The Fruit of Waiting: Advent Through a Doula’s Eyes (Guest Post)

In this unique guest post, doula Laura Jansson reflects on the connections between Advent and the kind of waiting and her work helping mothers birth their infants into the world. What a timely perspective! ~*~ Advent – a time of waiting. But if we’re honest, what are we waiting for? What are you most looking forward to about…

Taste and See: Fasting and Waiting for the Nativity (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post is from my friend and chef extraordinaire, Melissa Naasko. Cool story: Melissa planned the menu for the recent Ancient Faith Women’s retreat (Nov 15-18), which means I got to spend the first few days of the fast eating her Lenten handiwork. Some of the best fasting “conference food” I’ve ever had! Today Melissa is reflecting…

Time Unbearable: On Impatience and the Fall (Guest Post)

This morning I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming my colleague, Dr. Daniel G. Opperwall, to the Time Eternal blog! As you’ll find in his bio at the end of this post, Daniel and I both teach at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College in Toronto and have both published books through Ancient Faith.  Today, he…

Time and Children’s Books (Guest Post)

Today I’m thrilled to offer a guest post from author Angela Isaacs, author of one of my favorite Orthodox board books,  Goodnight Jesus.  Her most recent book, I Pray Today, has recently been released. Below, she shares more about her new book and the role of time in children’s books. *** When my daughter was little, she didn’t have a…

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…

When God Waited for Our Salvation: Timing the Resurrection in St. Athanasius’ _On the Incarnation_

As I mentioned the other day, I’m reading St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation during this Nativity season. This time around, I’m listening to the treatise on audiobook while going about other tasks. Since I frequently zone out to concentrate on whatever I’m doing–the dishes, the laundry, cleaning the bathroom–I’m listening to it multiple times and letting my mind…

Reading St. Athanasius in Advent

Some people get into the “Christmas spirit”–however hokey that phrase is–by decorating, others by buying gifts or making cutout cookies or visiting or knitting. I dabble in all of the above, but what most ushers me into the unique and solemn joy of these short weeks before Christ’s birth is reading–or rather, rereading. Along with all the other…

“Only then, Work.” Lessons on Work and Life

The most recent episode of Time Eternal talked about seasons of job loss in our lives. Following up on that theme, my friend and fellow Ancient Faith contributor, Nicholas Kotar, recounts an experience a friend of his recently had. It’s one I think many of us can relate to and I asked if we could share it here.…

Ever and Always a Gardener

On the Time Eternal podcast, I recently posted a conversation with my friend, Kerry, who grew up in a conservative Mennonite community in rural Manitoba. We talked about her experience of assimilating to the broader culture as well as how she’s come to regard the temporal rhythms of her childhood with both grief and gratitude. The episode seemed…

Show notes for “Time in Transit”

Public transportation is my temporal kryptonite–it brings out my impatience and inability to cope with all the “wasted” time in my life. But a few months ago, I had an experience on the subway that really put things in perspective, a painful reminder that no time is ever truly wasted. Hear more about it on the latest episode of…