An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
I was perusing Justin's blog recently and stumbled upon his links section which included one entitled "Cross-Cultural Communication." As it turns out this is Fr. Michael Oleksa's website and it includes the lecture series he gave with regard to Orthodoxy in Alaska - in its entirety!
Rich with history and spirituality, this series is a treasure for anyone who wishes to know more about Alaska and it's connection with Russia and Orthodoxy.
Thank you to Justin for linking them and to Fr. Michael (my long lost 'cuz) for posting them. I told Father a while back that his stories of the missionaries in Alaska would make for a movie comparable superior to "The Mission."
One of the great unexpected joys of living in the NW is being in the path of Fr. Michael when he comes to the lower 48; he requently stops off to see people and parishes in the Puget Sound area. He is always an enthusiastic, joyful person to meet. --- Bob K.