Aug 18, 2014

William Seraphim Stambaugh

Hailing from Eastern KY in the USA, “Bill”, is a Russian Orthodox Christian who has spent decades working on the arts of abstract and improvisational music. Having worked alongside world renowned artists and musicians, the last several years have seen him work to build his own compositional catalogue, mainly working in the genres of jazz, rock and classical. His compositions have been described as borrowing musical elements of many different cultures.

In addition to being an accomplished musician/ composer, Bill also is a resident actor of two prestigious acting companies: Arts Resource for the Tri-State (ARTS) and Actors for Children Theatre (ACT). He has filled the stage with leading roles, such as, Leonato in ARTS production of Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare, and Ebenezer Scrooge in ACTC’s “A Christmas Carol” by Israel Horowitz to The King in “Gift Bear for the King” based on the children’s book by Carl Memmling and adapted by Sarah Diamond Burroway for theater (ACT). He has also remained humbled by giving 100% to minor roles such as ‘townsperson’ in “Shenendoah”, and a pirate in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”. His next performances will be as ‘Featured Instrumentalist’ in Crazy for You”, Quadringle in an original score for children’s theater, “Monsters Under the Bed”, and playing bass, bango, mandolin, theremin, keys, organ, saxophone, guitar, and percussion in his own creations: VelvetSpasm, Bluto’s Tent, BS^2 and Others & Us.

Available for Acting, Music and Composition. Please contact via: 


Aug 10, 2014

Baseline Project

Outreach Like We’ve Never Done it Before

Christians in America are spread among more than 40,000 denominations. How many of them have never met an Orthodox Christian or even heard of the Orthodox Church?

The new BASELINE video series will actively reach out to people who are not Orthodox Christians, who are not inquirers, and who indeed may have never encountered our faith.

BASELINE will put Orthodox Christianity in the mix of modern media in an adult, contemporary and engaging presentation.

BASELINE will take the viewer to the foundations of the faith, visiting archeological sites and uncovering the accounts of the original witnesses.

BASELINE will be visually compelling, relying on strong imagery to tell the stories and defend the faith.

BASELINE will be a series of videos, approximately 20-25 minutes in length, distributed through all social media outlets and hosted on YouTube.

BASELINE is a critical project for all Christians, an opportunity to accurately portray the worldwide truth and history of the Orthodox Church.

Reaching the unreached - kindling the light of the faith where it has not been before - is a broad mission. The place to start is at the origin of the Church: its history.

Get Involved
Please join our effort by sending your support either online or by mail:

By Mail: 
Send donations to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (memo: BASELINE), Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism, 307 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10075.

The Director
David DeJonge’s campaigns and creations reach people on a personal level and inspire them to action. He was the producer, director and videographer of an internationally acclaimedfeature-length documentary on the life of America’s last WWI veteran, FrankBuckles. The film helped catalyze the campaign to restore the WWI memorial on the National Mall. His photography for the project, dedicated in person by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, permanently lines the walls of the Pentagon. David DeJonge is a committed Orthodox Christian, passionate in his study of Church history He is the founder of Legacy Icons and the author of Beyond the Image: Church History through Iconography.

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Aug 8, 2014

WOAH, what a night!

The first annual Wondrous Orthodox Arts Happening (7th August 2014) was nothing short of a huge success!

A true expression of Christian fellowship WOAH offered visitors hospitality, beautiful art and most importantly a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

To make contact with WOAH organisers:



Written by Abbot Tryphon from the All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Christian Monastery in Washington, USA, he poses the question of how do we raise our youth in a digital world?

Reproduced with permission.

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We are living in an age that has witnessed changes on a massive scale as never before. The way we communicate has changed with the coming of the internet, with information available that would have required a library and advanced degrees to access in the past. Ideas and information are available that leave our youth with choices that were never available a generation ago.

Moral norms have changed, with values and lifestyles that would have never been seen as acceptable in the past becoming part of mainstream. Gay marriage, the high divorce rate, children being raise by unwed parents, and profane music that sounds like it came from the underworld (which inspired it, I'm sure). Child sexual abuse is reaching shocking numbers, with clergy, boy scout leaders, coaches and police officers under arrest. With the environmental crisis increasing and political unrest spreading, hope is fading. Our world is polarized in ways that are mind boggling, and the economy has lowered the hopes and expectations of a whole generation.

With all that has changed in our world, is it any wonder young people are abandoning the Christian faith in droves? With the youthful questioning of authority, it is not enough to simply expect them to accept the authority of bishops, priests, and the traditions and teachings of the Church. There needs to be a change in the way we of the older generations communicate with our youth.

In this age of information we must demonstrate to our youth the difference between information and wisdom. Wisdom is that which is passed down from the past and which imparts substance and enlightenment. Wisdom is not about information, and does not compete with worldly knowledge. Wisdom need not be in conflict with science, nor be linked to narrow mindedness. Wisdom is that which not only connects us to the best of human knowledge and experience, but links us to that which is eternal. Wisdom gives us the ability to relate to our Creator, to our culture and to others. The urgency of imparting this message is great, for we have a whole generation that is in danger of losing faith in God.

It is not enough to expect our young people to attend services if we do not listen to them, respect them, and try to understand the world that is confronting them. They are growing up in a different world than people of my generation experienced, and this important difference must be acknowledged and respected. We can't simply teach the truth to our youth, we must live it in a way that makes it real for them. We must be patient with them, be open to their struggles and non-confrontational when they disagree with us, or we will lose them forever to Christ.

Today's young people have the same hopes and dreams that previous generations held, but this fast changing world is depriving them of hope. Nihilism has become the religion of countless numbers of our youth, with the result that life has become meaningless . The information age has driven God out of societal, cultural and governmental prominence, resulting in mass disbelief.

We who are of the older generations must witness to the wealth of truth that is in the ancient knowledge and wisdom of the Church by demonstrating it's worth in how we live. If young people do not see a genuine living out of the Faith in us, they will keep looking for truth in directions that will take them far from it. Young people are worthy of our love and respect, and worthy of sharing with us the life in Christ that is their heritage as well. The Church will not be a draw to our youth unless her members demonstrate holiness of life and reach out with love, patience and understanding, offering something that is seen as real by today's young people.

Finally, today's young people need to see joy in the hearts of those of us who have taken on Christ. If we do not have joy in our hearts the youth will see nothing that is attractive to them, and will continue in the wasteland of consumerism, materialism, nihilism, and all hope for the future of our planet will have died.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon


Aug 3, 2014

The Moving Icon: Episode 11 - WOAH, that’s so awesome! An Orthodox Arts and Media event

Without a doubt every artist needs inspiration but they also need the encouragement and support of other artists. This is even moreso for Orthodox Christians working in the media and arts. On August 7th 2014 in San Pedro, California, a diverse group of Orthodox artists, musicians and filmmakers will be hosting a unique event. WOAH stands for Wondrous Orthodox Arts Happening where fellow Orthodox will gather together and exhibit their work.

Today I am joined by the organisers. We have Angelica Sotiriou a visual artist, Michael Lujan a photographer and Fr Michael an iconographer.

To listen to this podcast, click the show’s logo: