Basic Glossary of Orthodox Terminology.

I had been planning on putting a little glossary together to help us all better understand some of the Orthodox terminology as we explore the Ukraine Crisis and the Orthodox Church.  Then I thought the Internet probably has such a focused glossary.  This one seems to be helpful for most of our glossary concerns.  Now if you are wondering what is meant by patriarchate, autocephalous, metropolitan, etc., you can easily check it out.

Media Coverage of Orthodoxy and the Ukraine War

Media Coverage of Orthodoxy and the Ukraine War – Terry Mattingly, 4/22/22 (Interesting and informative 34 minute interview)

2022-5-21 Announcement of Ukraine Presentation.

Fr. Edward Henderson, a Russian Orthodox Priest, presented historical background and religious perspective on the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  Fr. Edward grew up as an Episcopalian in Florida, has spent time in both Russia and Ukraine, speaks Russian, has a Masters Degree in Russian Studies, and a Master of Divinity Degree.  Fr. Edward is pastor of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, a parish of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America located in Berkeley, CA.

Here’s the YouTube link  of the presentation.  If you would like a copy of the manuscript contact



For an introduction to Just War Theory, you could check this out:

Why is Russia’s church backing Putin’s war? Church-state history gives a clue

Here's a helpful article on the background of Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Media Coverage of the War in Ukraine

Podcasts are a great source of information on Ukraine Crisis:

This podcast from Issues Etc recorded March 9 is an interview between Host Todd Wilkin (LCMS Pastor) and a Journalist Terry Mattingly who was Evangelical Protestant (Baptist and Anglican) before joining the Orthodox Church.   0681. Media Coverage of the War in Ukraine and the Orthodox Church – Terry Mattingly, 3/9/22
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The Briefing Friday, March 18th, 2022

The second podcast which is also available in print format is by the very knowledgeable conservative Baptist and Seminary President Albert Mohler.who has The Briefing daily podcast..  While there are a number of The Briefing podcasts on the Russian Ukrainian conflict, the one for today, March 10 is particularly relevant.  The Briefing - Friday, March 18, 2022

Both of the above podcast producers have Apps that you can download free on your phone.
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Hundreds of Russian Pastors Oppose War in Ukraine
(UPDATED) Ukrainian evangelicals demand more Bonhoeffers, as Russian evangelicals debate whether public protest under Putin can achieve more than prayer.

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A woman holds a "Stop the war" placard in central Moscow during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, on March 3, 2022.
Ukrainian evangelicals have had enough.
Battered by a week of war, they have heard numerous prayers for peace uttered by their Russian colleagues. But they did not hear condemnation.
“Your unions have congratulated Putin, giving thanks for freedom of belief,” said Taras Dyatlik, the Overseas Council regional director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “The time has come to make use of that freedom.”
Hundreds of Russian Pastors Oppose War in Ukraine



Websites for giving to Ukrainian Relief.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Samaritan’s Purse

World Vision