Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

It gives me great pleasure to welcome, introduce, and recommend this book by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It has been a personal privilege for me to become acquainted with the ministry and initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch...

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

This volume contains a selection of major addresses and significant messages as well as public statements initiated by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on a variety of critical social, global, and interfaith issues. The original documents...

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Introduction: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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pp. 1-14

How can an ancient Christian faith, dating its liturgical existence and doctrinal expression to the earliest apostolic period, speak to a contemporary world? How can the ‘‘first among equals,’’ the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians...

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1. The Ecumenical Patriarchate: Visionary Ministry

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pp. 15-29

Venerating the Holy, Consubstantial, Life-giving and Undivided Trinity, obedient to the will of the One Lord as expressed by the Church through the unanimous canonical ballot of the holy Brotherhood, and professing the holy Orthodox Christian faith...

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2. Orthodoxy in America: Local Paradigms

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pp. 30-53

At this hour, when the orb of the sun descends out of view, leaving us only the remains of its light, we have gathered in this magnificent edifice to give thanks and praise to God. We express and extend our deepest and abiding thanks to this gracious...

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3. Religion and Society: Social Insights

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pp. 54-122

We rise to express our gratitude and profound sense of appreciation to you, Madame Secretary, for your hospitality to our Modesty and this tribute to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We rise to address you not as another dignitary among...

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4. Church and World: Global Perspectives

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pp. 123-221

While many Christians have long celebrated Easter, this year Orthodox Easter takes place on April 27—much later than normally, as a result of ancient calendar calculations and regulations requiring the prior celebration of the Jewish Passover...

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5. Interfaith Dialogue: Interreligious and Intercultural Dimensions

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pp. 222-289

We wish to offer our warm and wholehearted greetings to each one of you, the beloved representatives of the major religions, who are distinguished because you have been endowed with minds of the highest caliber but even more so because...

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6. Major Declarations: Public Proclamations

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pp. 290-312

1. We thank God also for this fraternal meeting of ours, which took place in his name and with the firm intention of obeying his will that his disciples be one (Jn. 17.21). Our meeting has followed other important events, which have seen our Churches...

Index

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pp. 313-335