Well folks, I am hanging up my hat

After a couple of very interesting years on this blog, it is time to call it quits. Several events prompted my decision, chiefly the launch of the American Orthodox Institute. AOI will have its own blog, administered by John Couretas, the Executive Director of AOI, where I will be an occasional contributer. The AOI blog will be moderated with the goal of discussing in greater detail and depth the Orthodox response to cultural issues and other items. I am simply not able to maintain this blog with the new projects.

But don’t despair! The blog isn’t going away, it’s just under new management. Chris Banescu, webmaster of OrthodoxNet.com, lawyer, university professor, business owner, and all around good guy whom many of you already know, is taking over the helm. He is the man in charge. We’ve already redesigned the blog to match the upcoming redesign of his popular site. Things will work just as they did before, but I am sure that Chris will put his own stamp on things as time goes along.

OrthodoxyToday.org will undergo a few changes as well. In addition to spinning off the blog, I plan to return the site to its original focus of social commentary informed by morally clear analysis, and spin off the Orthodox authors section into a separate website. I think the authors section has great potential for growth. Hopefully this can be done in the next few weeks.

Usually when I resign a project, I resign it completely. I was involved in starting the Orthodox-Forum internet discussion list when these lists were just in their infancy. It took off, but once it got established I left to start OrthodoxyToday.org. Well, that took off too, and now I am working on AOI. I will check in from time to time but you won’t see me contributing much.

For you techies, OrthodoxNet.com Blog hosting will remain where it is. That’s why you see a blog title and url mismatch. Apart from the hosting however, this blog is now Chris’ baby.

Let the debates continue!

Comments

  1. Best of luck in your new endeavors!

  2. Jim Holman says:

    Fr. Hans, best wishes on the new endeavor. It will be interesting to see what develops.

    Going forward, how should the new administrator be addressed — Chris, Banescu, Chris B., Mr. Banescu?

  3. Thanks James and Jim.

    Jim, you could address him as Supreme Moderator, but he would probably prefer Chris.

  4. Fr. Hans, Your input, wisdom and insights will be dearly missed. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me in continuing to nurture and grow your OT blog. I’m absolutely certain we will be borrowing many of your comments, arguments, and quotes from your AOI articles to support our discussions in this blog. AOI is indeed a much needed light into our world and a source of wisdom and support that the Orthodox world and America desperately needs. I will be recharging my spiritual oxygen tanks there quite often.

  5. Happy trails Fr. Jacobse,

    I started lurking here a year ago after following a link on the Orthodox response to war and self defense; I’ve been reading here ever since. Best wishes at AOI and who knows, I may pop up over there too.

    CP

  6. From a Lutheran, with great respect … many years, Father!

  7. Dean Scourtes says:

    Thank you for all your hard work, Father. I have learned a lot as a participant on this blog, about both my faith and many important social and political issues. As the nation faces more challenging times ahead we will need the values our faith provides more than ever to orient us. You have provided an invaluable demonstration on how we apply those to the important issues of our day.

  8. Michael Bauman says:

    Dean, our faith does not “provide values” because it is not a moralistic philosophy. What our faith offers is the chance, indeed the promise of transformation and transfiguration through our encounter with the Incarnate God. We only have to be obediant and live the life the Church teaches. Our faith calls us to battle against wickedness in ourselves first. The Churches “values” are simply the call to the Cross, to follow Him who has saved us.

    Fr. Alexander Schemann in “For the Life of the World” said that the Church is not here to help. She is here to save.

    The Church is not about improving things so people can be happy. That’s positivist nonesense. The Church is about metanoia.

  9. J R Dittbrenner says:

    Dear Fr. Jacobse,
    I pray that your work will take you where you want to go, Quo Vovadis
    Domine.
    Sincerel yours,
    J R Dittbrenner

  10. Michael writes: “Fr. Alexander Schemann in “For the Life of the World” said that the Church is not here to help. She is here to save. The Church is not about improving things so people can be happy. That’s positivist nonesense. The Church is about metanoia.”

    That does beg the question: why would anyone want this? This is where that “witness” thing comes in. Based on the attitude and the comments of a few of the Orthodox gatekeepers here, I’m not sure all that many outsiders are going to find Orthodoxy all that appealing.

    Again, why desire metanoia? Maybe it’s not about “being happy” in this life, but it is about being happy in the next life, right? It’s the Gates of Heaven or the Fires of Hell … take your pick. Now, if you rejected the whole concept of the pleasures of Paradise and still insisted on ethics and morality, now that would truly be something! ;-)