Edith M. Humphrey: Beyond the White Fence and Learning to “See”

“Read me a story, Unca Doug!” was probably one of my first sentences, directed repeatedly to my longsuffering and beloved second cousin who visited us, while he was in seminary, when I was two. Books were a very important part of our household since my dad was a teacher. They became absolutely essential when I was in kindergarten and isolated at home with mono for several months.  Then I grew into a…

Call for Proposals: 2022 Ancient Faith Content Creator Conference

  The Ancient Faith Content Creator Conference (AFCon) is back! And it’s bigger and better than ever! On September 19-22, 2022, we will once again be able to gather content creators together to network, learn, and be inspired. This conference is expanding in several ways over previous AFCons: The conference will be two full days/three nights instead of one day/two nights. We are inviting artists, designers, and illustrators to join us as…

An Ancient Faith Family Christmas Letter

Blessed Nativity! In the spirit of those family Christmas letters your relatives send, recounting adventures they’ve had since last Christmas, we’re delighted to bring you this round up of news from our content contributors. We have been blessed and delighted by what our people have accomplished. Not only are they overcoming difficult circumstances in their own lives, but they are actively working to encourage and edify others through their work. Glory to…

Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference: What People Are Saying!

This June, we were delighted to host the third Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. This Conference is a professional development and fellowship opportunity for Orthodox Christians who want to enrich their creative work or break into a new media field. Eleven speakers led sessions on a rich variety of topics (you can listen to them here), and guests also worshiped together, enjoyed fellowship, and visited…

Statement in response to “Orthodoxy’s Appeal to the Liberal Left” by an author with the pseudonym Ioannis Constantinou

Recently, an article called into question Ancient Faith Ministries’ commitment to Orthodox Christianity by ascribing to it ulterior motives which might undermine the integrity of the Orthodox Faith. Other entities were also indicted, and we have no comment about them. 

A Simple Way to Write an Effective Book Review

When you read a book you value, the best thing you can do to support the author and publisher is to write a review. The interconnected digital conversation that swirls around us daily is the modern equivalent of village talk around the well or in the marketplace. A good word passed from one villager to another will always be the most effective way to share news. A review is that good word!…

Depicting Evil in Christian Art

I’m a believer in radical honesty.  Only by being honest with ourselves about ourselves can we begin the fight against the father of lies.  What this means for art is that honest artists will have much difference experiences and familiarities with particular evils, and that will necessarily effect their portrayal in art.  I think that because of this, some artists are called to create messier worlds than others.

Schedule for 2019 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the approaching 2019 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference. You’ll note that speakers, sessions, extra activities, meals, and worship are all included. Tickets are still available for this event, but they are selling quickly. If you have not yet registered, click here for more information and to purchase your ticket. For readability, only the speaker and title is included for each session below. You…

One Good Reason for Coming to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference

There have been some people wondering if they can come to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, not because they do podcasts or write books or blogs, but because they want to meet and talk to the ones who do.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but as far as I’m concerned, one of the highlights of my writing life is meeting people who have read what I write.

A Letter to Saint Philonella

I wonder many things about your life. I am thrilled to know as much as I do, since there is very little on so many saints that have passed through this life. I contemplate what your life must have been like, to be both educated and come from a family with means, and also to have a heart for those who struggle, including those who couldn't afford to see a physician. What was it like to work closely with your sister? Did you face trouble from your family for choosing this life over, say, marriage and children? What opposition did you face from male students and teachers as you studied and worked?