Over at the PCUSA General Assembly  recently, an ample demonstration of genuine Orthodox ecumenism was given.

I’m watching the PCUSA General Assembly this evening, and my jaw dropped when I heard a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, bringing ecumenical greetings, taking the Assembly to task for its actions regarding homosexuality, which he said looked to him to be at attempt at creating a new religion, “a modern form of paganism.” (He also indicated his disappointment that the assembly worship that used the Nicene Creed included the filioque.) I tuned in too late to hear who the gentlemen was (though he did refer to being from Belarus), but I can’t say enough about his forthrightness in bearding the lion in its own den.

The Priest in question seems to be the Very Reverend Siarhei Hardun from the Orthodox Church of Belarus.


  1. Mr. Gilliland, Fr. Hartung struck me not as nervous but as humble and meek, eager to speak the truth but only if in love. It seems to me he clearly wishes to provoke only repentence, not wrath. His tenderness is as touching as his courage.

    God bless him. Many years, indeed!

  2. Fr. Morbey,

    Please relay to Fr. Hartung houw heartening his courage is to so many. We invite him to present his reflections on his experience here should he be so willing.

  3. The gentleman in question is Archpriest Sergei Hartung, from Minsk, sent by the Byelorusian Church in response to an invitation by PCUSA. He is at the Cathedral in Minsk and teaches (Pastoral Theology) at the seminary. He is staying with us the weekend and served Liturgy with me this morning. His account of his time among the Presbyterians is wonderful!

    Archpriest Andrew Morbey,

  4. God grant him many years!

    How wonderful that the PResbyterians have been helped by ORthodox during this critical time. I also was asked to speak to a small group at this conference, since I teach at PIttsburgh Theological Seminary. we can pray their crisis will issue in many thinking deeply about the nature of the church, as well. PLease see:

    God works in mysterious ways!

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