Listen to "Mayan Orthodoxy," a Recorded Lecture

On May 18th, I delivered a public lecture at St. Vladimir's Seminary on the growth of Mayan Orthodoxy in Guatemala. The lecture focused on the rich, volcanic soil of Guatemala as the key to understanding the history and culture of the country. The fertile soil has made some Guatemalans rich because of abundant crops, but it also has divided the country and contributed to decades of civil war, bloodshed, and poverty among the indigenous populations. This "story of the soil" is also the key to understanding why thousands of Mayan Indians converted to the Orthodox Church under the leadership of Fr. Andrés Girón. The lecture described the future challenges that face this movement to Orthodoxy, and it concluded by urging the broader Orthodox Church to help the seed of Orthodoxy take root in the soil of Guatemala. By by supporting the missionaries who are working in Guatemala, the broader Orthodox Church will help the seed of Orthodoxy grow. When this seed grows into a strong, Mayan Orthodox Church, then God will show all of us "the joy of the harvest, which is so great."

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The lecture was recorded for "Voices from St. Vladimir's Seminary" on Ancient Faith Radio.  You can listen to the full lecture in the audio player below, or download the audio file here.