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Now Available: Ancient Faith Christmas Catalog and 2014 Calendar

October 22, 2013

Ancient Faith Publishing has posted their 2013 Christmas catalog, featuring a variety of new products, including customizable greeting cards, handpainted keepsake ornaments and ornaments from Russia and Greece, and an array of new icons. A recent release, Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth by Vassilios Papavassiliou, takes the reader through the hymnography, scripture readings, and iconography of the forty days leading up to the Nativity of Christ.

Traditionally one of the most popular Ancient Faith offerings for the Advent season, the Icon Calendar for 2014 features the parables and miracles of Christ and the iconography of Dmitry Shkolnik. The 11" X 12" full-color calendar displays large calendar boxes for recording important reminders. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the New Calendar.

AFR Interviews IOCC's Mark Ohanian About Refugee Outreach

Syrian refugee families (iocc.org)Syrian refugee families (iocc.org)On October 14, 2013, Ancient Faith Radio (AFR), in its program "Ancient Faith Presents," released a podcast interview with IOCC Director of Programs Mark Ohanian in which the Director discusses the difficulties faced by Syria's swelling refugee population. IOCC is supporting one of the largest established efforts to provide aid to Syrians torn by civil war, and is one of the only international operations on the ground in Syria, working closely with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch. There are 1.8 million refugees who now live in the countries surrounding Syria. 

"I was in the region about 2 weeks ago," notes Mr. Ohanian in the interview. "The most obvious thing I saw is that the needs are growing and becoming greater. This is a kind of conflict where there is no end in sight, and there's a constant flow of people who are avoiding conflict areas, migrating within Syria to safer areas, or leaving to a neighboring country.

"This humanitarian catastrophe and the need for resources are far, far greater than what we at IOCC have in place," he continues. "It is stretching everyone's capacities and the needs are unimaginable. We have not seen a scale of this kind of need since...arguably, the Second World War. Almost one third of the Syrian population is in need of assistance."

Listen to the full interview on AFR.

"Conversations on Orthodoxy" Features John and Bobby Maddex of AFR

October 11, 2013

In a new post on the blog Conversations on Orthodoxy, the tables are turned on the men behind the microphone, as Producer Mark Bradshaw interviews John and Bobby Maddex, Ancient Faith Radio's CEO and Operations Manager, respectively. As the Conversations Website notes, "John is the founder of Ancient Faith Radio, and now the CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries, which includes Ancient Faith Publishing (used to be Conciliar Press). We discuss how AFR got started, what it takes to run the network and produce the shows, new languages and podcasts, the live call in shows, and future plans and thoughts on video."

"Ancient Faith Radio is one of the most successful outreach tools we have," notes the host in his brief introduction. "I sat down with John and Bobby to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run Ancient Faith."

Listen to the interview at Conversations on Orthodoxy.

 

Special Broadcast of Ancient Faith Today to Discuss "Crisis in Syria"

Update: Live recordings of this broadcast are now available:

Part I and Part II

Crisis in Syria, a Special Broadcast of Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen this Sunday, September 8 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST

Chesterton, IN (September 5, 2013)In light of the President's call for a “limited” military strike on Syria, Kevin Allen, the host of Ancient Faith Today, will speak live with Middle Eastern experts about the complex crisis in Syria, its main players and their interests, and what effects an American military attack will have on Syria, its struggling Christian population, and the region. The program will stream live on Ancient Faith Radio's Talk station on Sunday, September 8, at 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central. Listeners will be able to hear and respond to a different perspective on the crisis in Syria than what is typically heard on the mainstream news.

Conciliar Press is Now Ancient Faith Publishing

Chesterton, IN (July 24, 2013) — Conciliar Press announces a name change to Ancient Faith Publishing, in an effort to foster continued growth and forward momentum. This name change will not affect the operations or customer relationships in any way; it is simply a change in identity to better reflect our mission.

Conciliar Press was founded over 30 years ago as a ministry of the Evangelical Orthodox Church. When the EOC was received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church by Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Conciliar Press became a department of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It continued and gradually expanded its work of publishing and providing a variety of quality Orthodox resources.

AFR Interview Addresses Canonical and Regional Issues

Protodeacon Peter DanilchickProtodeacon Peter Danilchick
Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) has released an interview titled "Correcting a Canonical Anomaly." AFR's Website explains that "One Bishop per city or region is what the canons call for. Yet, here in North America we have multiple bishops in one location. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops is working to correct that, and today we speak with Protodeacon Peter Danilchick (Orthodox Church in America) who is the liaison for the Canonical Regional Planning Committee. Learn about the importance of this task and how long it will take to get it done."

For more information on this issue, visit AFR's documentary section and the page, "Unravelling Chambesy."

