This is meant as an informal blog.
When it comes to religious items, I would stress that these are my personal opinions, and not those of the Russian Orthodox Church which I belong to.
Most of what I write is 'friends only' (pod zankom). This is because the informal rules governing public questioning of Church positions are considerably tighter in Russia than they are in Western Europe. There is no tradition of 'loyal dissent' as there is in the Anglo-Saxon world. Which is why I am fairly careful before opening the door.
Russian friends: feel free to comment in your own language... I read Russian, but writing is just too difficult...
Для русских гостей -
Вы можете оставлять комментарии на русском языке, избегая слишком сложных и слэнговых оборотов.
Также в ответ на мои комментарии на английском можно отвечать по-русски.