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Fall 2014 (#59)

“Kicking the Earth from Under Your Feet”: A Russian Scenographer on Seeing Ordinary Things in New Ways

Highlighting catharsis, transformation and humor, Tatiana Vyshenskaya, a production manager for Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, discusses classical and contemporary theatre and film: “Even as art spirals into new forms, the old questions remain at the center.”

An Actor’s Pilgrimage, A Life in Progress

New York singer and actor Hal Robinson recounts six rich decades as a performer on stage and screen, from church and chorale singing to musical theatre, Shakespeare, opera, and six Broadway shows, highlighting the grace-filled interface between his life, work, and faith.

An Insatiable Desire to Share the Excitement: The Actor as a Young Man

From southern Vermont, twenty year-old John Marshall relates his experience of four summer-stock musicals, a credible cache of Shakespeare, and how he negotiates the challenges, joys and opportunities of contemporary theatre as an Orthodox Christian.



Summer 2014 (#58)

Orthodoxy in Contemporary Sweden: From Viking-Era Christian Roots to a 21st-century Pan-Orthodox Theological Academy

With a millenium-long Christian heritage, a growing Orthodox convert movement, and an influx of Christian refugees from Europe, Dr. Michael Hjalm, Dean of Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy in Södertälje, speaks with Road to Emmaus about Orthodoxy in contemporary Sweden.

“Carrying the Tradition”: Thoughts on Orthodox Parish Life in Today’s Sweden

A native Swedish convert to Orthodoxy, graduate student Maria Olsson shares her observations on her journey to the Orthodox Church and the current state of parish life in Sweden.

A Swedish Princess in Kievan Rus: The Medieval Christian World of St. Anna of Novgorod
By Mother Nectaria McLees

Born in 1001, and witness to the dawn of established Christianity in Sweden and Russia, the remarkable 11th-century Christian princess Ingegärd Olofsdotter married into the Rurikid Rus’ Dynasty where she spent a vibrant and fascinating life with connections from Anglo-Saxon England to Sweden and Russia to Byzantium.



Spring 2014 (#57)

A Feeling for Beauty:  The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
An interview with Dr. Timothy Patitsas

In a remarkable sequel to his popular Winter 2013 interview, “The Opposite of War is Not Peace: Healing Trauma in The Iliad and in Orthodox Tradition,” Asst. Professor of Ethics Timothy Patitsas contrasts the Greek classical with the Orthodox Christian approach to healing, repentance, and free life in the Spirit. Examining traditional Orthodox anthropology and cosmology through the centrality of the Cross, we are led to the patristic paradigm of Beauty-Goodness-Truth as the royal way of the soul.

St. Theophan the Recluse: How to Love Christ

A short sermon by the 19th-century Russian saint, Theophan the Recluse, on responding to the love of Christ.

Divine Eros in the Counsels of St. Porphyrios the New

The traditional patristic description of the Christian spiritual path as a progressive participation in Divine Beauty, Goodness, and Truth is clearly expressed in the inspired teachings of the newly canonized St. Porphrios (Bairaktaris) the Kapsokalyvite.



Winter 2014 (#56)

His Life in Christ: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Places of St. John of Kronstadt
by Mother Nectaria McLees

Saint John is well-known in the West through journal entries published as “My Life in Christ”, but there is also a rich material legacy legacy—pilgrimage sites newly restored by faithful Russian and Estonian Christians to honor the life and memory of the great pastor of Kronstadt.

I. St. John's Birthplace: the village of Sura and the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Pinezha District, Archangelsk, Russia.

II. Pühtitsa Convent of the Dormition in the Republic of Estonia: an unbroken monastic line founded and spiritually formed by St. John.

III. St. Petersburg’s St. John of Rila Women’s Monastery: founded by St. John and the site of his relics.

IV. Kronstadt, Russia: The naval town of St. John’s pastoral labors including the site of the former Cathedral of St. Andrew, the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and the newly-restored St. John of Kronstadt House-Museum.

An American in Tsarist Russia: Isabel Hapgood’s Meeting with St. John of Kronstadt

In 1895, in the American journal The Independent, the delightful and irrepressible Episcopalian Isabel Hapgood, a Boston native, world traveler, and well-known translator of French and Russian literature and of Orthodox church services published an account of meeting St. John of Kronstadt in St. Petersburg. Here we revisit Isabel's refreshing and candid narrative.

In His Own Words: St. John of Kronstadt on Prayer and Warmth of Heart

Quotes from the famous Russian archpriest on life and faith.