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…

“Serious illness is like asceticism”: Talking about Time in Illness with Kevin Allen

For the next week or so, the theme around here at Time Eternal is time and illness. I’ll soon be posting a podcast episode in which I talk with my friend, Elissa Bjeletich, about her experience waiting for her daughter to receive a liver transplant.  In the meantime, however, I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Allen,…

Trusting “Deep Time”

Last week, I relaunched the Time Eternal podcast with a new format and feel (see what I mean by listening to the first episode, entitled “Sites of Eternity”). One of my inspirations for “Sites of Eternity” was Krista Tippett’s  interview with Catholic theologian Fr. Richard Rohr. At the beginning of the conversation, Tippett and Rohr are talking about the…

Show notes for “Sites of Eternity”

The Time Eternal podcast is back with a new format and approach. In this first episode, my husband and I walk the meditation trail at Antiochian Village and ponder this whole business of recovering eternity in the world of time. With this relaunched version of Time Eternal, one of the new things I’ll be doing is posting show…

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: What Time Is It?

  Recently, I was making a mad dash through the campus library, trying to scrounge up enough interesting books before they closed for the evening. My eye caught this title by David S. Cunningham: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Literary Meditations on Suffering, Death, and New Life. I was drawn to the title because, like Cunningham, I have come to…