Why don't we have active religious communities?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:04 PM
A monk is called to pray for the whole world which is as "active" as it is "contemplative" because it is an event in and of the Kingdom.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 05:45 PM
In orthodoxy there is no distinction between the sacred and the secular as an aspect of the mission of the Church is to bring the whole of creation back to God as humans were created as the crown of creation and part of what it means to be a Christian growing in the likeness of God is to bring all of creation with us. Some people have specific gifts but all Christians have a responsibility to spread the word and defend the faith.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:34 PM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:55 PM
Posted 07 September 2014 - 12:09 PM
Would making and selling coffee be considered a "secular ministry?"
Why would it have to be? Monasteries have to earn their keep somehow. Historically, monasteries have produced for sale olives and olive oil, honey and beeswax (and candles), incense, wine, icons, wooden items (often carved), and vestments. I can't see anything unbecoming or immoral in monasteries producing coffee.
Posted 07 September 2014 - 10:51 PM
If you are referring to All Merciful Savior Monastery in Seattle, coffee is indeed a religious issue - and if you don't know that, you don't know Fr Tryphon.
Fr Tryphon is not the only abbot or monk who regards coffee this way. I've yet to come across a monk that doesn't.
Posted 12 October 2014 - 11:28 PM
As far as I understand the Church, well Orthodox, believe that community is what we are. Even the hermits make a point of going to the monastery to attend liturgy and commune occasionally with the monks there. The divine Liturgy is an active religious communty gathered in the presence of God. Many Churches have evening and/or weekend retreats to discuss aspects of our Faith, to commune and be blessed by each of our own Spiritual experiences, to listen to guest speakers, to learn about prayer or chanting. As far as a mission, well God himself told us and it wasn't going out on the street to convince none believers to convert. But simply by living the life of an Orthodox Christian. Let your light shine so that others may see and give Glory to God. Most Churches and Metropolisis not only have very active communities which are structured around our Spiritual lives. But beyond that most also have very active philanthropic communities as well. I will go on record and say that I believe the Orthodox Church starting with the Apostles Peter and Paul is very much and active religious community.
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