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    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    11:47 am
    Concerning Status of this site Alexandermen
    Two notes on the use of this Journal ,or site if you will, Alexandermen.

    1)First, for the most part our materials are now available on the fine website developed by Mark A Hershberger. and for the moment, and indeed
    for the last couple of years, we are not adding new materials here.

    2)we are now storing the archives for TASTE AND SEE. a facebook based site
    which expresses that open and creative Eastern Orthodoxy which Father Men also
    showed to us. We hope that if you have not yet you will visit this site, and
    perhaps press 'like' to it and bookmark it.

    are archives of TAS are in two parts at present.
    of longer papers, or 'notes' at:

    and of other notable posts at:
    Thursday, August 20th, 2009
    11:34 am
    New Alexandermen Posting: BBC Program on Fr Men by Michael Bordeaux of Keston College
    We have posted a link to a program by BBC's World Service
    on Fr. Alexander Men with narration by Canon Michael
    Bordeaux longtime director of Keston College, monitor
    of religious freedom. Included is the BBC Gallery and

    In the necessary structure of this journal it is backdated
    and at position III-12.
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
    11:07 am
    New Alexandermen Posting: 2009 Alexander Men Conference in New York. Academic Conference Photographs
    As a further report on the August 8-9 2009 conference in
    honor of Alexander Men held in New York we have posted
    (backdated in accord with livejournal structure
    as usual) a set of photographs by Boris Pitel of the
    work of the August 8 academic conference. Go to:

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
    8:58 pm
    New Alexandermen Posting: 2009 Alexander Men Conference in New York. Evening of the Arts
    As a first report on the August 8-9 2009 conference in
    honor of Alexander Men held in New York we have posted
    (backdated in accord with livejournal structure
    as usual) a set of photographs by Boris Pitel
    Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    9:52 pm
    A Poem by Fr John McGuckin written in Moscow in
    November 2007

    Triptych for Father Men 

    as though stepping
    through a mist of time
    you sent me greetings,
    Alexander Vladimirovitch,
    long after your death
    in this time.
    They came by the winding
    of long journeys
    through many hands.Read more...Collapse )



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    Sunday, November 25th, 2007
    12:13 pm

    I. The first set of entries will be by writers concerning Father
    Alexander Men
    II second will be writings of his in English translation
    III. the third will be links and galleries,
    IV. The Fourth will be things
    that dont fit in the first three categories.
    If you are unfamiliar
    with livejournal do not be distracted by the dates, everything is
    backdated or forward dated to preserve the structure, so go by
    the sets I-IV and numbers within the sets I-1,I-2 etc



    This is an article published in 2005 in Moscow giving a general overview
    of the work of Fr Alexander Men. The author Irina Yazikova is an

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    12:11 pm
     For the Jews like a Jew, for the Greeks like a Greek: the Parish of Novaja
    Derevnja in the 1970s
    Olga Bukhina

    My talk about Father Alexander Men is neither theological or ecclesiological,
    nor any kind of “logical.” Nevertheless, I will start with the passage from the
    Scripture. It is from the First Letter to the Corinthians, and it defines a
    topic of my talk. “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those
    under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the
    law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became
    like one not having the law…, so as to win those not having the law… I have
    become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I
    do all this for the sake of the gospel...” (1 Corinthians 9, 20-23).Read more...Collapse )
    12:10 pm
    I-3 John Erickson "Reflections on Fr. Alexander Men."
    This is the paper read by Dean John H Erickson of St Vladimir's
    Seminary at the Alexander Men Conference in Summer 2004 hosted
    by Nyack College's Manhatten campus.
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    12:09 pm
    I-4 Boris Rauschenbach on Fr Men

    This is an interview of Wallace Daniel of TCU with Russian
    physicist and space scientist Boris Rauschenbach concerning
    the work of Fr Alexander MenRead more...Collapse )

