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Hosios Loukas

After three glorious days in Athens, we set our sights north for a day of travel– first to Hosios Loukas, and the ruins of Delphi.  After a scenic mountain drive, we spent the morning visiting with the monks who tend the centuries-old monastery, learning the […]

Thessaloniki

 After two long, full days of bus travel, our group was grateful to have a bit of down time in the seaside city of Thessaloniki.  A bustling ancient port, and the second-largest city in modern Greece, it was the perfect place to relax at the […]

Istanbul | Whirling Dervish

During our second evening in Istanbul, we were treated to a private concert of Turkish music and a traditional  Sema “whirling ceremony”  by Hakan Talu and his Sufi musicians.  Seated in the round at the Galata Mevlivihane in Istanbul, we were mesmerized by the music, ritual, […]

Istanbul | Ecumenical Patriarch

One of our most humbling and reverent mornings in Istantul happened because  Father Stefanos was kind enough to arrange an audience with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the highest see of the worldwide Orthodox Church.  We arrived at the Patriarchate, and were escorted to the […]

Essay | Reaching Heavenward

By Benjamin Straley, MM ’10, MDiv ’12.  I remember the opening banquet of my first year at the ISM, in the fall of 2008.  Martin Jean read the following passage from Augustine’s Confessions: But when I love you, what do I love?  It is not physical beauty […]