“Looking east can free us a bit from our anxiety or ecclesiastical culture wars or general air of being panicked and overstretched.”
The history of Russian and Ukrainian Orthodoxy suggests the answer is complicated.
After the global meeting in Crete, conciliarity and orthodoxy hang in delicate balance.
Not long after graduating from college, I found myself editing Christian History magazine, a richly illustrated quarterly where most of the contributing writers were academics but most of the readers were not. Honestly, I had more in common with our readers than with our authors. On my way to a B.A. in English literature, I had taken one class in Christian thought, one in Western civ, and zero in church history. I also had basically no exposure to Christian traditions other than evangelical Protestantism.
Orthodoxy's roots in Egypt and Ethiopia are ancient. In East Africa there is a younger movement: a native Orthodoxy, locally grown.