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.

Youth and Tradition

“Tradition” and “youth” aren’t words that generally go hand in hand. Before Pink Floyd’s iconic 1979 hit, “Another Brick in the Wall pt….

Jun 26, 2016

Being Well in the Ancient Faith

“I come to You, O Christ, blind from birth in my spiritual eyes, and call to You in repentance: ‘You are the most radiant Light of those in darkness’.”…

Jun 25, 2016

Building Musical Bridges: Part II

More than a year ago, I wrote a piece for The Sounding titled “Building Musical Bridges in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese”. In that article, I expressed…

Jun 23, 2016

Book Review: When God Made You

It’s both heartening and a source of pride that in a time when writers and editors are calling for more diverse books in children’s literature,…

Jun 21, 2016

There Is Order Even Among Equals

News agencies, both secular and religious, have picked up coverage of the Holy and Great Council. One of the recent articles, Orthodox ‘Great Council’…

Jun 20, 2016

Enabling a Loved One: A Christian Perspective

We all have one in our family. The loved one who drinks a little too much, gambles, or takes a few too many pain pills. These family members can be the…

Jun 19, 2016

A Love for the Ages

My inevitable physical end of life is not something upon which I dwell. I’d rather think of myself as being somewhere in my thirties despite the evidence…

Jun 19, 2016

Why Isn’t the Russian Orthodox Church Attending The Holy and Great Council?

 I thought you would all be interested to read this perspective as to why the Russian Orthodox Church has decided not to attend the Holy and Great Council…

Jun 15, 2016

The Intersection of Art and Faith

As a Christian and a creative individual, art takes on a different meaning. As opposed to a hobby or a means of self-expression, creativity is deeply rooted…

Jun 14, 2016

A Holy Space in the Home

Recently, we had some couples over for dinner. It was bitterly cold out, so I had them put their bulky coats and purses on my bed. My bedroom is, to me,…

Jun 12, 2016

Musings of a Grateful Convert– Things That Don’t Matter Anymore, Episode 2: Epistemological Consternations

In our second installment of this series, I am addressing a topic that is near and dear to certain of us Western-Civilization-dwellers who are given to…

Jun 08, 2016

Child Versus Gorilla – Living Together with the Animal Kingdom

The recent child versus gorilla controversy has brought up an older moral question about the status of human life versus animal life. When one is faced…

Jun 06, 2016