During the 18th to 19th centuries, a drama unique to the history of Christian missions occurred on Kodiak Island and in the Yukon Delta, in Alaska. There, Orthodox priests and lay people from Russia evangelized the Aleutian people by correlating traditional Orthodox Christian doctrine with the pre-Christian beliefs and customs of the Alaska natives. A collection of documents illustrating the spirituality and methodology of the Alaskan Orthodox missionaries comprises this volume, which contains many works never before published in English. Included among the many selections are: letters of the Monk Herman (St. Herman) to Simeon Yanovskii; Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven, by Bishop Innocent [Veniaminov] (St. Innocent); the diary of Aleut priest Iakov Netsvetov at Atka; and the Valaam Monastery s 1894 Report from Kodiak.
St. Matthew wrote that every scribe instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old (13:52). In Alaskan Missionary Spirituality, Fr. Michael Oleksa has assembled a treasury of primary documents from 1794 well into the twentieth century. First published in 1987, Alaskan Missionary Spirituality sold out rapidly and has been out of print for two decades. We thank SVS Press for again bringing out these treasured things, new and old. –Dr. Richard Dauenhaue: Former Poet Laureate of Alaska, Distinguished Professor of Alaska Native Languages and Cultures, University of Alaska Southeast
About the Author
THE EDITOR Archpriest Michael J. Oleksa came to Alaska in 1970 at the invitation of the Alutiiq village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. He has served as an Orthodox priest in over a dozen native villages, and held positions as a university professor, a seminary administrator, and the Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska. In 1988 he completed his doctoral degree at the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Presov, Slovakia, with an emphasis in Native Alaskan History during the Alaska-Russian period (1741 1867). He is recognized as an Elder by the Alaska Federation of Natives, a Distinguished Public Servant by the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska, and has been honored by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Governors Association. He has also written Orthodox Alaska, published by St Vladimir s Seminary Press.
- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr; 2 edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881413402
- ISBN-13: 978-0881413403
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds