Patriark Bartolomeus svar på pave Frans encyklika

Pope Francis (L) and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople speak to the faithful after the Divine Liturgy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate on November 30, 2014 in in Istanbul.


Climate Change and Moral Responsibility

New York Times  JUNE 19, 2015


On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet will publish a landmark report highlighting the inalienable and undeniable link between climate change and human health. We warmly welcome the report’s message of hope, which confirms the fact that climate change is more than just a technical or financial challenge (as Pope Francis did in his encyclical letter on June 18) and confirms the voice of health in the discussion on climate change. Indeed, the central premise of the Lancet commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the single greatest health opportunity of the 21st century.

It is no surprise that climate change has the potential to set back global health. The greenhouse gas emissions that are warming our planet come from industrial activity that pollutes our air and water, and the temperature changes may lead to drought that brings malnutrition. Those with little or no access to health care — children and the elderly in particular — are more vulnerable to such predicaments.

However, health is symptomatic of a larger problem, which undermines and fragments our broader worldview. In addition to highlighting the effects of climate change, we must address the root of the problem. In so doing, we will discover how the benefits of assuming moral responsibility and taking immediate action — not just on matters related to health, but also world economy and global policy — far outweigh the cost of remaining indifferent and passive.

It is this vital link that The Lancet’s report conclusively and authoritatively demonstrates. In short, it proves that our response to climate change — both in terms of mitigation and adaptation — will reduce human suffering, while preserving the diversity and beauty of God’s creation for our children. God’s generous and plentiful creation, which we so often take for granted, is a gift to all living creatures and all living things. We must, therefore, ensure that the resources of our planet are — and continue to be — enough for all to live abundant lives.

The report could not appear at a more significant and sensitive time in history. This year, as all eyes look ahead to the Paris climate negotiations and as governments prepare to sign a universal commitment to limit global temperature rises, we have reached a critical turning point. We are — as never before — in a position to choose charity over greed and frugality over wastefulness in order to affirm our moral commitment to our neighbor and our respect for the Earth. Basic human rights — such as access to safe water, clean air and sufficient food — should be available to everyone without distinction or discrimination.

Because of our faith in God as creator, redeemer and sustainer, we have a mission to protect nature as well as human beings. The obligation of all human beings is to work together for a better world, one in which all human beings can flourish; our Christian vocation is to proclaim the Gospel inclusively and comprehensively.

To this purpose, as early as the mid-1980s, when the faith-based environmental movement that has come to be known as creation care was neither political nor fashionable, the Ecumenical Patriarchate initiated pioneering environmental initiatives. In 1989, it established a day of prayer for the protection of the natural environment and, from 1991 to this day, instigated a series of symposia and summits on an international, interfaith and interdisciplinary basis. Its ecumenical and ecological vision has been embraced in parishes and communities throughout the world.

In 1984, the Anglican Consultative Council adopted the Five Marks of Mission, the fifth of which is: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” In 2006, the Church of England started a national environmental campaign, Shrinking the Footprint, to enable the whole church to address — in faith, practice and mission — the issue of climate change. In 2015, a clear direction has been set for the Church of England’s national investing bodies in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy that brings its investments into line with the church’s witness.

As representatives of two major Christian communions, we appeal to the world’s governments to act decisively and conscientiously by signing an ambitious and hopeful agreement in Paris during the United Nations’ climate conference, COP 21, at the end of this year. We hope and pray that this covenant will contain a clear and convincing long-term goal that will chart the course of decarbonization in the coming years. Only in this way can we reduce the inequality that flows directly from climate injustice within and between countries.

The Lancet report is further proof that all of us must act with generosity and compassion toward our fellow human beings by acting on climate change now. This is a shared moral responsibility and urgent requirement. Civil society, governmental authorities and religious leaders have an opportunity to make a difference in a way that bridges our diverse opinions and nationalities.

Bartholomew, the archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and ecumenical patriarch, is the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Church of England, is the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.
Den guddommelige liturgi feires på 
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Tåsenveien 121

søndag 21. juni kl 11

3. søndag etter pinse
Rom 5,1-10  Mt 6,22-33

Ta gjerne med litt til kirkekaffen

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Korsvoll menighetshus ligger på hjørnet Skibakkveien/Tåsenveien til venstre.
Den Guddommelige Liturgi 
ble feiret i Fredrikstad 
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og den siste i Lahellemoen misjonshus.
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Takk til alle for et velsignet semester.
Takk spesielt til Abraham, Lars og Gro 
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Kameratklubbens hus
Fader Teodor har fullført sine studier på hellige Vladimir seminar

Han reiser nå med sin familie for å ha  ha praksis i hellige Serafim Ortodokse menighet, California


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i Trysil kirke
lørdag 6. juni kl 12
Ikonmalingskurs ble arrangert i Örträsk, Sverige

Kursene ble ledet av Konstantinos and Chrisostomos Xenopoulos


Mötesprotokoll från prosterimötet i Stockholm 2015-05-14

1. Presentation och inledning.

- Norge är i slutarbetet på Hell. Nikolaj kyrkan i Oslo samt kyrkan i Sandnäs i Stavanger. Med det har tre stycken fullvärdiga ortodoxa kyrkor byggt i Norge under senare tid!

- F. Pauls församling i Danmark har köpt en kyrkolokal i centrala Köpenhamn de är mycket glada för. Församlingen har vuxit kraftigt och består idag i upp emot 50/60 medlemmar från att ha börjat med en liten grupp på under tio personer! F. Emilianos, som idag inte har någon egen församling, tjänar ofta tillsammans med f. Paul i deras församling.

- F. Christoforos församling startade kyrkoförening Hel. Herman av Alaska 2008 som nu införskaffat mark för ett kyrkobygge. Idag firar man dels i egen lokal på prästens fastighet samt två gånger i månaden i hyrd lokal i Kristianstad. Församlingen består ca 50 medlemmar med många unga familjer. Man är intresserad av att utveckla verksamhet för barnfamiljer med deras föräldrar ex gemensamma läger.

- Sr Ioanna berättade att; Sketen nu firar åtta öppna Liturgier per år företrädesvis av f. Angel, att det hålls en daglig monastisk typika i Sketen och att ljus stöps till Kristi förklarings församling. Bokhandeln Ambon fungerar som tidigare och att vi sakta försöker renovera och bygga om både kyrka och bostadsdel. Det kvarstår problem med grannar vilket är tröttande. F. Angel berättar om Sketen att den används flitigt av en grupp troende från Kristi förklaring samt av troende från andra jurisdiktioner i när området.

- I Stockholm arbetar församlingen som vanligt med stor aktivitet och många besökare.