Do read the following. I don’t have a URL, as one of my correspondents sent it on to me. Yes… read it. You’ll retain your lunch at the end of it all. It’s supposedly from Matushka Juliana Schmemann… but it’s got Lyonyo’s and Jillion’s fingerprints all over it. As my friend wrote me:
GAG! They’re desperate! (Emphasis and bold in the original)
You have to know what they’re sayin’… then, you’ll know how to cosh ‘em without them being able to cosh YOU back. Read…
Matushka Juliana Schmemann: Hearing “Still Small Voice” of the Lord
In an open letter addressed to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah; the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops; and the membership of the Orthodox Church in America in mid-October, Matushka Juliana Schmemann shared her insights into the forthcoming 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America. Matushka Juliana is the widow of the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. Fr Alexander, as is well known, was most instrumental in the granting of autocephaly to the OCA and was a key figure in the OCA’s All-American Councils from the 1960s until his repose in 1983. Matushka wrote:
As we assemble with hope and anticipation to share our care and our love for our Church in America, we are painfully aware that the past few years our beloved church has been torn asunder by an overwhelming amount of trouble, both personal and corporate. We went through anger, mistrust, suspensions, reinstatements, accusations, hope, and discouragement… all of this endangering the very existence of our OCA. Yet, in spite of this, the bells of our churches continue to ring, gathering the faithful to celebrate and to give thanks to God. The people come, the Eucharist is celebrated, the church lives. We keep the vision with hope and trust in the Lord. Chaotic changes, discouraging events lacking love, peace, and truth have not kept the faithful away.
On the feast of Transfiguration, we hear the story of Elijah as he seeks to hear the voice of the Lord (III Kings, 19.11-12). And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. We have become deaf to that “still small voice” of the Lord. We are looking for it in the wrong way and in the wrong places. Indeed, we have to work on finding solutions to the crises that our church is drowning in. But when the solutions are reduced to condemning words, dramatic expulsions, and blind reliance on rules and limits, then, we’re going about this the wrong way. If resolving our problems is not centred on listening to the still small voice of the Lord and on feeling the gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit, we aren’t leading our beloved church to a life filled with love and peace.
This assembly must return to what is essential for all the members of The Orthodox Church in America. We can’t tamper with what we as an American church have achieved through hard work, loyalty, dedication, and love. The efforts of generations of American Orthodox are evident in the parishes both large and small, the missions, the monasteries, the institutions, the outreach programs. The hard work of countless priests and their flocks is evident from coast to coast. So, in the midst of fire, and wind, and anger, and destruction, let’s listen carefully to that still small voice of the Lord. Let’s listen with an open humble heart and by so doing we can have a peaceful, a glorious and a truly Christ-centred assembly.
Matushka Juliana resides in Montréal QC Canada.
Yes… she lives in Montréal… where she attends one of the most rabidly Renovationist parishes in the OCA, where they don’t even have an iconostas! That’s also very close to Ottawa… guess who lives there? Yes, indeed… John Jillions! This smells like something that Lyonyo and Stokoe ran up on the QT (it’s got all of Stokoe’s gaseous usages in it) and e-mailed it to Jillions for Matushka Juliana’s signature. This hasn’t got any play on oca.org or on Stokoe’s site, yet… now, that I’ve broken it, watch for them to ignore it. That’s their usual MO… of course, they could break the pattern, that’s true. They ARE that desperate. Watch for smarmy treacle from Serge Schmemann and for some “affirmative” New Age rubbish from Seraphim Sigrist. NO doubt, Stokoe will haul out Hopko père, and have him write a hand-wringing missive. Dreher and the Coneheads will be their cowardly selves and continue to post under usernames. They’ll trundle out Breck and Berzonsky père (one wonders if they’ll use Vlad Jr, too?), and Hatfield and Meyendorf fils. They’ll exhaust all their efforts… but…
This is nothing but desperate dezinformatsiya and I advise everyone to read it, note it, but don’t fight it… it’s a waste of time and effort (besides, they want to make us look like we’re attacking an old person… that’s dodgy and low, isn’t it?). The important task facing us is the removal of the OCA and its replacement with a united Russian Church body in the USA. Replying to such manifest dreck isn’t a wise use of our time and resources. We have MUCH more important fish to fry. We have a United Russian Orthodox Church to establish, in the USA, in Canada, and in Alaska. Anything else, at this point, is froufrou.
A friend sent me another interesting titbit that I’m going to look at next. It’s in Russian, from Portal-Credo. Yes… that’s an unreliable source and you’ve got to take anything on it with EXTREME scepticism. However, you MUST check out something that’s relevant, no matter what the source or no matter who says it (e.g., Alexander Lebedeff IS a competent canonist and educated Church historian… you wrong yourself if you disregard his facts… you don’t have to buy his crook conclusions, though). That’ll be my next post…
As for the above “open letter”… it’s clearly GIGO. Shame on Lyonyo and Jillions for using an elderly person thusly… that’s nasty and obnoxious. It tells you much about them, doesn’t it?
Tuesday 18 October 2011