    12:08 pm
    I-5 Is Father Alexander Men' a Saint? Judith D Kornblatt

    This article from the Toronto Slavic Quarterly deals with the relations
    of intellectuals ,and Jews , and the Church and is from the point of view
    of someone outside the Church but is an interesting commentary.Read more...Collapse )

    12:07 pm
    I- 6 "An Evangelical in the Russian Orthodox Church" by Herb and Maureen Klassen

    Herb and Maureen Klassen are Mennonites who lived in Russia for a time
    and knew Fr Alexander and this is their appreciation from an
    Evangelical perspective and also that of friendship. Herb I remember
    saying "I am a Men Mennonite" Read more...Collapse )

    12:06 pm
    I-7 Assasination of Fr Men from Christian History Institute

    This is an article, September 2007, from the Christian History Institute
    focusing on the assasination of Fr Men in 1990. It does not seem to me to be especially
    well done but it can represent a certain reflection of and on the events from a
    of course well intentioned point of view.Read more...Collapse )

    12:05 pm
    I-8 Michael Plekon:"Alexander Men: A Modern Martyr, Free in the Faith, Open to the World "

    This , with thanks to Fr Michael Plekon is the chapter on Fr Men from his study of
    central Orthodox spiritual figures of the last century "Living Icons".
    Please click to the right here for this important  study.Read more...Collapse )

    11:19 am
    I-9 John McMahon Review," HOLY SWORD,HOLY FIRE", of "Christianity for the Twentyfirst Century."
    This is a review by John McMahon ,done for the magazine called
    First Hour which we did in the 1990s, of the anthology,ed.Roberts
    and Shukman," Christianity for the twentyfirst century."
    John was, he died in I think 1999, a classics master at the Harvey
    School and a man of letters indeed though not a writer, above
    all he was a man of,as I think, great spiritual depth and insight
    and some phrases in this review seem to me to be as fine as any
    evaluation I have seen of Fr Men's writing. At his sudden death
    he was gathering material for a book on Tomasao Campanella. In any
    case this review seems to me an excellent introduction to reading
    Father Men at the same time as it makes one wish, if one knew him,
    again for Johm McMahon's company, or if not for more of his
    writing, which we shall not now have. Read more...Collapse )
    11:17 am
    I-10 Maureen Klassen Paper at Drew. "Fr Men and John 17."
    This is a paper from the Alexander Men Summer Conference at
    Drew University in 1998 by Maureen Klassen. Separately we have
    Herb and Maureen's appreciation of Fr Men from an Evangelical
    this is the only paper from that fine conference that I now
    have so let this represent the whole.Read more...Collapse )
    11:15 am
    I-11 Dean Mackey Opens the Alexander Men Conference in New York 2004
    This from the Alexander Men Conference in New York 2004. We
    also posted the paper of Dean John Erickson of St Vladimir's
    Dean Mackey speaks as opening the conference and relates the
    vision of A.B.Simpson founder of the college to that of
    Fr Men.Read more...Collapse )
    10:59 am
    I-12 "On the Road to the Church" The Death of Fr Alexander. Yves Hamant +James Nicholls Photo.
    This is from Yves Hamant's biography "Alexander Men." I have
    added some photographs , including one taken by photographer
    James Nicholls of the site of the assasination with its simple
    marker and a slide from the Sergei Bezsmeertny
    filmstrip. Read more...Collapse )
    10:58 am
    I-13 Memoirs of Fr Alexander By Vladimir Fainberg
    Vladimir Fainberg 1930- is a novelist and poet who was a
    friend of Fr Alexanders during the last decade of his life.
    As he states in the bit of the memoir we give here (with the link
    to the whole) he had worked in a parapsychology laboratory and
    come into ocntact with something but he felt that he received
    illumination and understanding from Fr Men and so he
    has written a memoir, available online and in English
    of meetings with Fr Men. It is an important resource and for
    it, or rather a bit of it and link to the whole as the length
    is too much for a live journal entry please click here.Read more...Collapse )
    Vladimir Fainburg
    10:56 am
    I-14 Dr Albert Raboteau "Fr Men and Contemporary Culture."
    Dr Raboteau is former dean of faculty at Princeton University
    and professor of African American studies. This paper is from
    the Alexander Men Conference in New York 2004.Read more...Collapse )
    Dr Raboteau second from right. To his right John N Perkins
    psychologist from Princeton and to his left Olga Bukhina,
    two of the other speakers at the conference.
    Saturday, November 24th, 2007
    10:27 pm
    II. Writings of Father Men
    The next entries are writings by Fr Alexander Men


