Sometimes a person’s life and work is based around the curiosities of their childhood. Those moments of intrigue and wonder, however small in scope they may be, can shape an entire life.
To gain a fuller perspective of what’s out there, I’ve started a survey entitled “What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian writer?” It begins with demographic questions and then moves into genre- and writing-specific sections. It also inquires into participants’ views on the intersection(s) between writing and Orthodox faith or spiritual disciplines. There are no right or wrong answers; the purpose is to gain a bigger picture of what’s out there.
This year, we are overjoyed to announce that Ancient Faith Radio will join in the procession! We will be part of this 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. We sincerely hope you will come with us! You are invited! Everyone is invited – this is an event for every branch of the Orthodox tree, for the faithful, for seekers, for cradle and convert, for catechumens, for the newly illumined, for YOU!
Fr. Jonathan Bannon kindly shared this infographic he created to show the elements of a traditional Easter or Pascha basket. Pascha baskets are taken to the midnight service on Holy Saturday and blessed, and their contents are enjoyed at the feast after the service. This being so, they traditional contain many delicacies that cannot be eaten during the preceding Lenten Fast.
There are at least hints that there is meaning and purpose to our lives, and these come in flashes that indicate there is a reason, a purpose to our existence. I’ve called these “everyday” because they happen to ordinary people all the time, but “wonders” because they clearly seem too extraordinary to be just coincidences, though they may fall short of being characterized as “miracles.”
During this Lenten season, we are all engaged in spiritual struggle of one kind or another, and it seems a good moment to share what I’ve learned in the last five years about the intersection of creativity, struggle, and media publishing. With this goal, I’ve created a list of five hard lessons we all seem to encounter on our way to producing high-quality books and podcasts. If you have already been published, this list will be familiar. If you are still trying to be published, it may be even more familiar! I pray it will be helpful, no matter which side of that fence you occupy.
We’re delighted to announce the speakers and topics for the first-ever Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat, on November 15-18, 2018, at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA.
Ancient Faith Ministries isn’t only available to you on the radio or in our bookstore. Our wonderful family of content contributors are also invited speakers at events around the country. We’ll do our best this year to keep you posted on where we are. We hope you’ll join us as we participate in the many opportunities we find in the life of the Church!
The Journey To Pascha resource came from thinking of practical and fun ways to help my parish bring the goals of Lent home in creative ways for all ages.
We have been blessed from the beginning with good friends and steady growth, but this year is different. Because we value your partnership and your company on the journey, I’d like to begin 2018 by sharing what’s happening and outlining our plans for the coming year.