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churches, it faces decisions on liturgical reform, spiritual renewal and the role of women in the church, including female monasticism and the order of deaconesses.76 Finally, as a Christian communion fully engaged with the modern world, the Armenian Church is occupied with secularism and the need to update its articulation of the theology of creation to address the demands of environmental ecology.77

76 For the early medieval and early modern history of the order of deaconess in the Armenian Church, see Abel Oghlukian, The deaconess in the Armenian Church, trans. S. P. Cowe (New Rochelle, NY: St Nersess Armenian Seminary, 1994).

77 For a treatment of this subject, see Vigen Guroian, Faith, church, mission: essays for a renewal in the Armenian church (New York: Armenian Prelacy, 1995).

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