The Sounding Blog

“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.

Understanding and Living Our Orthodox Faith: Embracing Woundedness

“The more we become clear about our places of wounding, the more freedom we gain because we are no longer controlled by unconscious impulses.” (St….

May 26, 2017

In Christ, Our Bones Shall Live

In Ezekiel’s vision about the dead bones (Ezk 37: 1-14), God reveals to us how He thinks of us in contrast to how we think of ourselves. The way we look…

May 21, 2017

What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in the Orthodox Church. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all…

May 16, 2017

The Common Bond of Motherhood

An expectant mother holds her belly and feels her baby kick inside. A young woman wipes her child’s tears and kisses him afterwards. A grandmother…

May 14, 2017

Public Prayer: Light of Love

For Orthodox Christians, prayer is private, flowing out of the heart. Prayer is also public and culminates in the physical settings of our churches, homes,…

May 07, 2017

Orthodox Christian Professor Addresses Recent Criticism of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Our spiritual father, Fr. Demetri, has asked me to say something short today, a few helpful thoughts in the light of these criticisms of our Holy Orthodox…

May 03, 2017

After Pascha—What Happens Now?

Pascha has come and gone, and we might be tempted to adopt an attitude that allows us to drift back into habits and patterns best avoided. We normally…

May 01, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

God is everywhere, present in every place, and therefore that He is ever with me and within me, my heart expands; it is free, light, alive, and my mind…

Apr 25, 2017

Pascha and Doubt

Holy Week and Pascha present a real temptation to live one’s faith in a way that seeks to be externally perfect rather than beautiful for Christ….

Apr 23, 2017

Graduation – A Beginning of Something New

May is quickly approaching, and for many that means finishing up a college semester with projects and finals. For some of you, that may also mean college…

Apr 20, 2017

Pascha and the Transcendence of Time

We are creatures of linear time, always moving forward, only glancing back imperfectly at the past. We dream of traveling at will along our timeline. Whether…

Apr 17, 2017

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox,…

Apr 15, 2017