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Art, Orthodox Mission, and Papadiamandis

Thank you all (Ken, as well as those who emailed!) for sharing your experiences. It was interesting and instructive to hear your stories. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (and in the last post!), my personal experience was that non-liturgical art created by Orthodox folk played a significant role in my conversion to Orthodoxy. The…

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Why Did You Convert (or Revert) to Orthodoxy?

Since becoming Orthodox years ago, I have come to realize that there are many different answers to this question. In my experience, responses differ due to many reasons including differences in gender, experiences, as well as (though this is more difficult to prove) personality type. Because of these differences, trying to produce media that is…

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Christ is Risen! (And…Mount Athos on 60 Minutes!)

Christ is Risen! ——————————– Apparently, on Pascha Sunday at 7pm EDT, the CBS program 60 Minutes will run a 2-segment piece featuring some of the monasteries of Mount Athos. For those not able to watch or record it at that time, or those outside the US, it will be posted on the 60 Minutes website…

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The Orthodox Church Today: A Demographic Study of Orthodoxy in America

I had heard about Alexei Krindatch’s demographic study of Orthodoxy in America awhile back, but had never gotten around to tracking it down. In a recent conversation with a friend regarding the realities facing Orthodoxy in America, he pointed me towards the study. The 2008 study was performed again in 2010, and the results are…

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Orthodoxy and Psychology – Fr. Alexis Trader’s New Book

Fr. Alexis Trader recently released his new book, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds. For those of you unfamiliar with Fr. Alexis, he is a priestmonk and spiritual father of Karakallou Monastery on the Holy Mountain, and author of In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: An Orthodox…

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Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) Speaks at Wheaton College

On February 21st, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) spoke at Wheaton College, a guest of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. The topic of his Eminence’s talk was “Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue: What Have We to Learn from One Another?” The lecture is quite long, and you’ll probably want to skip the first five or ten minutes of…

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New Orthodox Documentary: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

It’s not often that I have the pleasure of promoting an Orthodox film. Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is a documentary that focuses on the Orthodox spiritual tradition as it is practiced in traditional Orthodox countries and, in particular, the practice of the Jesus Prayer in Orthodox monasteries. The film is presently in a pre-release…

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Interested in Film or Filmmaking? Join the Orthodox Filmmakers Group!

I was about to start an Orthodox Filmmakers group on Facebook, when I realized there already is one. So…rather than start a new one, I’m promoting the one that I found. If you are an Orthodox filmmaker…or even if you just like films and fancy yourself a patron of the arts, please check out the…