The Sounding

“The Sounding” was named for the nautical practice of measuring the depth of water with a sounding line, a rope with a weight attached to it and units of measure marked off along the line. The rope was lowered over the side of a ship, born down into the water by the weight, and when the weight came to rest, the measurement was taken by the markings on the rope. The purpose of “The Sounding” is to probe the heights and depths of our human experience and take their measure. Our mission is to support the well-being of our readers by providing well-written, positive, and thought-provoking Orthodox content and fostering discussion of its application to life.

Not Just A Photo Op

This week, I leave once again to join the Patriarchal Support team that will assist with the commentary for the historic visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical…

Nov 25, 2014

“That They Might Be One” Part 1: Unity in Faith, Diversity in Expression

Few concepts are more universally controversial in the Christian world today than ecumenism. The word can conjure up all sorts of different ideas for different…

Nov 25, 2014

Life Lived Simply

When it comes to life simply lived, no one does it better than the monks and nuns of the Orthodox Church. Committing themselves to a life of prayer, askesis…

Nov 25, 2014

On Sabbath Time

Much of life today can involve a persistent feeling of being busy. We have full schedules, personal and professional commitments, and to-do lists of all…

Nov 25, 2014

Mindfulness and Simplicity

Life is a series of one moment after another. If we want to really experience life, instead of it passing us by, we need to be cognizant of our experiences…

Nov 25, 2014

The Feast of the Entrance and the Protoevangelium of James

Much of the hymnography adorning our Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple causes the raising of eyebrows—talk about Mary being escorted…

Nov 24, 2014

Paper Plates

For years, my mother pleaded with me to use paper plates during stressful times in my life. “Annie, why are you staying up to wash dishes after you get…

Nov 24, 2014

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life…

Nov 21, 2014

Orthodoxy’s Thanksgiving

In the early Church, the primary word used to describe the celebration of the Mystery of Christ was Eὐχαριστία-Eucharist (thanksgiving). This…

Nov 21, 2014

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Our experience of living in North America today is very different than was the experience of living in Byzantium in the fifth century, or in Holy Russia…

Nov 21, 2014

Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church in the 21st Century

Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of online videos about Eastern Orthodoxy: documentaries, lectures, interviews, sermons, hymns, worship services,…

Nov 20, 2014

Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Above: “Richard Donner’s Krypton from Superman: The Movie, 1978.” “Man of Steel” was released to huge box office last year,…

Nov 19, 2014
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