A few weeks ago, I attended the 40th Assembly of the Diocese of the South of the OCA. My priest asked me to write a reflection on it which he shared in the church’s newsletter and I will share here. I attempted, perhaps not too successfully, to tie the themes together from the various guest speakers, all of whom were quite engaging.
The guest speakers included:
Dr. Nathan Jacobs who has written and directed a documentary called Becoming Truly Human in which he reaches out to the religiously unaffiliated “nones.” We watched the film and then discussed it for a while.
The second guest speaker was author and professor Dr. Clark Carlton who has written a series of books on the Orthodox faith. His talk was entitled The Future of Orthodoxy in the Postmodern World: Welcome to the Catacombs (link).
The third talk, given by iconographer, artist, and speaker Jonathan Pageau, was entitled Pentecost for the Zombie Apocalypse (link). It was honestly quite brilliant. You can watch it below:
There is ever increasing awareness of the cultural fracturing and disintegration that is happening in America and Western culture as a whole. From the insanity of our last political election and the riots that followed, to the splintering of sexuality and gender into an inconceivable number of categories, we are seeing an exponential increase in what some are calling chaos. Continue reading A Reflection on an Assembly