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Fall 2007 (#31)

Faith Unseen: The Crypto-Christians of Pontus
In the first of a two-part series, George Andreadis, a life-long researcher and descendant of Pontic Greek crypto-Christians, chronicles the astonishing history of how hundreds of thousands of secret Christians kept their Orthodox faith alive through centuries of Turkish Ottoman rule.

Confessors or Apostates? The Dilemma of Crypto-Christianity
by Mother Nectaria McLees
Did the crypto-Christians of the Ottoman Empire deny their faith, or were they the victims of an oppression that left no alternative?

Dialogue of Civilizations: Human Rights, Moral Values, and Cultural Diversity
An invigorating and challenging speech to UNESCO on the Church’s role in the international human rights dialogue by Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Moscow Patriarchate.

The Bath House
A delightful (and true) story from Unforced Labors, the first English compilation and translation of the Gulag prose and memoirs of Ariadna Efron (daughter of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva) and her friend Ada Federolf.

Summer 2007 (#30)

Bede’s World: Early Christianity in the British Isles
Fr. John Nankivell presents a vigorous and sometimes surprising re-evaluation of the early Church of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and the saints who labored there.

Caedmon’s Song
A narrative by Venerable Bede from his eighth-century work, History of the English Church and People, on Britain’s early hymnographer.

Orthodoxy in Southern Italy:
My Calabria

Social activist Antonio Mauro on life and faith in the Calabrian mountains.

The Land That Gave Birth to Saints
A survey of 2,700 years of Greek culture and religion in this little-known region of the Italian south by journalist George Alexandrou.

The Children of Magna Graecia
An engrossing account of life and customs in modern Calabria by travel writer Tom Mueller.


Spring 2007 (#29)

The Alaskan Orthodox Literary Resurrection
Toronto Reader Michael Ivanovich highlights the diverse native cultures and languages of Orthodox Alaska, and his Canadian parish’s efforts to make the Alaskan Orthodox literary heritage accessible to Orthodox everywhere.

The Angels of Akun
Letters from young Russian missionary and future saint, Fr. John Veniaminov, on his encounter with Ivan Smirennikov, an Aleutian Orthodox native who was taught by angels.

Northern Climes: Father John Veniaminov’s Akun Diary
Excerpts from Fr. John’s 1828 pastoral visit to a small group of Aleutian islands.

The Orthodox Worldview and C.S. Lewis (Part II)
Shine As the Sun: C.S. Lewis and the Doctrine of Deification
Chris Jensen on Lewis’s closeness to the deeper reaches of Orthodox spirituality, and why many consider him an “anonymous Orthodox.” How did this Anglican writer get so much, so right?

Notes On The Jesus Prayer
Moscow’s Fr. Artemy Vladimirov offers short, engaging observations on the prayer of the heart for those of us who haven’t quite mastered this traditional Orthodox practice.


Winter 2007 (#28)

The Orthodox Worldview and C. S. Lewis (Part I)
An “Old Western Man”: C.S. Lewis in Light of Orthodox Christianity
Herman Middleton on the Anglican writer C.S. Lewis and his impact on 20th-century Christianity. How close was Lewis to Orthodoxy and what can we learn from him?

Celtomania in Eastern Siberia
Siberian priest Fr. Nicanor Lepeshev describes the youth subcultures of the Russian Far East and how early western saints, as well as contemporary Christian writers, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, are leading post-Soviet Russians back to their own tradition.

Blessed Matrona of Moscow: Saint and Wonderworker
Compiled and translated by Thomas and Sonia Hulbert
Since her repose in 1952, St. Matrona’s intercession before God has earned her the title, the “Mother of Moscow.” Who is this remarkable woman who has taken Russia by storm?

Answered Prayers at St. Matrona’s
Accounts of God’s grace poured out in response to prayers at Matrona’s grave.