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  1. Andrew

    Jonathan, stop doing Ecumenism. Only Orthodoxy is true. Christian icons are sacred, and there is no need for a dialogue with those who make profane secular art, only a monologue, where the name of Jesus Christ is boldly proclaimed. Enough of green hair, enough of calling prostitution something PC. God hates sin.

    1. Telo

      Thank you, Andrew!

    2. Ecumenism? You consider speaking with people as if they are human beings created in the image of God and not our slaves for us to “monologue” to ecumenism? I am sure you have already brought at least 100 people to the Orthodox faith. Right? How about this, Andrew? You do it your way, get up on your soapbox and monologue to the “profane” sinners. Tell them about how God hates sin, and don’t forget to also thank God that you are not like these other people. You do your thing and we can let God judge our respective trees by their fruits. In the meantime, since you have the world to convert, I am sure there are better things for you to do besides posting comments on youtube videos.

      1. Nicholas Esterhuizen

        amen!

  2. I live in Toronto and i was very interested in Peggy’s invitation to participate in Nuit Blanche next year?
    I love the work of a Ukrainian, Sergii Radkevych..here is a quote from him:
    ” My urban interventions hold the balance between contemporary murals and graffiti. They shift the meaning of the space they occupy. My subjects originate from religious iconography and combine simplified religious symbols with geometrical forms to arrive at contemporary spiritual abstract form. I seek out public and private spaces which have lost their function or have an undefined meaning and transform and revitalizes them into spiritual signal spaces…” Also the Greek born Antonia Fikos..It would be trans-formative to come upon larger than life Angels as travel companions in our bus shelters… Open to discussing…implementing…for 2019 Nuit Blanche

  3. Brigid

    A wise matushka once told us (as we made our way through our college years) that we should not be afraid of studying modern art and literature, but rather, we should do as the Israelites did when they left Egypt: take the gold with us and leave the slavery behind; that we could indeed glean the gold from modern books, music, and art without fear. This has served me well in my life. As Bishop Ware said (paraphrasing), we can say where the Holy Spirit is but we cannot say where the Holy Spirit is not. We are fishers of men, and we are to be salt and light in the world. Just because someone is not Orthodox doesn’t mean they don’t have something to share with the world.

  4. That reality of “liturgical art” as basically communal and celebratory is something I am coming to understand little by little. As part of our conversion to Orthodoxy, my family has been building our own “bright corner,” a dedicated space where we can pray and worship together as a family in our home. I have learned more this way, about beauty and prayer, than I could have ever learned from any number of books on the subject. Recently, I started doing some woodworking (I’ve made furniture in the past) — just little things like icon stands. I think I’m going to try my hand next at some wooden candlesticks.

    There is a certain rightness about making something which is going to be used in worship. I feel like I finally know what art is for. Thank you for what you do, Jonathan. Beauty will save the world.

  5. Marek Czarnecki

    It’s very brave of you to engage artists like this, Jonathan, I salute you! It means a lot for people to see who does this kind of work. If we don’t share our work with everyone, then we are making cultic images, and always preaching to the choir. The most insightful criticism and questions come from my secular friends. If they are moved by an icon I’ve painted, I really have done something important. It surprises me and surprises them.

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