5 History Books that Changed How I See Time

I’m trying to put together a reading list of books across fiction and nonfiction genres that have somehow shaped the way I perceive and think about time, not just spiritually but intellectually and creatively. When it’s finished in the coming months, I’ll post the list here and on Goodreads–perhaps we can start a Time Eternal book club! I’ll…

5 Ways the Divine Liturgy Connects Time, History, and Eternity (Infographic)

I recently finished reading the recently updated version of Benjamin D. Williams and Harold B. Anstall’s Orthodox Worship: A Living Continuity with the Synagogue, the Temple, and the Early Church (check it out on the Ancient Faith site here). Part Church history, part explication of the liturgy, the book introduces readers to the legacy of Jewish Temple worship…

Time and Exegesis: Reflections on Contemporary Orthodox Approaches to Scripture (Guest Post)

Today I’ve asked my friend, Dr. Miriam DeCock, to reflect on how time/temporality shapes her academic field of training. I first met Miriam when we both started teaching at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College in Toronto. She’s since moved on to new opportunities (and is about to head off to a postdoc in Denmark!), so…

Death and Fire: An Icon of Modern Mortality

In the class I co-teach on death in Orthodox Tradition, last Thursday I lectured on the medicalization of death in the 20th century. To give us all a kind of anchor in the many complexities that affect how people die in modernity and beyond, I selected one of my favorite works of art as a kind of symbol…

Condemned or Redeemable? Thoughts about Internet and Ministry after the #DMOPC18 Symposium

As many of you know, I have recently returned from a trip to Greece, in which I participated in the Second International Symposium on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care, held from June 18-21 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (of Great and Holy Council 2016 fame). The symposium was organized by Pemptousia, with support from various other…

Time and Hope in the Divine Comedy: A Guest Post by Maria Naasko

Today, I’m thrilled to share this guest post with you about depictions of time, eternity, and hope by Maria Naasko. I’m doubly excited because I LOVE giving a platform to young writers (Maria just graduated high school–congrats!). Maria has been a long-time reader and fan of Time Eternal; she told me that this forum has shaped her thinking…

The Slowness of Orthodoxy: What Slow TV and Our Faith Have in Common

Today on the Time Eternal blog, I’m featuring a guest post by Dr. Nic Hartmann, an Orthodox blogger and museum education director from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He recently visited what sounds like an interesting and poignant exhibit that celebrated all things slow. Here, Nic reflects on the connections between slow culture and Orthodox practice. In my mind, this has…

Show notes for “Mennonites, Memory, and Marking Time”

Last month, I had tea with my friend Kerry, who was raised in a conservative Mennonite community in Blumenort (Manitoba). We talked about how the rhythms of time we learned in faith and childhood shape us long into adulthood. Feel free to make yourself a pot of tea and join us at the table! *** Not sure what…

The Rapture: An Orthodox Understanding (Infographic)

Fact #1: I grew up believing in the Rapture. Fact #2: I no longer believe in the Rapture. Really, I don’t. Fact #3: When I walk into a mysteriously empty room or a quiet home, my first (subconscious) instinct is still to check the floor for heaps of clothes and other telltale signs that people have been raptured.…

Why the World Has to End: Making Sense of the Apocalypse

  The apocalypse. Nowadays, it’s a term that serves as a shorthand for a movie-worthy, special-effects-laden vision of the end of the world as we know it. But apocalypticism is often a much deeper and more existentially fraught topic than it seems upon first glance. Going Back to the Apocalypse I wrote my MA thesis on currents of…