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The Sixth Annual Conference

The Sixth Annual Conference

On Friday, December 5th, 2014, the Sixth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute will be held at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (3041 Broadway @ 121 st Street, New York, NY 10027). The theme for the conference is Healing Reconciliation & Forgiveness in Eastern Orthodox Perspectives. The conference aims to provide space for exploring the […]

Saint Maximos the Confessor

Saint Maximos the Confessor

  Icon  of St. Maximos the Confessor  by Eileen McGuckin.       9 x 7 inches.  Gessoed Birch Panel. 23k. Gold Leaf.  Neo-Byzantine style. St. Maximos lived between 580 and 662 and was one of the most important theologians of the Byzantine church. He was an aristocrat and served as Imperial Secretary to the Emperor […]

Saint James the Just

Saint James the Just

Icon of St. James the Brother of the Lord by Eileen McGuckin 12.5 inches x 9.5 inches. Gessoed poplar board. 24 ct. Gold detail. St. James the Just (so named by the very early Jewish-Christian theologian Hegesippus) is also known as James the Brother of the Lord, or in the Orthodox Church as James the […]

Fr. McGuckin's Schmemann Lecture & Honorary Degree

Fr. McGuckin’s Schmemann Lecture & Honorary Degree

Fr. John McGuckin (President of the Sophia Institute) was awarded the Degree of Doctor Divinitatis Honoris Causa  at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary on Jan 31st, 2014. He also delivered the Schmemann Lecture, which was has been ongoing for over three decades. McGuckin presented on Vladimir Lossky’s mystical theology. See here: http://svotssynaxis.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/on-the-mystical-theology-of-the-eastern-church/. In addition to receiving the […]

Nicholas Samara's American Psalm, World Psalm

Nicholas Samara’s American Psalm, World Psalm

Sophia Fellow Nicholas Samaras has recently published a book of poetry: American Psalm, World Psalm takes the original rhythms of the Biblical Psalms and reimagines them through the scope of contemporary American music—blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, world music. Samaras turns in a massively ambitious—and hugely successful—project of writing one-hundred and fifty contemporary psalms, to mirror the Old Testament, […]

Saint Melania the Younger

Saint Melania the Younger

Saint Melania the Younger. By iconographer Eileen McGuckin, 2014.

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Saint Symeon the New Theologian. By Iconographer Elieen McGuckin, 2014.

Eileen McGuckin's Latest Icon

Eileen McGuckin’s Latest Icon

Iconographer Eileen McGuckin’s has recently completed three icons: Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Saint Symeon the New Theologian, and Saint Melania the Younger.

Sixth Annual Conference

Sixth Annual Conference

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the Sixth Annual Sophia Institute Conference will take place on the campus of Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027). The day long gathering, titled “Monasticism, Asceticism and Holiness in the Eastern Orthodox World,” will focus on the serious ways the Eastern Orthodox Church, over past centuries, and in […]

Joshua (Judge of Israel)

Joshua (Judge of Israel)

Joshua Son of Nun: Judge of Israel. Icon by Eileen McGuckin. 22ct. gold detail on Gessoed poplar board. Joshua was at first Hoshea son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim, but he became Moses’ leading general and was renamed Yehoshua ( Num. 13.16 -God is my salvation). His name in the LXX Greek bible […]