Class – The Way of Ascetics 01

Tito Coliander’s Way of Ascetics.  It’s awesome.  We’re going to work our way through it together.  Today’s class was interrupted by a tornado warning.  We’re all okay, but the recorder shut off (I guess it got scared?)! Check out this episode!

Class – Interpreting Nativity Scripture through Hymnography

Nativity Bible Study Session Two: Interpretation through hymnography Review:  What is the Bible?  What isn’t it? It is NOT the Logos! (St. John 1: 1-18) It is not a complete historical account (St. John 21:25) It is not self evident (Acts 8:26-35) Interpretation is of the Lord, through Christ (Genesis 40: 8; St. Luke 24: […]

Talk – Sdn. John Cummings on the 2019 St. Moses the Black Retreat

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Class – On the Architecture of Holiness

Our Faith: Church Architecture and the Movement of the Faithful Opening Scripture:  Psalm 29:1-2; Exodus 24:9-18; John 12: 3-8 Summary of Scripture:  The Glory, Power, and Love of God. Today’s Lesson:  Beauty will Save the World Questions for consideration: What purpose do architecture, icons, vestments, and music serve? What is it about beauty that is […]

Class – On Fasting

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism II: on fasting  Review.  Last week we talked about Christ’s prayer and use of Psalmody (Psalms 21-30); remember that we can also imitate His fasting.  We also talked about kenosis (self-emptying) and that doing good is not just a sign of grace, but the way we open ourselves to it.  […]

Class – On Asceticism

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism I: working out our salvation in fear and trembling Scripture warm-up.  Kenosis, work Philippians 2: 2-13. 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the […]

Class – On Prayer

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Prayer as a Mystery and Medicine for Pride Questions for consideration: what happens when we pray?  What is the purpose of prayer?  How does pride (noetic effect of the fall!) affect our prayer? Background. Pride divides us from one another and from God.  It makes honest communication and healthy relationships with […]

Class – On Pride

Adult Education, Class Two: Pride Our Broken Moral Psychology (and how to heal it… and the world) Some Scripture to get us started: Proverbs 16:18.  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Romans 12:3.  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself […]

Class – Sacramental Realism

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity The Mysteries Questions for consideration: does God just work through ideas and the heart, or does He work in the physical world, too?  How about mankind?  Is there such a thing as a blessing?  A curse?  How do they work? Background. God is un-created.  He made this world as an expression […]

Talk: Ukrainian Organization and Identity in America – the role of the UOC-USA

This is a recording of the talk I gave for the “Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series”  special event “Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Organized Ukrainian American Community” on 21 September 2019 at the Princeton Club of New York.  I represented the UOC-USA on the panel on “The Ukrainian American Community and Religious Life”.  The moderator was Dr. Andrew […]