     This is Father Men's Lecture "Two Understandings of Christianity
    with its introductory note as taken from "Christianity for the Twentyfirst
    Century" ed. Roberts and Shukman.Read more...Collapse )
    11:40 am
    II-2 From Seven Talks on the Creed: First Talk "I Believe In One God."
    This is the first of seven talks on the creed. It is, like all of
    Fr Men's writing, far ranging in reference and in implication. Read more...Collapse )
    11:35 am
    11:34 am
    11:32 am
    11:30 am
    II-6 Seven Talks on the Creed. 5-The Holy Spirit:
    Here, reprinted with permission from "Tradition Alive" and
    before that translated by Colin Masica in a limited edition for
    Oakwood. As in all the talks Fr Men's reference and thought
    is very wide ranging. Read more...Collapse )
    11:28 am
    II-7 Seven Talks on the Creed 6 Baptism
    This is the sixth of the seven lectures of the book Niceo-Constantipolitan
    Creed(Symbol of Faith) and deals with the words on baptism. as with
    the previous it was printed in "Tradition Alive" Read more...Collapse )
    11:26 am
    II-8 Seven Lectures on the Creed 7 Resurrection
    This is the seventh of the lectures on the Creed.
    on the Resurrection and the life of the world to come.Read more...Collapse )
    10:07 am
    II-9 Four Sections from Son of Man

    Here are four selections from the
    Son of Man.(1)Neither male nor female (2) the old and the new
    (3)dealing with the personality of Jesus
    (4) with the Commandment to Love one another.

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    10:05 am
    II-10 Sermons "Victory over death." and on Eternal Life
    These are sermons given by Fr Alexander Men--the first seems to be
    an Easter sermon, simple but with some touches of interest, from a
    defunct website of Roman Pomarenko and then the second on
    the subject of eternal life. for which please
    click to the right here.Read more...Collapse )
    9:30 am
    II- 11 From "On Christ and the Church." "Becoming'--"the fundamental idea of Scripture."
    On Christ and the Church" is a little book, translated by Fr Alexis Vinogradov, in
    which are transcribed discussions with Fr Men which took place in private homes and,
    with prepared questions and
    conversation, were an important part of his ministry.
    I will put an excerpt here on "Becoming" as the most
    fundamental idea of the Biblical history.Read more...Collapse )
    9:25 am
    II-12 CREDO

     The Credo of Alexander Men is a selection of statements of belief taken from
    his writings and organized by theme, with the compiler having added 
    Scripture references. It is coherent and a remarkable statement of a faith
    which indeed can be received by Christians of many backgrounds and
    lands today

