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About Derek (Fedya)
I am Derek John Power, currently in the process of completing my undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. The main project that I am presently working and refining on is a thesis analyzing Arvo Pärt's rendition of the "Canon of Repentance to our Lord Jesus Christ" entitled ''Kanon Pokajanen.'' In addition to using music analysis, I also use Orthodox spirituality and theology to conclude that the music that Pärt composed does reflect repentance as the Orthodox Church understands it. I will graduate - God willing - on 15 May 2005.
I was born on 6 September 1982 in Great Falls, MT, USA and was raised in the United Methodist Church. Right before attending William and Mary, I had an interest in learning more about the Orthodox Church. On [[9 November]] 2002, I was received into the Orthodox Church - specifically at Ss. [[Constantine the Great|Constantine]] and [[Helen]] Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News, VA - on 9 November 2002 (hence the numbers in my username). My chrism name is Theodoros after St. [[Theodore the Studite]] and within the Church, I much prefer to be called Fedya (the Russian diminutive). I attend services primarily at Ss. Constantine and Helen, Newport News whilst in school and the [[Protection of the Holy Mother of God]] Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA whilst at home.
Aside from theology, I am very interested in music and film. My favorite academic subjects also include history and philosophy and I have also shown interest in art, economics, government, international affairs, literature, neurology, physics, poetry, politics and psychology.
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