A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Diocese of Western America

Diocesan Hierarch:
His Grace Bishop Dr. +MAXIM

Residence:
2541 Crestline Terrace
Alhambra, CA 91803

Office - 626-289-9061
Residence - 626-284-6825
Fax - 626-284-1484

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Website: www.westsrbdio.org
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Episcopal Deputy:
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic
3335 Mary Lane
Escondido, CA 92025
760-489-5024

Episcopal Secretary:
Rev. Jovan Babic

DIOCESAN ECCLESIASTICAL COURT:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Petar Jovanovic, Secretary
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic, Member
V. Rev. Stavrophor Bozidar Draskovic, Member
V. Rev. Janko Trbovic, Alternate

DIOCESAN COUNCIL:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic
V. Rev. Stavrophor Janko Trbovic
V. Rev. Stavrophor Petar Jovanovic
V. Rev. Nikola Ceko
Rev. Stephen Tumbas
V. Rev. Bratislav Krsic, Alternate
V. Rev. Milan Vukovic, Alternate
Ronald Radakovich, Vice President
Obren Gerich, Treasurer
Mimo Papich
Dr. Debra Tasic
Wayne Papac
Ilija Cvetich
Donald Kral, Alternate
Dennis Djajich, Alternate
Michael Jankovich, Diocesan Counselor

DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovich
V. Rev. Nikola Ceko
Ronald Radakovich
Obren Gerich
Wayne Papac

AUDIT BOARD:

Milan Cheyovich
Vojin Hadzi-Pavlovich
Jelena Vukmanovic

EPISCOPAL DEANS:

Los Angeles Deanery: V. Rev. Stavrophor Bozidar Draskovic
Jackson Deanery: V. Rev. Dane Popovich
Butte Deanery: V. Rev. Bratislav Krsic

 

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Charles Simic

Charles Simic (born May 9th, 1938) is an American poet. He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Republic of Serbia), his childhood was very traumatic, as in the WWII Nazi and Allied bombers ravaged his homeland. Simic emigrated to the USA in 1953 to rejoin his father, who was living in New York City. They moved to Chicago shortly after his arrival. Simic first started to write poetry in high school, when he realized "that one of my friends was attracting the best-looking girls by writing them sappy love poems".

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0