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Fall 2008 (#35)

Uusi Valamo: Finland’s Northern Light
An interview with Abbot Sergei on Valamo's Karelian heritage, Finnish Orthodoxy, and his monastery’s unique outreach to the West.

A Short History of Finnish Orthodoxy
From conversion to the 21st century – an encapsulation

Jaakko’s Finland: A Village Boyhood and Beyond
Jaakko Olkinuora – Finnish, Orthodox, and in love with life – describes growing up in a small Nordic village and his unfolding adulthood in Helsinki and Greece.

Christmas Eve
A poem by Aleksis Kivi (1834-72), Finland’s beloved writer and poet

The Manifold Nature of Love
Alan Berg Nielsen’s insightful and moving review of Danish filmmaker Pernille Rose Gronkjaer’s The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun.

The Monastery: Mr. Vig and The Nun
Matushka Ambrosija, Hesbjerg Castle’s Russian nun, on her years with octogenarian scholar Jorgen Laursen Vig, and the jewel-like film that captures their struggles and triumph in Denmark’s countryside.


Summer 2008 (#34)

Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Stories of Alexandros Papadiamandis
His realistic yet deeply Orthodox view of contemporary life gave early twentieth-century writer Alexandros Papadiamandis the title “the Greek Dostoevsky.” With his collected stories now available for the first time in English, University of Thessalonica’s ethics professor, Anestis Keselopoulos, offers an insightful introduction to this engaging and little-known writer.

A Village Easter
by Alexandros Papadiamandis

A short story by Alexandros Papadiamandis from his native island of Skiathos, the setting for many of his rich and warmly human narratives.

Mature Fruit and Bright Faith: Spiritual Direction in Contemporary Orthodoxy
Father Artemy Vladimirov returns to discuss the blessings and challenges of spiritual direction in today’s Orthodoxy. What is spiritual direction? Do we need a spiritual father, and how do we set about finding someone we can trust?

The Hidden Pearl: Rome’s Catacombs and The Earliest-known Image of The Mother of God
by Mother Nectaria McLees
A look at the familiar yet unknown world of the early Roman catacombs, and of the earliest known image of the Virgin and Child.


Spring 2008 (#33)

The Life and Times of Fr. David Kirk
Boyhood in The Deep South

A captivating account of a young Alabama boy’s search for God, truth, and a “golden city.”

The Road to Emmaus Runs Through Harlem
From the pre-civil rights South to the streets of Harlem, Orthodox priest Fr. David Kirk recollects his half-century of service to God and the poor, his friendships with William Faulkner, Dorothy Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and his continuing struggle to keep Harlem's Emmaus House alive.

The Archbishop in Alabama
March 15, 1965. Professor Albert Raboteau brings to life a nearly forgotten moment in American Orthodox history: Greek Orthodox Archbishop Iakovos marches with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.



Winter 2008 (#32)

Banished Faith: The Exile of Christian Pontus
By George Andreadis
From the twilight blossoming of the Black Sea Coast and Christian Kars to the White Death marches of Pontus: the last years of Greek Asia Minor and the remarkable Orthodox Christians who peopled it.

Return to Kromni
Greek writer George Andreadis’ lively account of his visits to the Pontic homeland of his crypto-Christian forebearers, and his participation in the complex and spirited relations between modern Greek and Turkish peoples.

Between Earth and Heaven: The Monastery of Panagia Soumela
By Mother Nectaria McLees
One of Asia Minor’s earliest and most famous monasteries, Panagia Soumela was left to decades of ruin. It is now being restored and is drawing thousands of Christians and Muslims to this remote Turkish mountain.

Yuri Gagarin’s Flight To The Heavens: Russia’s Believing Cosmonauts
Colonel Valentin Petrov, associate professor at the Gagarin Air Force Academy and friend of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first man in space, sets the record straight on the young aviator’s alleged comment that fueled the Cold War.