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Fall 2013 (#55)

Salvation and the Free Life of the Spirit in the Orthodox Canonical Tradition
In an interview characterized by his own unique blend of clarity, incisiveness, and compassion, Professor Emeritus Lewis J. Patsavos, canonist for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, explores the canonical heritage of the Orthodox Church. Dr. Patsavos’ warmly pastoral approach answers common questions and dispels misconceptions, while affirming the Orthodox canonical tradition as a living gift of the Holy Spirit to be approached with reverence and embraced with gratitude.

Nadezhda Savova’s Bread Houses: Bread-Making as Food, Art, Healing, Prayer, and International Community
When 29-year-old Orthodox anthropologist Nadezhda Savova inherited her great-grandmother’s crumbling house in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, she brought together local volunteers to rebuild it into a community-owned Bread House and Cultural Center where neighbors of diverse backgrounds could come to bake bread and form friendships. Since then she has established Bread Houses in a dozen countries, from Russia to Israel, Brazil, England, South Korea, and the United States. With a newly-won doctorate from Princeton, Dr. Savova was named National Geographic’s 2012 “Traveler of the Year”. Road to Emmaus is pleased to count her among our widening circle of friends.



Summer 2013 (#54)

An Intimation of the Sacred: The Iconography of Hieromonk Silouan Justiniano
Tikhon Pino traces the artistic world-view of Puerto Rican-American iconographer, Fr. Silouan Justiniano, in an introduction to his work and thought.

Beauty as a Double-Edged Sword: Icons, Authenticity, and Reproductions
An interview with Hieromonk Silouan Justiniano

I. Beyond Appearances: Classical Techniques and Sacred Painting
In an engaging multi-faceted interview, Hieromonk Silouan describes his awakening to Orthodox iconography. Through an exploration of classical and modern art forms and his own struggle with freedom, creativity, and subjectivity, Fr. Silouan leads us into the sacred realm of iconography, “the Gospel in color,” where matter is affirmed as good and brought to a unique level of participation with the glory of God.

II. The Iconicity of the Icon
The aesthetics of an icon is not merely for the sake of sense gratification, an end in itself, but a means “by which we ascend to an apprehension of the Sacred with the eyes of the heart.” Here, Fr. Silouan shows how the rich texturing of wood, pigment, technique, and prayer allows the icon’s transparency to the spiritual world, and how far that transparency can be retained in reproductions.

Incarnational Aesthetics
Contemporary and traditional Orthodox voices on: uncreated beauty; matter, incarnation, senses; the craftsman and the Spirit; symbolism and anagogy; and art for art’s sake.




Spring 2013 (#53)

“The Mystery that Moves the World Now Has a Name”: How 150,000 Mayans Turned to Orthodoxy
Archimandrite Andres Girón de Leon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Rev. Fr. John Chakos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on the mass conversion of 300 Mayan villages. As spiritual father of the quickly-growing Orthodox Mayan population, Fr. Andres movingly describes the natives’ journey to faith, the impact of Orthodox Christianity on village life, and how this momentous conversion is influencing the universal Church.

Ahora y Siempre! A Seminarian’s Travels in Orthodox Guatemala
Seminarian Jesse Brandow travels through the coastal towns and highlands of Guatemala and southern Mexico savouring the life and faith of the region’s newly-established Mayan Orthodox Christian communities.

Popol Vuh: A Mayan Tale of Creation
When the second-century Christian apologist Justin Martyr wrote that “the seed of reason (the Logos) is implanted in every race of men,” a pre-Christian creation tale reminiscent of the Book of Genesis was already being recited by native Mayans. A warm and colorful introduction to the traditions of an ancient people.




Winter 2013 (#52)

War, Byzantium, and Military Saints
An Interview with Dr. James Skedros
What was the Byzantine Orthodox Christian attitude to war? Who are the military saints and why are they venerated? Road to Emmaus delves into the lives of saints invoked in war and peace and their meaning for contemporary Orthodoxy.

The Opposite of War is Not Peace: Healing Trauma in The Iliad and in Orthodox Tradition
An interview with Dr. Timothy Patitsas
A fascinating look at the ethics of war through the lens of traumatized combatants, classic Greek literature, and the bracing world view of an Orthodox civilization.

Coda: Invoking God in War—Lincoln's Picture of the Second Inaugural
In his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln describes his experience of the Civil War and the workings of Divine Providence. An often-neglected address with commentary by Dr. Timothy Patitsas.

Defending Russia: Belief and Coming of Age in the Soviet Army
As one of the last army recruits to take an oath to the Soviet regime, Orthodox Hieromonk Afanasy Ryumin recalls his path to manhood and the Church through military service in Russia’s Far East.