James Siemens' column

  • 5 October 2017, 14:29 | James Siemens' column | 

    Reclaiming Orthodoxy

    As a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church living in Cardiff, Wales, I am faced by the challenge of identifying myself on a regular basis.

  • 23 November 2016, 13:25 | James Siemens' column | 

    A Church on the Ebb

    When I have been to L’viv, for example (and I am well aware that L’viv is not the whole of Ukraine!), I have been overwhelmed with a sense that the Church is alive and active among the people.

  • 24 October 2016, 13:36 | James Siemens' column

    Church or Ethnic Chaplaincy? The Dangers of Phyletism

    The history of the Ukrainian Church in Wales is of a number of Ukrainian men who took work here after the Second World War, married, and had children.

  • 22 September 2016, 18:28 | James Siemens' column | 

    Act of Communion, Act of Will

    I, myself, am an Orthodox Christian who has chosen to live in communion with Rome. I made this choice because I believe the Roman See to be a mark of unity and safeguard for orthodoxy.

  • 13 November 2014, 12:56 | James Siemens' column | 

    Why Vladimir Putin and the Moscow Patriarchate Will Destroy Russian Christianity

    In a recent article published on the website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, we were given a glimpse at Russia's political landscape under Putin, and told in conclusion that, when Putin ultimately goes the way of all flesh, he will leave behind him an inevitable legacy of upheaval and national strife. The article is convincing; indeed, in light of Putin's devastating political machinations over the years, it points to the only possible outcome.

  • 27 August 2014, 14:28 | James Siemens' column | 

    The Host’s Imperative: Pastoral Care to Eastern Christians in Western Countries

  • 18 March 2014, 10:36 | James Siemens' column

    Ukraine’s Struggle: Where Heaven and Earth Have Met

    As a priest living in a country where the biggest political threat is socially-enervating legislation, and where one of the biggest religious challenges may be overcoming the sheepishness that can accompany wearing a cassock in public, the testimony of faith in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis is simultaneously shaming and uplifting

  • 2 September 2013, 12:10 | James Siemens' column | 

    Modern Discourse and the Challenge of History

  • 15 July 2013, 13:40 | James Siemens' column | 

    Our Cultural Context: The Seedbed of Mission and Wellspring of Faith

    To be sure, the fullness of the Christian life is found, expressed, and shared best when the liturgy of the Altar and the Liturgy of the world are lived as a unity, when the harmony of the exitus et reditus is appreciated and embraced.

  • 18 June 2013, 13:00 | James Siemens' column | 

    On being Ukrainian Greek Catholic, or, Why a Twenty-First Century Canadian of Pan-European Extraction Would Choose the Church on the Dnieper

    First of all, when I enter the Liturgy of my Church, I know that I am stepping into a piece of divine drama that has been unfolding on the same stage, and according to the same directions, for close to two thousand years. As a Protestant friend of mine once commented after she had experienced her first Divine Liturgy: ‘I feel like I am at least a thousand years closer to Jesus’.

  • 4 June 2013, 12:00 | James Siemens' column | 

    With what shall we evangelise? Ukrainian Greek Catholics and their role in the Universal Church

    For Ukrainian Christians have something the world wants, and by its faithful celebration, will set fire to the light that draws all people unto God. Then the world may say as they encounter it, as did St Wolodymyr’s courtiers, that they ‘…knew not whether they were in heaven or on earth’.

  • 24 May 2013, 17:13 | James Siemens' column

    The Language of the Liturgy: Speaking God’s Kingdom

    ...it suggests that Ukrainian tradition resides in more than just language – as important as language is – and so expands the call on the Church to seize every opportunity to go, and make disciples of all nations.