Father John Oliver is the priest of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Ancient Faith Publishing, and Giver of Life: the Holy Spirit in Orthodox Tradition, published by Paraclete Press. Father John also broadcasts the popular Hearts and Minds podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. A summa cum laude graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History. He and his wife Lara have three daughters and two sons.
In our time together, he will offer five talks on the subject of bringing our interior life – its thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, images – under the control of Christ. Since most human behavior is driven not by higher faculties such as intellect or reason, but by the heart- the true internal state of a person, a state often damaged or neglected – a reflection on discovering, accepting, and purifying inner life within the Holy Church may be useful. Internal cleansing and healing is the aim here.