I just wanted to give you a few brief updates on some of the major projects we are working on. First on the list is AFR 5.0. As mentioned previously, we have hired an individual to tag and categorize all of our podcast episodes. I am pleased to report that our top twenty podcasts have already been completed in this regard, and we expect a huge chunk of the remaining podcasts to be finished by year's end. We are also beginning to see some of the elements of the new design, and they are fantastic. The new iteration of AFR looks as if it will be cleaner, more intuitive, and more attractive than our current site. It will also represent a more integrated approach to the various branches of Ancient Faith Ministries, offering the best in audio, video, writing, and publishing at a single location. We couldn't be more excited.
Our plan to broadcast live Divine Liturgies is also taking shape. Most of the equipment has been installed at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA) in Chicago, Illinois, and as soon as everyone involved has completed their summer trips and activities, we will be ready to calibrate this equipment and do a test run. Look for a special stream devoted to these broadcasts as early as this September.
Finally, the Ancient Faith Blogs are in the design process, and we have a number of top-notch bloggers committed to the project. Here is who we have lined up thus far:
Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy – Group blog, led by Fr. Andrew Damick
Roads from Emmaus – Fr. Andrew Damick
Glory to God for All Things – Fr. Stephen Freeman
The Morning Offering – Abbot Tryphon
Departing Horeb – Eric Jobe
Between Two Cities – Joel Miller
The Life of Faith – Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou
Close to Home – Molly Sabourin
On Behalf of All – Group blog, led by Gabe Martini
And here is a sample blog design. Each will have its own individualized theme while sharing a number of common characteristics. This is of course The Life of Faith by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou: