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.

Fragmentation, Unity, and the Holy Spirit

 This is a revised version of a talk given at a clergy retreat sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (February 11, 2015). I am thankful…

May 28, 2015

The Samaritan Woman, The Acts of the Holy Apostles, The Holy Ascension, Pentecost, and the Pew Report

Just a few Sundays ago, we read the account of the Samaritan Woman, that marvelous encounter with Jesus, at the same hour as his crucifixion, the 6th hour. …

May 26, 2015

Re-Aligning the Wheels of Prayer: Body-to-Spirit

In “How Should I Pray,” it is suggested to begin praying by “focusing your consciousness in your heart and forcibly gathering there all powers of…

May 26, 2015

Put Your Hope in God, for I Will yet Praise Him

Nearly twenty-five years ago, on the cusp of my graduation from college, I had a nervous breakdown. My longstanding identity as a student was being stripped…

May 26, 2015

Cast Your Net

I love how Jesus uses simple things to teach His lessons. After His Resurrection, the disciples were at the Sea of Tiberias. Simon Peter said he was going…

May 22, 2015

FOCUS Pittsburgh Community Trauma Initiative

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” -Dorothy Day As I drive…

May 22, 2015

Theotokos

I wasn’t raised to kiss or venerate icons. My spiritual leaders told me it was an archaic form of idolatry. So I sought the attributes of divinity in…

May 21, 2015

The Future of the Ancient Faith

The future of the ancient Christian Church depends on three things. First, that people experience the mystery of a sacramental life in Christ—that they…

May 18, 2015

Simply Surrender

I’ve never been great at taking it easy, slowing down, if you will. A true type A personality, I feel compelled to go, go, and go some more—whether…

May 18, 2015

From Hearsay to Social Media – A Tale of Rumor Spreading

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates There is a story that circulates in Christian…

May 18, 2015

Jesus Hung Out with the Undesirables

A few years ago, I began to read the Orthodox Bible lesson on a daily basis. Over time, I realized how Jesus consistently chose the adulterous, physically…

May 15, 2015

Bestowing Life

“O Son of God, do a miracle for me and change my heart. Thy having taken flesh to redeem me was more difficult than to transform my wickedness.” (Irish,…

May 12, 2015

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT!

Across the world, Christians are suffering for their faith. Attacked by ISIS and harangued by extremism, Christianity is in danger of being eradicated in the lands of its birth. Yet very few people in the West seem to care — or even know!

That’s why we at OCN believe it’s time to speak out. We’ve covered this issue for a long time, but want to dedicate even more resources to raising awareness and spurring action, using our massive social media following. We reach MILLIONS of people per week, and it’s time for collective action.

Please support this effort by giving to our “10 cent per day” campaign. 100% of your gift will go directly to expanding this ministry, 0% to overhead. Together, we can and will make a difference!

— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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