Antiochian Chaplain Describes Afghanistan Pascha on AFR Podcast

June 11, 2013 

On the most recent Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) podcast "In the Valley of the Shadow of Death," Fr. David Alexander, a chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, gives his listeners a window into his life with the Marines of his battalion, where in the midst of the stresses of military life in Afghanistan, he struggles to be a shepherd. A priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Fr. David has been a military chaplain for five years. His wife, Heather Maria, and his daughter, Eve Marie, reside in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

In the most recent three episodes, Fr. David movingly recalls for his listeners the Paschas he has spent in Afghanistan, describing the services he celebrated on the American base in Kandahar at a very unique Romanian chapel.

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AFR Releases New Holy Week Reflections by Fr. Thomas Hopko

Chesterton, Indiana— Available now at Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) are six reflections on the first three days of Holy Week by Fr. Thomas Hopko. These podcast episodes are brand new to the internet radio station and a perfect way to prepare for the final Orthodox church services prior to Pascha.

Father Thomas is Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books and articles, including Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction, published by Conciliar Press. His six reflections examine the significance of the Scripture readings and verses that are the focus of Holy Week. AFR has collected these reflections on a single page of its website.

Seeking to deepen and enrich the faith of Orthodox Christians around the world, AFR offers streaming audio programming and on-demand podcasts. It features liturgical music from a variety of Orthodox traditions, as well as prayers, readings, lectures, and interviews.

Conciliar Press Offers Timely Resources for the Lenten Season

As the first week of Great Lent draws near, Conciliar Press—the publishing arm of Conciliar Media Ministries—has released several new resources for Lenten reading.

The Hidden Garden: a story of the heart, by Antiochian children’s book author and editor Jane Meyer, is a parable that employs the imagery of the garden to teach children about the inner heart and the need to cultivate peace and beauty there. "I have long wanted to write a book for children that touches on the idea of the nous—that place within us that searches and longs for and knows God—where the heart and the mind are integrated and work as one with holy intentions and for holy purposes," explains Mrs. Meyer. "Children have an incredible capacity for touching and knowing God....But do they know that they can nurture and protect and tend that place within them where God resides?

Meditations for Great Lent is written by notable author Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.

AFR Posts Audio of Fr. Constantine Nasr Marriage Preparation Seminar

On February 8 and 9, 2013, Fr. Constantine Nasr, pastor emeritus of St. Elijah Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the author of Mastering the Art of Marriage published by Conciliar Press, conducted a marriage preparation seminar at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, MI. The event was sponsored by the Mariam Center of Marriage and Youth Development, and the audio of all three sessions has been posted to Ancient Faith Radio (AFR).

OCF College Conference Audio Available on AFR

Students enjoy a lighter moment at 2012 College Conference EastStudents enjoy a lighter moment at 2012 College Conference EastIn partnership with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), Ancient Faith Radio has posted the talks from the 2012 OCF College Conferences as an AFR "Special." Held annually after Christmas at Antiochian Village (East) and St. Nicholas Ranch (West), the conferences draw college students from all part of the U.S. together for several days of workshops, fellowship, and lectures from top-notch Orthodox speakers.

In addition to the podcasts featuring talks on the theme "Trust in the Power and Love of God," the AFR line-up of conference audio includes the program "Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas," who conducted a live call-in show with the students at the College Conference East at Antiochian Village.

Listen to OCF College Conference 2012

Browse the 2012 Conciliar Press Online Christmas Catalog

The 24–page Conciliar Press Christmas catalog is available online here in its online version on the Press website, or as a PDF here. A wide variety of products are available, including Christmas cards, ornaments, icons, gifts for kids and young adults, gifts for under $10.00, crosses and jewelry, music, and other items such as prayer books, censers, ceramic holy water bottles, wall plaques, incense and incense holders, and keychains.

The ever-popular icon calendar for 2013 depicts the work of Christ, seen and unseen, and foreshadowed, in the Old Testament. The calendar is sized at 11" X 12" and each icon is depicted in full color. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the new calendar.

Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas Debuts Sunday, November 18

Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) has announced the live broadcast debut of a new call-in talk show, Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas, beginning this Sunday night at 8 pm Eastern. Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas will offer listeners an opportunity to ask pointed questions about the Orthodox Church. The show is aimed at both seekers, converts, and cradle Orthodox Christians and will stream live, allowing listeners to call-in from around the world, on the first and third Sundays of each month, at 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific, on AFR’s Talk Station.

Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen, the first live call-in Orthodox Christian talk show on AFR, began broadcasting earlier this year. It will air opposite Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the same time slot. Listeners may participate at 8 pm Eastern on AFR by visiting the show's landing page and selecting the “talk” button. 

Conciliar Press Releases Popular Icon Calendar for 2013

Conciliar Press' 2013 icon calendar features icons depicting the work of Christ—seen, unseen, and foreshadowed—throughout the Old Testament.

