Council of Crete

Additional works on Council of Crete in Russian can be found HERE

Articles and book chapters on the Council of Crete 

‘Orthodox Council Bridges Tensions, Moves towards Interfaith Dialogue: Council of Crete Embraces Outward-Looking Leadership’, America: The National Catholic Review, 12 July 2016, at:

‘Historic Orthodox Council Meets despite Absence of Four Churches: Russia’s Influence Seen behind the Scenes’, America: The National Catholic Review, 7 July 2016, at:

Co-authored with John Chryssavgis, ‘The Pan-Orthodox Council Must and Will Proceed’, First Things, 6 June 2016, at:

‘When the Pope and Patriarchs Go Island Hopping: Cuba, Lesbos, and Crete’, Public Orthodoxy, 16 April 2016, at:

‘The Great and Holy Council of Crete and Orthodox-Catholic Relations’, in Nathanael Symeonides, ed., Towards the Holy and Great Council: Theological Reflections (New York, NY: Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, 2016), 45-48.

Online version of the same essay at Public Orthodoxy, 10 March 2016,

‘Why Did Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Agree to Meet with Pope Francis? A Primer in Byzantine Politics of the Russian Orthodox Church’, Public Orthodoxy, 6 February 2016, at:

Swedish translation: ‘Varför gick Moskvapatriarken Kirill med på att träffa påven Franciskus?’, Signum 1 (2016), at:

‘Can Anything Good Come out of a Pan-Orthodox Council? A Response to Detractors’, Public Orthodoxy, 22 January 2016, at:

‘The Future Pan-Orthodox Council: To Be or Not to Be?’, First Things, 22 January 2016, at:

Conference papers and addresses on the Council of Crete

‘Sabotaging Conciliarity: Patriarch Kirill’s Ideology of the Russian World (Russkii mir) and the Geopolitics of the Council of Crete’, a paper presented at ‘Global Orthodoxy: Religion, Politics, and Human Rights’ Conference, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, 12 May 2017.

‘The Historic Council of the Orthodox Church: A Participant’s Report’, a public lecture at Boston College, Boston, MA, 31 July 2016.

‘Receiving the Holy and Great Council’, a public lecture at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, 20 July 2016.

Attendee at the Special Meeting of the Orthodox Scholars with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Istanbul, Turkey, 5 January 2016.