Volume 1 Number 2 Contributors

Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak is the editor of WONDER and the Director of the Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries of the Orthodox Church in America.

Father James Guirguis is the rector of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Utica, New York. He is a graduate of St Vladimir’s Seminary and a former Death Row Prison Guard.

Father Ted Bobosh is rector of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Dayton, Ohio. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America.

Ms. Jessie Kirchner is enrolled in a dual-degree program in law and social work at the University of Michigan, having previously completed her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary. She hopes to pursue a career in conflict resolution after graduation. She attends St. Catherine of Alexandria Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mr. Andrew Boyd is a student at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is also managing editor of WONDER.

We thank them all for their contribution.

One thought on “Volume 1 Number 2 Contributors

  1. Hieromonk Alexander (Lisenko)

    Well`, it’s about time there was an open discussian of this subject in a Church-related forum. For years, going back to before I was ordained, I’ve been troubled by the inconsistency of anyone railing against abortion from a religious (Orthodox or otherwise) point of view while ignoring or even condoning capital punishment. Of all the views expressed, Archbishop Seraphim’s is probably closest to mine, and I was especially heartened by Fr. Ted’s turnaround and by Fr. James’ critique of our legal system. But while the latter can certainly be used as an argument to convince those who have no ideological or theological opposition to capital punishment, my opposition to it would still remain even if we had a totally foolproof judicial system with no one being sentencnced unustly or erroneously, for it is based on two strictly theological points:
    1. Every person bears the image of Christ, no matter how distorted it may become. Whatever we do to “the least of these” we do to Christ, and this applies to the taking of another person’s life or condoning it.
    2. As the one who gives us life, God is the only one who can rightfully take it away from anyone. By allowing ourselves to do so, even if indirectly, we are taking on God’s function.

    Of course, these arguments could be (and have been) used to defend pacifism, but issues of a “just war” and participation in the military are a bit more complex and have already been discussed in an Orthodox context.

    I you very much like to see the other comments on the above articles.


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