Christianity: Eastern Orthodox


Primary Author
Chara Scroope,
  • The focus of this religious profile, Eastern , constitutes a separate tradition from the churches of the Communion.
  • In many countries, Eastern is deeply intertwined with the local culture. This means that some Eastern may be more active in practising their faith. Others may simply be nominally Eastern who only attend religious services for major life events (like funerals or weddings).
  • Each church has their own official language depending on the geographical region where the church originated from. For example, some churches may use ‘Church Slavic’ (Slavic liturgical language used in formal worship) while some churches may use their local language.
  • Like many religions, Eastern is not monolithic. There are various streams, interpretations and practices of Eastern around the world. Avoid homogenising all Eastern Christians or assuming that beliefs and practices are the exact same.
  • While the branch originated in Eastern Europe, one does not have to be ethnically Eastern European to be an Eastern Christian.
  • The official position held by a denomination or tradition is not necessarily indicative of the attitudes and beliefs of all lay followers. Individuals may have personal interpretations and applications of the teachings of their respective tradition.

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