Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Video: Fr Alexander Schmemann

Two Alexanders: Fr Schemann (left) and Solzhenitsyn

 Dear Students and Friends,

We have a unique opportunity (as is so often presented on the Internet) to view a video of a famous Orthodox teacher--in this case, Alexander Schmemann, author and past dean of St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary.

Fr. Alexander Schmemann used to appear on a CBS program called “For Our Times.” Shortly after Fr. Schmemann’s death, the show aired a documentary about his life and influence, “a recollection of the man and a tribute to his memory.”

You can now watch this program on the Orthodox Christian Network! Watch now.

May you be blessed by this program. Wishing you a holy and blessed Thanksgiving.

"Give thanks for in things, for this is God's will for you."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New book on asceticism

Dear Students and Friends,

A new resource has just been published that fits in with our study on Asceticism. Orthodox author Anthony Coniaris has written "Tools for Theosis," now newly published by Light and Life Publishing.

Here is the book description:

Theosis--becoming Christ-like--is a life-long process that requires our personal participation and more importantly, the workings of the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul reminds us, “the spirit is willing but the flesh (fallen man) is weak.” How do we equip ourselves, therefore, for this arduous and ongoing journey of theosis? Fortunately, the Church in all her Wisdom, does not leave us without practical guidance. The author, Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris, has gleaned a variety of timeless tools from countless Orthodox sources, which assist us in our struggle to fully participate in the process of theosis. This book will be of great assistance for those desiring to don the armor and faithfully commit to the rigors of our high calling. It is a “must read” for any Orthodox, and beneficial for both personal use or as a group study.

While I have not had a chance to see the table of contents, it seems to me that this book will address some--if not many--of the practices we Orthodox term "ascetic"--prayer, alms, fasting and more. I invite you to check out the book on the publisher's website and consider it for your future reading.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Read-Along almost done

Dear Students and Friends,

Our Read-Along in Hebrews is almost complete. The last lesson for the book by Father Farley is now available on the Read-Along tab at the top of this website.

May your studying be blessed!