Which Image Would You Choose?

This week’s show features two Christian communities who are now minorities in Turkey’s religious makeup. While they are on the spiritual boundaries of the secular state of Turkey, they are finding new-found freedoms under a government headed by an Muslim prime minister.

For our companion website and our email newsletter, we need to choose a lead image. Which one would you pick?

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at Sumela MonasteryEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, conducts a service at the Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, northeastern Turkey on August 15, 2010. Orthodox Christians held a rare Mass at an ancient monastery in Turkey after the government allowed worship there once a year in a gradual loosening of restrictions on religious expression. (Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Orthodox Priests Prepare for Vigil at Sumela Monastery

Orthodox priests get ready for the Virgin Mary service at the ancient Sumela Monastery in the Black Sea coastal province of Trabzon, northeastern Turkey, on August 15, 2010. Thousands of Orthodox pilgrims from Greece, Russia, and Georgia attended the Mass, which was led by Ecumenical Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I , the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, at Sumela Monastery for the first time since 1923. (Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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  3. carolineoakes answered: The first: Viewer is part of the service, sky/mountain implies boundary. Second one = love painting, but priest appears exasperated or bored.
  4. frontporchmornings answered: The second picture. it feels more accessible. The first is beautiful but it’s hard to know where you, the viewer, stand.
  5. emmauri answered: The second photo, definitely.
  6. mikeschultz answered: I think the top image illustrates the concept of boundary more clearly
  7. simplyorthodox answered: The second one!
  8. steveames answered: first one!
  9. angelpushpin answered: 1st one
  10. kha-yil answered: Spiritual Boundaries in Modern Turkey
  11. nappinginthesun answered: The second one with the painting on the ceiling, for sure.
  12. live-love-huzzah answered: the 2nd one
  13. doggycatlady answered: i like the first pic- its so dramatic -beautiful
  14. eyesthebye answered: The top one.
  15. chloetqp answered: i like the first picture!
  16. norwegian-forest-cat answered: bottom one, if i had to choose. but if i saw either, i’d take either one.
  17. puggilola answered: Sumela Monastery
  18. vitalsines answered: #2
  19. revsoncorp said: Oh that first one is lovely.
  20. mr-tomatohead answered: bottom one seems less menacing…?
  21. mentalrealmvagrant answered: the first one, good use of the open sky. feel like it speaks in tune with the title.
  22. lovingnaniya answered: Top image!
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