31 March 2005

'Sergyanism' in the Russian Church

Lawrence Uzzell is an Orthodox Christian who has long been active in promoting religious freedom in Russia and the post-communist world. Although the Patriarch of Moscow is currently trying to bring back into the fold the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), formed some eight decades ago as a temporary measure to prevent Soviet control over Russian émigré churches, the legacy of "Sergyanism", or collaborationism, is still very much alive and thriving in places, as indicated in this Moscow Times article by Uzzell: "Reaching for Religious Reunion." It seems that the Church of Greece is not the only Orthodox jurisdiction in need of reform.

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