Below is a compilation of links to help a speaker of English and a westerner by culture understand Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the most common religion in Russia.
- NEW www.orthodox-christianity.org – an extensive and up-to-date compilation of Orthodox resources in English
- Ancient Faith Radio. Live streams of both music and talk, and call-in programs on Sunday evenings, and dozens of podcasts. Note the “Let Us Attend” podcast of Sunday Gospel readings for kids, and the “Under the Grapevine” special podcast, which includes a reading of the Chronicles of Narnia.
- The Orthodox Church of America. Please note The Orthodox Faith by Fr. Thomas Hopko, where the doctrine, history, and practice are explained, in English, on the level appropriate for the “average reader”.
- The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. An active site with a healthy balance of church events, current affairs from church standpoint, and historic or theological materials. A well-rounded resource.
- Father Steve Steve Robinson doing his famous “chair” explanation of the difference between Protestant and Orthodox views of the mechanism of salvation.
- OrthodoXCircle is a Boston-based online ministry, in English.
Churches, monasteries, congregations
- St. Catherine’s in Moscow Some services are held in English.
- Sretensky (“Presentation of Jesus at the Temple”) Monastery
- The Valaam monastery
- The official site of the Serbian Orthodox Church
- hesychasm.ru/en/ An explanation of hesychasm (“stillness”), an integral part and perhaps even the core of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and a compilation of English sources on hesychasm.
- Father Yakov Krotov’s library, in English
- Frederica Mathewes-Green’s blog
- Mitropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department of International Relations
(for domestic consumption we have Vsevolod Chaplin, famous for his voice towards the persecution of Pussy Riot, calls for banning Nabokov, proposals for national dress code etc. etc. but I haven’t found a comprehensive resource on him, let alone in English)
More is coming up.
The webmaster is not a church person and cannot guarantee that resources he picked out conform to standards of purity and represent the actual Orthodoxy as it is understood and practiced in the present-day Russia. Those who know better are welcomed to make comments and suggestions or, if authorized, corrections.