Small Group Study Materials

On this page we gather study resources that members of the CSBV have written. These are all free to download. We welcome feedback!

A Declaration on the “Russian World” (Russkii Mir) – Teaching Study Guide

Six studies on the Declaration on the “Russian World”

On March 13 2022, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University posted online A Declaration on the “Russian World” (Russkii Mir) Teaching. The Russkii Mir teaching, which the Declaration challenges, has been promoted by certain branches of the Russian Orthodox Church in order to justify the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Along with many Christians from a wide range of ecclesial traditions, we have been pleased to sign this statement in solidarity with our Orthodox brothers and sisters.

Drawing on the Bible and the teachings and practise of Orthodoxy, the Declaration is addressed specifically to the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but there would seem to be much in it that has a wider relevance to the church at large and that challenges us in the churches of Western Europe and North America.

In response to this, CSBV research associate Peter King has written a short study guide for use by church study groups or individuals. Over six sessions, participants are invited to join in solidarity with those who journey with us in the Orthodox Churches in reading and reflecting on the Declaration. As we do so we ask ourselves what it might be saying to us in our very different churches and contexts, that together we might grow in our understanding of what it means to be the People of God in a violent and fragmented world.

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God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?

Six studies based on Helen Paynter’s book of that name.

Reading the Bible Responsibly

Three Old Testament studies by Peter King.

“I’ve never liked this story”

Four linked studies wrestling with a New Testament parable of inclusion and exclusion, by Peter King.

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