A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Наставак живописања старе цркве Светог Саве у Лос Анђелесу

Александар Живадиновић, водећи српски иконописац из Београда, осликава олтарску апсиду најстарије православне цркве у јужној Калифорнији.

У овим данима, када у црквеном богослужбеном циклусу започиње период припреме за Велики и Часни Пост, који нас припрема за прослављање Празника Христовог Васкрсења, и када нас Црква нарочито позива на учествовање у есхатолошкој реалности и пресаздању и обнављању пале природе човекове, са радошћу сведочимо још једно својеврсно обнављање и облачење у ново рухо.

Наиме, наш најстарији и први храм лосанђелески, који је изродио две монументалне цркве и парохије, ових дана пролази кроз другу фазу живописања. Овај подухват нема за сврху само да улепша богослужбени простор, него и да сведочи “нову реалност“  коју нам доноси Христово Васкрсење са поруком да “Христос Васкрсе, земљу потресе, тугу однесе, радост донесе” (Св. Владика Николај).

Има ли  бољег места у Лос Анђелесу за радосни поклич “Христос Васкрсе” од нашег старог храма, окруженог гробовима наших милих и драгих, који тамо почивају чекајући “васкрсење из мртвих и живот будућег века”? 

Управо ову радост, својим раскошним  богоданим талентом, помоћу четкице и боје, на зиду олтарске апсиде нашег старог храма, исписује Александар Живадиновић, иконописац из Београда, који од недавно, са благословом нашег Владике Максима, а уз подршку локалне Православне Српске Заједнице, ради на изради монументалне композиције Христовог Васкрсења, која ће доминирати  источним храмовним простором. Истовремено верујемо да ће она бити на утеху и оснажење свима који у храму и у његовој близини тугују због привременог растанка са својим вољеним.

Православна икона је наш прозор у вечност! Кроз њу добијамо могућост да завиримо и предокусимо Будући живот и да се сусретнемо са свима који по завршетку овог привременог живота очекују “живот нестариви”, сведочећи победу Христову над смрћу!














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Janko Nikolich-Zugich

Janko Nikolich-Zugich received his MD from Belgrade University Medical School in 1984, subsequently receiving an MSc and a PhD in Immunology from the same University. Dr. Nikolich-Zugich worked from 1987 to 1990 as a Research Associate at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in the laboratory of Dr. Michael J. Bevan, FRS, NAS, HHMI. In 1990, he joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York as the Head of both the Flow Cytometry Core Facility and the Laboratory of T Cell Development. He served as an Assistant Professor (1990-1996) and an Associate Professor (1996-2001) at both the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and the Division of Molecular Medicine in Cornell University School of Medicine.

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Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.