A Theology of Beauty

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Eileen McGuckin is a professional iconographer with a studio in New York City. Trained in fine art at St. Maryís College, Newcastle University, England, she spent many years in educational work in the UK. She began icon-painting in 1979 and received the Orthodox Churchís blessing from Archbishop Serafim of the Holy Synod of the Church of Romania for her vocation as a recognized icon-painter. She has executed commissions over the last twenty years in England and throughout the United States.

John Anthony McGuckin is Professor of Early Christian History at Union Theological Seminary, an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia University, and an orthodox priest serving in Manhattan. Author of eleven books of historical theology, he has also published over sixty articles in international journals. His latest books, both issued in 2001, are: St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography (SVS), and Sages Standing in Godís Holy Fire: The Spiritual Tradition of Byzantium (Orbis). In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain.


Ralph Peterson, ARC Fellow, has long been associated with ARC through his 14-year pastorate at St. Peterís Lutheran Church with its work in theatre, jazz ministry, and the chapel designed by Louise Nevelson, ARC Fellow. A lecturer in liturgics at New York Theological Seminary, he spent a month last summer in Romania visiting ancient monasteries and churches.

Robert Rambusch, ARC Fellow and Director, has devoted his professional career to the relationship of the arts and liturgy in architecture and furnishings. His education was at the University of Toronto and the Centre de LíArt Sacre in Paris.

Serge Schmemann is United Nations Bureau Chief for the New York Times, Pulitzer-Prize-winning foreign desk writer, and former chief of Jerusalem and Moscow bureaus. He recently edited the journals of his father, Alexander Schmemann (St. Vladimirís Seminary Press). Father Alexander Schmemann was one of the founders of ARC.

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The icon at the top of this page: The Mandylion, by Eileen McGuckin. 
(The Image of Christís Face Acheiropoieton Ė Not made by Human Hand).