Two recent publications record events within Orthodox Christianity in America and help the general reader understand developments within this ancient faith struggling to live in a pluralistic religious landscape.
An Anchorage museum plans to close its doors at the end of this summer. The Russian Orthodox Museum, located at 6th Avenue and A Street downtown, houses Alaska artwork dating back more than a century.Many of the artifacts were handmade in the state, and others were brought over from Russia. Most of the texts and artwork date back to the 1890s; some go back two centuries. The small treasures will be returned to the churches that donated them.
A new monograph about St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar has been published. The editor of this publication is Zoran Radovanov, the text was written by Dragomir Acovic, and speciality assistants were Vojislav Milovanovic and Maja Filipovic.
The photographs which enriched the text were taken from the Foto archive of the Monument Cathedral and also from photographers: Milinko Stefanovic, Radeta Prelic, Hadzi-Marko Vujichic and Branko Jovanovic. The Cover photograph is done by Marko Rupen.
The publisher of this great publication is Studio "Bechkerek", Novi Sad. This monograph is available in Serbian, English and Russian.
The past year brought spiritual happiness to Serbian Orthodox Church, to it's faithful children and to members of Serbian Church Community in South Africa. We have celebrated important jubilee - 30 years since St. Apostle Thomas Temple was built in Johannesburg, as the only Serbian Orthodox temple on African continent.
Importance of this jubilee and effort that was necessary for such importance to be presented are way beyond our strengths, ability and available space in our magazine Svetosavsko Ognjiste. However, with God's help, we have tried to present, within ninth edition of one and only magazine in Serbian language in Africa, the spirit of celebration of this major jubilee, as such the majority of this edition will contain words and photographs related to mentioned jubilee and visit by official delegation of Serbian Orthodox Church for this important celebration.
In Emmanuel, the second anthology of Bishop Athanasius' articles to appear in English, His Grace explores themes of Orthodox Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Gnoseology. How can we know Who God is? How can we know who we are, as human persons created in His image and likeness? How can we become one with Him? Bishop Athanasius examines these and other foundational questions in depth in this volume, drawing from a wealth of Scriptural and patristic sources. In discussing diverse theological subjects, he always returns to his overarching theme: the communion that man can have with God through Jesus Christ the God-man, within Christ's Church and above all in the Holy Eucharist. His exquisite and unique way of engaging the reader in mutual dialogue, with the living Eucharistic experience permeating his every thought, instills in the reader a burning desire for that communion.