DISCLAIMER

This is a privately owned blog. It is not and has never been an official organ of any ecclesiastical organization.

"No one man, or group of men, can himself speak for the Church of Christ. It is nonetheless possible to speak from within the Church, in conformity with Orthodox tradition; and it is this that we shall attempt to do." Fr. Seraphim Rose Orthodox Word #1 Jan-Feb 1965 p. 17

About RR Blog

update December 2016

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DISCLAIMER
This is a privately owned blog. It is not and has never been an official organ of any ecclesiastical organization.
     "No one man, or group of men, can himself speak for the Church of Christ.  It is nonetheless possible to speak from within the Church, in conformity with Orthodox tradition; and it is this that we shall attempt to do."
      ~Fr. Seraphim Rose Orthodox Word #1 Jan-Feb 1965 p. 17

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BLOG OWNER
Joanna Higginbotham 
joannahigginbotham@gmail.com
I am a layman in ROCA (under Vladyka Agafangel) 


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HISTORY
ROCOR Refugees blog was started in 2007 several months after the ROCOR-MP union.  This union was a great "shipwreck".  It was a confusing time for us who could not accept the union as God-pleasing.  Where is the ROCOR now?  Is she gone forever?  Where are people going to "land"?  Internet forums were plagued with goons.  Parishes were getting sued by the MP.  People we trusted were betraying the ROCOR left and right.  "Looters" were taking advantage of the upset conditions in the parishes. 

Slowly the dust settled.  I started this blog as a way to help get grounded and to gather stranded members, such as myself.  At first ROCOR Refugees was a way for me to collect information that had been withheld from me, such as "Beacon of Light".  I posted articles in support of people who were either against the union or uncomfortable with it.  Also I posted histories that have been suppressed by the Laurus synod, such as St. John's History of ROCOR, and the truth about the OCA autocephaly.

Mostly I got criticism, but there were some people who truly appreciated the blog, and that was enough to encourage me to endure even the bullying I received from a priest who did not like it that I maintained, "Our ROCOR under Vl. Agafangel is the sole valid continuation of the ROCOR."

After awhile, by 2010, I was no longer feeling like a "refugee".  The lines had been clearly drawn.  We see exactly where our Church is, who is at the helm, and the course ahead.  I wanted to change the name of the blog to Remnant ROCOR, but rather than change the name, I started a new blog, saving the ROCOR Refugees blog as an archive.

With the Remnant ROCOR blog I still had to endure grief from readers who did not understand about juridsictional ecumenism.  NFTU became my open enemy, and for even having an enemy I was criticized again.  Some of my own fellow-ROCOR people still thought we needed NFTU to get our news published.  But a couple things happened which helped overcome this idea: first, ROCOR opened its own news website, Internet Sobor, and second, then came the GOC-SIR union in 2014.  That union took the remaining wind out of the sails of the jurisdictional ecumenists.

Today the Remnant ROCOR blog is kept to collect articles of interest to our ROCOR Church.  Not every article is of interest to every person – C'est la vie.  I avoid cut & pastes from world Orthodox websites, unless there is a specific relevance for our ROCOR.  High value items are those that can not be found elsewhere on the internet.  I especially appreciate receiving ideas from readers:  original writings and translations, certain items from old parish bulletins, and memories, reports, and out-of-print books . . .  

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BLOG POLICIES

Blog Policy on Ads
All ads are free.  Ad space in the sidebar is for ROCA and Sister Church members, and potential catechumens, friends.  I'm happy to let my email address be used in your ad.

Blog Policy About Speech on the Internet: Clergy and Laity
   Definition of the ROCA Council of Bishops 17/30 October 2013
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     I understand this to mean that, even when there is just cause, we do not publicly criticize or contradict our hierarchs.   Even when official resolution to a problem is slow in coming.

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GUIDELINES FOR COMMENTS
• No anonymous comments will be published.  A pseudonym is ok if I know who you are. 
     (A Google profile with no relevant information is not enough.  Readers should know your jurisdiction and your rank – such as layman, monk , priest.) 
• Comments can be made by email.  Indicate which post.  joannahigginbotham@gmail.com

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