The 11" X 12" full-color calendar, the latest in a popular series of calendars, features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording important date reminders. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the New Calendar. The monthly themes are:

  • January—The Creation of Light
  • February—The Creation of Animals and Man
  • March—Noah and the Ark
  • April—Melchizedek’s Offering to Abraham
  • May—The Hospitality of Abraham
  • June—Abraham’s Offering of Isaac
  • July—Jacob’s Ladder
  • August—Moses and the Burning Bush
  • September—Moses, Aaron, and the Tabernacle of Witness
  • October—The Bronze Serpent Made by Moses
  • November—Jonah and the Big Fish
  • December—The Three Holy Youths in the Furnace

Fr. George Shalhoub Offers "Meditations on Mercy"

Fr. George Shalhoub, priest at the Basilica of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Livonia, Michigan, recently offered four "Meditations on Mercy" at the 2012 Antiochian House of Studies Residency Program. The talks were presented each evening after the final benediction of Great Vespers during the first week of the program in early September, and were very well received by the 100 students and faithful present. Ancient Faith Radio has posted each talk, as well as an interview with Fr. George.

"I teach Liturgical Practice and I chose a theme every year and speak from my experience as a priest for over 40 years," Fr. George said. "In my talks, I asked, what does it mean when to use mercy with each other? Mercy is to listen, to comfort, to forgive, to strengthen, to encourage, all set in the context of prayer."

Father urged his audience to avoid becoming "professional" priests or deacons, because in doing so "we lose the art of being priests. And this subject can apply to everyone," he added. "In our world today, we find a breakdown occurs when communication dies; we're wired up but we're still not communicating with each other."

Listen to the complete set of meditations.

Ancient Faith Today's September 16 Guest is Kyriacos Markides

On Sunday, September 16, the live call-in broadcast Ancient Faith Today will feature host Kevin Allen's conversation with well-known author Kyriacos Markides. Markides' newly released book, The Inner River, chronicles his "pilgrimage to the heart of Christian spirituality," and speaks about his journey from materialism to shamanism, and then back home to the mystical Orthodox Christian faith of his youth.

A professor of sociology at the University of Maine, Markides is the best-selling author of The Mountain of Silence and Gifts of the Desert. "He is a bridge builder between Orthodox and non-Orthodox seekers," notes Ancient Faith Today host Allen. "We'll find out about his views of Darwinism, near-death experiences, universalism, and other topics that are a part of his fascinating inner journey. I'll also have a chance to ask him some of the hard questions that many who have read his books, have wondered about."

The call-in number for Ancient Faith Today is 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346), and the link for the chatroom is posted shortly before the time of the program, which streams live at 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

Sunday, Sept. 2: Ancient Faith Today Looks at "Evangelical Orthodox" Legacy

On Sunday, September 2, the live, call-in radio program of Ancient Faith Radio featured the theme, "Back to the Future: A Reflection on the Past and Future Legacy of the 'Evangelical Orthodox' in Canonical Orthodoxy."

The guest was the V. Rev. Jon Braun, ex-Campus Crusade for Christ Regional Director and former leader of the Evangelical Orthodox Church. Fr. Peter Gillquist of blessed memory was originally scheduled to be interviewed on this program as well. As a tribute to his life and legacy, Conciliar Press has made Fr. Peter's booklet Finishing the Race available as a free download.

The call-in number for Ancient Faith Today is: 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346), and it streams live at 5:00 pm Pacific, 7:00 pm Central, and 8:00 pm Eastern every other Sunday.

Listen to the complete podcast with Fr. Jon.

Ancient Faith Radio Releases New and Improved App

Chesterton, IN  Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to announce the release of a new application for tablets and smart phones, in both Apple and Droid formats. This cutting edge app was developed as a partnership between Ancient Faith Radio and The Church App by Subsplash, developers of applications for other national ministry organizations.

The new app allows phone and tablet users to listen to AFR Music and AFR Talk live streaming stations, as well as all AFR podcasts and specials. Additionally listeners can keep up with the latest AFR news, see recent play lists, purchase music, make donations, and contact AFR. Once content has been downloaded listeners can share content via Twitter, Facebook and email. "Though they've been a long time coming, we really believe that these apps are worth the wait. They're comprehensive, elegant, and user friendly. Listening to Ancient Faith Radio 'on the go' is now a simple and enjoyable experience," says Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager for Ancient Faith Radio.

The app is free and is ready for download from the Ancient Faith Radio site, as well as the Apple and Droid app stores.

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Peter Gillquist

Archpriest Peter E. Gillquist, retired chairman of the archdiocese's department of missions and evangelism, chairman of Conciliar Press, speaker, and the author of numerous books including Becoming Orthodox, reposed on Sunday evening July 1, surrounded by his family. 

