CHRISTMAS, COMMERCIALIZATION, AND EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
While making vegan holiday cookies on Monday, I listened to this riveting interview with Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, a retired Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America and Abbot of the Monastery of All Saints of North America. It was conducted by Jerome McDonnell on the Chicago Public Radio show Worldview.
The lively conversation touched on Eastern Orthodox Christianity, science, the origin of hate (it's fear), why religion plays such a big role in American politics compared to Canada (because we have Calvinist/individualistic roots and can push our views on the government, while Canada has Red Tory origins that focuses on the good of the group and a Charter that goes way beyond our Bill of Rights) to why people hang Christmas stockings (because the Archbishop Nicolas used to secretly put money into poor people's shoes (which were left outside of houses at that time), to who wrote the Bible.
Later that night, when I was boxing the cookies, the show came on again. And I listened to it again.
Highly, highly recommended.
Hear more from Archbishop Puhalo here.