Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ancient Christian Texts to Accompany "Formation & Struggles"

 If you've been following along with our study in the book Formation & Struggles, you'll have noticed that as we progress in the book, various ancient Christian texts are cited. Here are links to these works so that you can read them online or print them out for your library!

These are also listed in the Online Books/ebooks tab on this site.

    Keeping the Spirit of Nativity: Podcasts for Credit

    Continue in the spirit of Nativity with these podcasts, listed below. You can receive one credit for listening to any of the podcasts below, filling out the podcast worksheet (under Lessons/Homework tab) and sending it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Be blessed!

    On Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos of the Holy Apostles Church in Westchester Il speaks to us about the beauty of God’s creation and our search for identity during this Christmas Season.

    On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, join us for a Vaulted CRTL when Fr. Christopher speaks with Bishop Basil of The Antiochian Archdiocese about the topic “Cave to Cave” - The History and the importance of the Liturgy. 

    On Just Thinking, Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas Emeritus Professor of Liturgics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Mass. describes the important feast of the Nativity.

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Podcast and TV show, both for credit!

    Sinai Wilderness

    Podcast: The Great Schism
    Most of us know what the Great Schism is, but do we understand what led to it? Fr. Andrew Louth gives some insight into the historic division of the East and West. Plus, how many of the toys wrapped for your teens are electronic devices? Dr. Ary Christofidis explores the topic of teens and technology with us this week to look at the potential pitfalls. Listen now.

    Documentary: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer
    Travel with us to discover the ancient ways of the early Christians, and experience Jesus Christ like never before. Learn the ancient, mystical prayer used for centuries, first by Christian hermits and cave dwellers. Let the Jesus Prayer fill you with the presence of God and all of His grace. Never before has there been this kind of access to ancient caves, monasteries and convents in Egypt, Greece, Eastern Europe and Russia. Meet living Christian monks and nuns who have left the world behind, seeking the peace and salvation of eternity. For the first time, they speak of their private prayers of the heart on film. Now available on Comcast and Fios Video-on Demand. For more information, visit the documentary website.

    You can receive credit for these activities. Receive one credit for each. Listen/watch the podcast/show, fill out the podcast worksheet (use the podcast worksheet for a show until I create a show worksheet), and submit it to else10@gmail(d0t)com.

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    More Lessons for Formation and Struggles

    Lessons for chapters 7, 8 and 9 of Formation and Struggles are now available!

    The illustration, above, mentions one topic in these three great chapters, that read more like an exciting war story than anything else. The early saints fought to establish God's church, of which we all partake and have as a heritage. Wonderful stuff.

    To receive credit for these chapters, please complete the homework and send a copy to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    An Amazing Treasury for All

    Soon to be released is The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, over 1000 pages of facts and history on Eastern Orthodox Christianity, edited by John Anthony McGuckin. This is an amazing treasury that all Orthodox (and Orthodox churches) should add to their libraries. Here in one compendium is an excellent resource for students and laypersons. The encyclopedia:
    • Is an outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches
    • Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches
    • Is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures and is uniquely comprehensive
    • Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography
    • Is structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
    You can hear more about the development of this amazing work by listening to the podcast about the encyclopedia on Come Receive the Light. Listen now.

    The encyclopedia is now available for preorder on Amazon. You can also learn more about the encyclopedia and order it from the publisher, Wiley.

    Put these books on your holiday gift lists!