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    9:08 am
    II-13 Preparation for Confession
    This, passed on by Fr. Alexis Vinogradov, is an examination of
    conscience by Fr Alexander Men as preparation for receiving
    confession. I have been told by people who heard him that when
    it came time to speak privately they would say 'you have said
    everything Father, I have nothing left to say you have expressed
    my condition exactly.' Read more...Collapse )
    9:06 am
    II-14 "The Six Days of Creation"
    This lecture on Creation was given in a public hall in 1989 during
    that brief final period when Fr men was free to give public lectures.
    That there was still opposition is indicated by the brief disruption by
    loud speaker at the beginning which Fr Men deals with calmly and with
    humor. Read more...Collapse )
    9:01 am
    II-15 Necessity of Dialogue +"The Difficult Path to Dialogue: On Graham Greene's Monsignor Quixote"
    Two Items (1) a short discussion of the necessity of dialogue
    as a way of life and then opening that out
    (2) the article "The difficult Path to Dialogue."
    Fr Men had made a translation of Graham Greene's "The Power and the
    Glory" which he regarded as one, with Cronin's "Keys to the Kingdom"
    being the other, of two contemporary key images of the priesthood
    and in considering Monsignor Quixote he considers a portrayal of
    a priest but this time of dialogue ,with the character of the
    Mayor Sancho who is a communist, of Christianity and Marxism
    --and Marxism is pretty much gone now in the ashcan of history but--
    more broadly of the faith and all others in the world and the need
    for this dialogue for the world to endure. This is only a part,
    though a very substantial and representative part, but I hope to
    offer the whole as time permits. Read more...Collapse )
    9:00 am
    II-16 CHRISTIANITY-- Alexander Men's final lecture
    This lecture was given on the night of September 8 1990 the
    night before Fr Alexander's assassination. It was at the opening
    of the Alexander Men Open University and all in all it is a
    writing of extraordinary importance. The source
    is our own First hour and the translation of Steve Griffin.
    Read more...Collapse )
    8:58 am
    II-17 Radio Interview "Why Be A Christian?"
    This is an interview done with Anerican Evangelical broadcaster
    Mark Makorov, taken from the anthology "Christianity for the Twentyfirst Century"
    Read more...Collapse )
    8:50 am
    II-18 Christianity and the Arts
    This discussion of Christianity and art was translated by Steve Griffin
    and published by our First Hour in 1996.Read more...Collapse )
    8:48 am
    II-19 Sermon on Metropolitan Philip of Moscow . Translation Brigit Farley
    This is from the defunct website of Sam Brown who translated "Son of Man"
    It is a translation by Brigit Farley of the sermon on Metropolitan
    Philip of Moscow, whose righteous life in the time of Ivan the Terrible
    is an example which applies in all times when history is terrible
    which is to say of course all times until now.Read more...Collapse )
    Philip of Moscow.
    8:41 am
    II-20 Two Prayers
    Lord Jesus Christ!
    In this evening hour,in this city
    Where your blessing rests,
    amidst all sufferings and sins and troubles
    You,who suffered
    and assumed all the ills of mankind
    because you loved us,
    You ,who have come here,
    remain with us. Read more...Collapse )

    Prayer of Christ’s Disciples
    by Father Alexander Men’

