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Fall 2011 (#47)

A Different Light: Youthful Travelers in Contemporary America
When one hears of train-jumping, sleeping rough, campfires, music, seasonal harvests, and Woody Guthrie, the mind naturally turns to the Depression-era American hobo culture. How many of us could have guessed that 21st-century American youth would resurrect this lifestyle as a way to find authenticity (and Orthodoxy) in our post-modern secular society?

Death to the World: An Orthodox Punk ‘Zine Revived and Revisited
From Moscow to California, the following transcontinental interview features Death to the World editors John Valadez and Marina Crissman with Geraldine Fagan, a British Orthodox journalist specializing in religious affairs in Russia and beyond. From differing decades, nationalities, and backgrounds, they trace the history of this little-known but widely influential Orthodox publication that has offered traditional Christianity to the punk sub-culture for two decades.

Death to the World in Print
Excerpts from the first classic issues of DTTW, as well as postmillenium editions.

Catching Xenophilia: Contagious Hospitality in Orthodox Parishes
Turbo Qualls is almost an urban legend in himself, cropping up in conversations and interviews across the United States, Europe and even in Russia as a missionary, lover of the Gospel, Byzantine historian, and an Orthodox rock of faith for 21st-century subculture kids searching for truth. Here, Road to Emmaus queries Turbo about what we can do to better engage folks of minority ethnic and social backgrounds who find themselves attracted to traditional Christianity.

 



Summer 2011 (#46)

Early Orthodox in British America
Publishing director Nicholas Chapman brings to light the lives of 18th-century Orthodox converts Philip Ludwell III and family in colonial British America. The narrative stretches from Virginia and the colonies to London, Tsarist Russia and the Mediterranean, with fascinating details of the Ludwells' ties to Washington, Franklin, the Adamses, and Thomas Jefferson.

Philip Ludwell III’s Introduction to the Orthodox Catechism
The original 1762 introduction to Ludwell's translation of The Orthodox Confession of the Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Church, compiled by Peter Mogila, Metropolitan of Kiev.

Ludwell’s Letter to Washington
A 1755 letter from Orthodox British colonist Philip Ludwell III announcing George Washington’s commission in the British Army.

An Orthodox Christian Fired the First Shot in the American Civil War
Nicholas Chapman describes the 1861 firing of the first cannon at Fort Sumter by “Douschka” Pickens, the young Orthodox daughter of Francis Pickens, the governor of South Carolina

Louis Tikas: 1914 Passion-Bearer of the Colorado Coal Fields
Remembered for decades only as a name on the memorial roll of a failed 1914 miners’ strike, half a century later California Greek-American Zeese Papanikolas unearthed the story of Louis Tikas, a Greek Orthodox immigrant who gave his life in what the United Mine Workers has called “the deadliest incident of the deadliest strike in United States history.” Papanikolas’ recovery of Tika’' life from archival scraps and end-of-life memories is itself a brilliant ascesis.

Remembering Tikas: A Pilgrimage to Loutra
Dr. Timothy Patitsas, Associate Professor of Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Theological School in Brookline, Massachusetts recounts his pilgrimage to the Cretan birthplace of Greek-American confessor Louis Tikas and reflects on Tikas' heroic life and sacrificial death.

 


Spring 2011 (#45)

Croagh Patrick: The Glorious Climb of Ireland’s Holy Mountain
Archeologist, historian and guide Michael Gibbons brings Ireland’s holy pilgrimage mountain to life in this panoramic sweep through 1500 years of Irish history, pilgrimage and faith. His solid learning, humor, and love for his land and its people will make you feel you’ve ascended the Reek itself. Armchair pilgrimage at its best!

Asenath On The Reek
In 1844, after meeting Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, evangelical Quaker Asenath Nicholson sailed to Ireland to spend five years traversing the country and doing relief work among the starving Irish poor at the height of the potato famine. In this excerpt, she describes her ascent of Croagh Patrick; one of Michael Gibbons’ favorite accounts.

The Spirit Set in Motion: Revisiting St. Patrick’s Mission to Ireland
Drawing on Irish history, law and culture, Orthodox Patrician scholar Pat Egan shares the ripe and burnished fruit she’s plucked from the writings of one of the West's most beloved saints. A remarkable recounting of St. Patrick's life and times.

Over The White-Capped Sea: Eight Late Antique Irish Poems
New renditions of familiar and less known early Irish poetry. From a fifth-century prophecy of Patrick to the well-loved Pangur Ban, the hermit’s cat, these poems sing with the joy and grace of early Ireland.

 



Winter 2011 (#44)

Optina’s Second Spring
A compelling retrospective by Igumen Melchisedek of Russia's Optina Pustyn, on the monastery’s physical and spiritual renewal after its return to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988, and the blessings, podvig, and people that have brought it about.

Narrow Escapes of Grace
Russian Orthodox nun Matushka Agapia (Minchenkova) relates two vivid chapters from an eventful life: her childhood escape from near-death in Stalin’s WWII Russia and her captivity as a Russian housekeeper in 1990's Los Angeles.

The Orthodox Clock and The Map of The World
An interview with Juliana Bibas
Juliana Bibas gives a fascinating glimpse into our post-modern use and distortion of time, the Orthodox conception of time as revealed through the Holy Fathers, and how ritual allows us to rediscover sacred time and space.

   
 

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