Orthodox Diversity And Unity

The general tendency in Orthodox churches is toward independence. The early churches, prior to the rise of Rome's claim to be the head Church, always insisted on independent jurisdictions. This independent spirit has tended to show itself in the more national identity of the various Orthodox churches (Russian, Greek, Albanian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, etc.). The agreement in basic Christian doctrines and the uniform structure of the Divine Liturgy—daily services said in the Church—binds these churches to a common tradition of faith. Their diversity is often due to the influence of each church's ministry by its particular heritage.

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