    Jesus Christ, Son of God
    Who has revealed to us the heavenly Father, make of us your disciples.
    You promised to bestow peace upon our souls,
    but do not desire careless servants.
    Give us strength to stand on guard and to be alert,
    so that we may be faithful to you and to you alone.
    Teach us to do all things in your sight. Make us your children.
    Give us the strength to do your will and to keep your commandments.
    Teach us to do good. Guard us against the leaven of the Pharisees.
    Teach us to perceive that which is most important in life, the one thing needful.
    Help us to be delivered from sin, from slothfulness, from feebleness of spirit.
    May everything good and beautiful in the world remind us of you.
    May the evil of this world be a warning to us.
    May we see in sinners the reflection of our own sins.
    Teach us to look on those who think differently from us,
    who have different religious beliefs or no belief at all, as brothers.
    Let us remember how short life is,
    so that the thought of death may become for us
    an inspiration to industry and service.
    Grant us the ability to forgive, to love and to give.
    Teach us to live in prayer.
    Grant us even now to be communicants of your Kingdom.
    Teach us to hate sin, but not the sinner.
    Give us the strength to be your witnesses.
    Do not allow us to become vain, petty and barren.
    Be for us the Alpha and Omega in this life and in eternity.
    May we be your disciples.
    8:39 am
    II-20 The Christian Hope: Karabakh or Bethlehem?
    This was written at the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union and is
    a meditation on the deep human tendency to tribal conflict. Occasioned
    by the then current, in 1989, battle between Armenians and Azeris for
    the region of Karabakh it has of course more recent parallels up to
    today. Read more...Collapse )
    8:27 am
    II-21 Chaos and Logos
    This is an excerpt from "On Christ and the Church"
    the book of conversations in homes translated by
    Fr Alexis Vinogradov. pp 89-96Read more...Collapse )
    8:25 am
    II-22 Divine Worship as a Synthesis of the Arts
    This lecture was given in December of 1989. The
    translation ,published in First Hour in 1997, is by
    Steve Griffin Read more...Collapse )
    8:22 am
    II-23 "Nikolai Berdyaev"
    This is from a series of lectures on the Russian religious philosophers
    given in 1989. The translation is by Fr Stephen Janos and with permission.
    He also tells me that has completed that entire series of lectures by
    Fr Men which he hopes to have published as a book/
    His excellent website on Berdyaev is at:
    And here is Fr Alexander's discussionof Berdyaev.Read more...Collapse )
    8:18 am
    II-25 From Conversations Wtth Fr Alexander Men
    The following selections are taken from interviews and
    Question & Answer sessions with Fr Men during the last
    2 or 3 years of his life. Selected and translated by
    Steve Griffin from "Kultura i dukhovnoe voskhozhdenie
    (Moscow 1992)" Read more...Collapse )
    8:06 am
    II-26 Christianity:The Universal Vision
    This study of the place of Christianity within the whole range
    of human spirituality, gives some of the intellectual basis for
    his ecumenism and openness to all the forms of spirituality.
    It appeared under the title "On the problematics of the
    Axial Period.(on the dialogue between culture and religion)"
    posthumously in 1992. It is long and I am copying out so
    it will not be here completely for some time but will try to
    keep it going in. Elizabeth Roberts, who put the now out of
    print book together, notes that the more is available the
    better so have copied it out Read more...Collapse )
    Working in his office. Note picture of Vladimir Soloviev.
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
    2:38 pm
    III Alexander Men Links and Photographs
    The following entries will be links to related material and photographs etc


    Father Men began a volunteer work in support of the
    Russia Childrens' Hospital in Moscow which is the
    only one to offer kidney transplants and in general
    is for children with grave illness only some of
    whom recover.
    Fr Men was chaplain to the hospital and this work
    of spiritual support by chaplain and volunteers which
    he began continues.
    Click to the right for some pictures and links on
    this work. Read more...Collapse )
    Fr Men at the Childrens' hospital.
    12:03 pm
    III-2 Stills of Sergei Bezsmertny Slide Film+Free Download
    Here are stills of a slide film of Fr Men's life made by
    director Sergei Bezsmertny. There are as you see 15
    pages of pictures each available in a range of sizes


    For the free down load of the slidestrip whose stills we offered
    above go to
    and scroll down to English Version
    and you will find then at the very bottom English language instructions
    It works and the filmstrip is very powerful, well conceived and
    11:55 am
    III-3 Photo Gallery at Alexander Men Open University Site
    Here is a small photo gallery at the English version of
    the site of the Alexander Men Open University, which you
    may wish also to explore.
    11:16 am
    III-4 Memoirs of Alexander Men: Vladimir Zelinsky and Fr Alexander Borisov
    For these memories and impressions


    10:54 am
    III-5 Iconic portrayals of Fr Men
    Although Father Men has not yet been recognized formally as a
    saint by the Church, there is an old tradition of painting
    icons of those not yet canonized but remembered with love
    and a confident sense of their holiness by their spiritual
    children. Here are some examples of iconographic portrayal
    of Alexander Men Read more...Collapse )
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