' of Christian beliefs?!?
Kyrie Eleison! This is NOT encouraging at all.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:02 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:56 AM
What exactly was the argument? Whether an employer has the right fire an employee for refusing work on sunday or whether sunday constitutes an essential day of worship for christians? The former deals with labor law the latter is something secular courts are unqualified to pass a pronouncement on.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:55 PM
I have not analysed the decision which may reflect the way higher courts (this is only an Employment Tribunal) have interpreted employment law. The question is whether employment legislation is biased against Christians - which I don't think it is - or whether the way the legislation is construed by the courts shows bias against Christians. It is easy to see why this second point may seem an issue. I think there is no intentional bias against Christians. There are similar cases which are decided against Jews and Muslims. What I think is at issue is the failure of judges to understand the Christian faith but they may be hampered in that by the vagueness of most Christian denominations. What would happen in the case of an Orthodox Christian remains to be seen but our canons require us to attend church on Sunday.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:09 PM
Thank you for this, Alice. It is obviously wrong to say that the UK has a campaign against Christianity in general and wearing a cross in particular. I was only thinking about this yesterday when I noticed several women at the checkouts of my local supermarket (Tesco) openly wearing crosses. Some of my students wear crosses as do some of our female staff. I wear my baptismal cross at all times though normally it cannot be seen, but, as I have said before, I have a cross and icons in my office. The head of our School of Law has a large poster of Christ in his office - it's the first thing you see as you enter. I wonder if it could be said that it is unreasonable of parents to object if a school requires a child's cross on a necklace to be removed during school PE and sports lessons for health and safety reasons. The child does not suddenly become less Orthodox or compromised in their faith. Is there too much standing on rather misplaced notions about the obvious display of this token of our faith?
I just came across this now, on my travels around UK due to work I do notice that certain parts are more religious. I was surprised to find 2 shopping malls one in East London/ Essex Area and another in Manchester with a prayer room.
In Manchester the staff I work with openly talked about confession and praying the Hil Mary even though they made joke about it as one of the guy swore, sill it was surprising to hear it in such an environment.
When I had a small baptismal cross it was admired by others twice on my train journey. Now i wear a Russian cross since I lost my original baptismal cross in the monastery somewhere.... most people at work stare at it and of course the St Catherine's ring I wear next to it as well.
Well in Saudia Arabia some building had to be destroyed because when the sun came up and a shadow was made a cross was formed.......
I see lots of youngsters wear those Roman Catholic icon bracelets or rosaries in London, though i think it is more of a fashion thing than anything else.
Im usually more happy to find an Orthodox person at my work place.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:19 PM
'Save us O Lord our God and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Thy holy name.' (Ps. 105. 47)
Now, if this feast of the pagans is celebrated today with such joy of the world and of the flesh, with the singing of meaningless and base songs, with banquets and shameful dances, if these things which the pagans do in the celebration of this false festival do not please you, then you shall be gathered from among the nations...
No one lives in any type of life without those three movements of the soul, that is, of believing, hoping, loving. If you do not believe what the pagans believe, if you do not hope for what they hope for, if you do not love what they love, then you are gathered from among the pagans; you are removed from them; that is, you are separated from the nations...
Are you going to take part in a celebration of the New Year? Are you, just like a pagan, going to play dice and become intoxicated when you believe, hope, and love otherwise? How can you then sing with an open countenance: 'Save us O Lord our God: and gather us from among the nations'?
For you are segregated from the pagans; associated with them physically, you are unlike them in your way of life...
When they give gifts; do you give alms. They are called away by songs of license; you, by the discourses of the Scriptures. They run to the theatre; you, to the church. They become intoxicated; do you fast. If you are not able to fast today, at least dine with moderation...
Now, I speak to the true Christians. If you believe, hope, and love otherwise [than the pagans do], then live otherwise and gain approval for your distinctive faith, hope, and charity by distinctive actions...
For...demons are pleased with misleading songs, with worthless shows, with the varied foulness of the theatre, with the frenzy of the games, with the cruelty of the amphitheatre, with the violent contests of those who undertake strife and controversy provocative even of hostility in their support of noxious characters, for instance, of an actor in a mime, a play, or a pantomime, of a charioteer, or of a hunter. By acting in this way they, as it were, offer incense to the demons within their hearts...
Walk then as children of light, so that we too who preach the word of the Lord to you, may with you and because of you, rejoice in perpetual light.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:42 AM
But especially today Christianity is accountable for the incorrect image of our faith that is displayed to non-Christians. In the information age, Christianity (to a large extent) fails to give testimony in a society desperately looking for a way out of its failure.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:13 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:08 AM
This is true. People are more or less consciously (mostly less) wanting an answer to life's biggest questions but the wider perception of Christianity, formed by views of Anglican and Protestant failings and Roman Catholic scandals, is that is that it is a spent force with little or no relevance. Orthodoxy, we believe, has the answers to people's questions yet is hardly known, and how many will embrace it even if they get to know about it?
There is a growing disdain for the State on this side of the pond, and they are gaining numbers. The Orthodox faithful in this nation had no say in the first Revolution, and if there is ever to be a second one, they will play a much greater role. Indeed, never in this nation's history has it been the better time for the conversion of a nation.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:07 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:08 PM
But it rejected a similar legal challenge from Shirley Chaplin, a nurse, ruling that the hospital where she worked should be able to refuse permission to wear a cross on “health and safety” grounds.
It has been standard practice for many years for operating theatre nurses and surgeons to forego all jewellery, including wedding bands, necklaces/pendants and earrings, when working in theatre, to maintain proper infection control standards. Whether the hospital insists these items not be worn within the hospital outside of theatre is not made clear.
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