As Archons, we have a responsibility to defend the Mother Church and to articulate the importance and prerogatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In order to aid you in this, the Order has developed a unique five-video series that gives you solid, concise, and readily understandable information on some of the key issues regarding the Ecumenical Patriarchate today.
This video series, available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian, explores five core issues of crucial importance for the Mother Church and for Orthodox Christians worldwide today. These brief but comprehensive videos help you grasp the issues at stake, understand why there are controversies and what the disagreements are all about, and explain clearly and simply the position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The videos include:
First Among Equals
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is First Among Equals in the global family of Orthodox Churches and among his brother bishops. In this capacity, he is responsible for guarding and facilitating Orthodox unity, as well as guiding and coordinating the witness of the Orthodox Church in the modern world.
Discover in this video why the Ecumenical Patriarchate is so important for the Church, and the sources of the unique role of His All-Holiness.
Advocate to the Christian World
The Ecumenical Patriarchate has long embraced and pioneered dialogue with other Christian churches and confessions. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been an advocate for Christian unity in response to Christ’s prayer “that his disciples may be one.”
Find out why this dialogue is so important, what progress has been made, and what the prospects are for the future.
Bridgebuilder to Other Faiths
The ministry of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is one of building bridges with other religions, races and cultures. For decades, he has organized and addressed interfaith meetings between Christians, Jews and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and reconciliation.
The promotion of peace is of cardinal importance in our world that is increasingly fractious and riven by religious conflicts. This video takes you into some of the most critical efforts for peace that are going on anywhere in the world today.
The Green Patriarch
Known as the “Green Patriarch,” His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has assumed a leadership role in raising awareness about climate change. He has emphasized that the environmental crisis is a deeply spiritual issue, while underlining that it is directly connected to social issues.
Discover why proper stewardship of the environment should be a central focus of the way we live out our faith as Orthodox Christians.
The Current Situation in Ukraine
The current church situation in Ukraine has a long history. Millions of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians were excommunicated from the church. In response, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has today restored them to communion and granted their church autocephaly.
Find out in this video why this controversy matters, and how it affects Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Please forward this information to others who would benefit from these videos and join us in defending the Ecumenical Patriarchate. As we all know, videos are much more effective tools than written articles to convey what are often arcane theological concepts and little-known historical facts. More people are likely to watch videos than read articles of the same length.
These videos are an important contribution to our mission to stand for and with the Mother Church. The Order is pleased to make them available to you with gratitude to Almighty God and prayers that He will use them to bless His Church on earth and bring it to a new period of growth and vitality.
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD