August 20, 2014

Frontier Orthodoxy

Fr. Oliver Herbel

The folks over at the always-interesting Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas are introducing a new column called Frontier Orthodoxy by Fr. Oliver Herbel. Fr. Herbel provides an introduction to his work, and some biographical detail, and what surely is the Quote of the Week in the Orthodox Christian blogosphere: I have come to see that modesty is a virtue that is in very very very short supply in our culture, that love and kindness are all too often hard to come by, and that courage and fortitude are rare on the issues that count and abundantly present in the face of some of the least important issues in life. Most importantly, I have learned that if one wants to be in the Ark, the Church of Christ propagated through the Apostles, one has to enter the Holy Orthodox Church and put up with the breath taking stench. The other option doesn’t stink, of course, but a rotten smell still beats lungs full of water. … [Read more...]

The American Orthodox ‘Historiographical Problem’

Did they have a plan for America?

Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time. — Frederick Jackson Turner Here's a new site worth a visit. The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas has launched a new blog at The picture here, found in the archives of the Library of Congress, shows a meeting of Orthodox bishops in 1921. But, mysteriously, it's not clear what the meeting was about. As explains: Few photos from the early 20th century history of American Orthodoxy are so rich in significance as this one. This was taken during the 1921 visit of then-deposed Abp. Meletios (Metaxakis) of Athens to America, beginning the process of founding the Greek Archdiocese. He came traveling with Bp. Alexander (Demoglou), who would become the first Greek Archbishop of America. Meletios and Alexander did a remarkable amount of work toward uniting the Greek … [Read more...]