Fr. Peter and his wife of 52 years, Kh. Marilyn, had lived for many years in Santa Barbara, California, but as of June 2009 they relocated to Bloomington, Indiana, where their son Fr. Peter Jon Gillquist serves as pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church.

Condolences may be posted on the All Saints website, where tributes have been pouring from all over the United States and abroad. A recent Ancient Faith Radio retirement interview with Fr. Peter, Kh. Marilyn and Fr. Peter Jon, is available here. The schedule of services is as follows:

Spotlight: Fr. Andrew Damick's Homilies Available on AFR

Antiochian priest Fr. Andrew Damick, an author, blogger and podcaster, is now recording and posting his weekly homilies to his podcast, Roads From Emmaus: Exploring the Intersection Between Place, Communion, and Revelation.

In his homily on Thomas Sunday, Fr. Andrew discussed the difference between the story of Christ and our own story in the world, and on Myrrh-bearers Sunday, Fr. Andrew spoke about our motivation for acts of piety.

Pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Fr. Andrew is also the author of the Conciliar Press book, Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy. He describes his perspective on his blog, Roads from Emmaus, this way: "Much of what you might read here will focus on Christian localist themes of place, incarnation, limits, and real communion. I love my home, and I’m firmly of the belief that loving one’s home is a critical element in Christian life and particularly for evangelism."

"Ancient Faith Today" Talk Show Launches on AFR

Chesterton, IN  Ancient Faith Radio announces the launch of the first ever Orthodox live call-in show, Ancient Faith Today, this Sunday, April 22, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Ancient Faith Today is what Ancient Faith Radio and Orthodox Internet radio have been missing -- a live inter-active conversation program. Now that void has been filled! Ancient Faith Today streams live, with call-ins from around the world, twice a month on Sunday nights at 5:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Central/8:00pm Eastern on Ancient Faith Radio Talk.

Topics cover all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching and canonical tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Spotlight: Ancient Faith Radio Offers Audio of Holy Week Services

St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox ChurchSt. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox ChurchAs an aid to Orthodox Christians who aren't able to make it to all the services of Holy Week, Ancient Faith Radio offers a complete set of recordings of live Holy Week services.

One of the parishes featured in the recordings is St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Madison, Wisconsin, pastored by Fr. Patrick Kinder.

All of the services of Holy Week are included in the set, from the Bridegroom Matins early in the week, to the Service of Holy Unction, Twelve Passion Gospels, Royal Hours and Vespers and Lamentations of Holy Friday, to Sunday's Paschal liturgy and Agape Vespers.

AFR Launches The Cambridge Orthodox Forum

The new podcast Cambridge Orthodox Forum: Lectures delivered in Cambridge, UK at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, recently launched on Ancient Faith Radio (AFR).

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS), the pan-Orthodox house for theological studies in the ancient university city of Cambridge, England, is presenting this selection of lectures delivered by a number of distinguished scholars for the Institute’s degree course. The series of lectures will address a variety of themes while trying to address questions of great relevance for the world of today. The first lectures will be:

1. What is Theology?

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, renowned Orthodox author, former Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford and one of the Directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, explores the Orthodox vision of theology.

AFR and Kevin Allen to Launch Live Call-in Show

"Ancient Faith Today With Kevin Allen," AFR's new flagship national program, is slated to launch at the end of Bright Week on April 22, 2012.

Allen, the host of the award-winning interview podcast, "The Illumined Heart," will draw on his background in Orthodox media to discuss a wide variety of issues with knowledgeable guests, all through the lens of the Orthodox faith and tradition. "Ancient Faith Today" will stream live and allow for call-ins from around the globe, twice a month on Sunday evenings at 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Antiochian.org asked host Kevin Allen to share his hopes and plans for this new venture.

1. Kevin, tell us about your history with Orthodox internet radio.

I hosted an interview program called “The Illumined Heart” on Ancient Faith Radio from 2007 through April 2011 with a few hiatuses in between. We logged 5, 251 minutes and 49 seconds in 176 programs with Orthodox and non-Orthodox laity, clergy, monastics, theologians, writers and Episcopal leaders on a wide range of subjects with the common theme of “spirituality” and “church life." The program began as a parish media project and Ancient Faith Radio produced it on its Talk Radio line-up as a regular program as a downloadable podcast. In addition, I have been a listener of many of the other fine podcasts on AFR myself through the years.

Conciliar Press Launches New Website

Conciliar Press has rebuilt its website from the ground up to offer customers a substantially improved shopping experience. On the new site, customers can:

Purchase, redeem, or check balance of online gift certificates

Create and share multiple wish lists

Search for products with improved functionality

Read a sample chapter of many books before purchasing

See new products sooner

Receive orders faster

You are invited to visit the new, user-friendly Conciliar Press website today!