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.

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”  Brené Brown, in her TED talk (now viewed by millions) and in her various New York Times Bestselling books, is…

Jun 11, 2015

Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Jesus Prayer is deeply ingrained in the Orthodox Tradition. It is short prayer imbued with…

Jun 11, 2015

“To a New Beauty”: Talking About Sexual Transitions in the Church

Though we scarcely mention them in public discourse, we Christians have a language for talking about sexual transitions quite apart from popular culture….

Jun 11, 2015

To Pray in Jesus’ Name

For all who seek the fullness of life in Christ, ancient Christian faith is deeply satisfying. Rather than justifying one’s self as she is, prayer…

Jun 08, 2015

Showing Up

It’s hard to ask for help. It gets harder the more you need it. Recently, I really needed some help and – with the prodding from others –…

Jun 08, 2015

Do you know who can?

Yesterday, I met with a friend who is worlds ahead of me spiritually. I shared at length with her about a chronic problem I’m struggling with. At…

Jun 08, 2015

We are the Branches: Stewardship

When I was growing up, my father and mother were very involved in our church. My father was on parish council, my mother was in Philoptochos. My sisters…

Jun 05, 2015

Women Saints

The following article was first delivered in person at the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in Florida. The speakers were asked to respond to the…

Jun 04, 2015

Share Your Feedback on Our Live Bible Study

This last year, Fr. Athanasios Haros led a Bible study at his Parish entitled The Church of the Holy Apostles. We featured the live streamed broadcast…

Jun 04, 2015

If I Should Descend to Hades

Humanity has always searched and strived to avoid discomfort, pain, sorrow, and boredom.  However, we in the 21st century have perfected this avoidance. …

Jun 02, 2015

Good for the Gander

The recent sexual abuse scandals in Christian Protestant circles, and the “purity” subculture from which the scandal originates, have the internet…

Jun 02, 2015

Precious in the Sight of the Lord

My eight-year-old son and his best friend debated whether God chooses “us” or we choose Him. My son was adamant with a simple yet meaningful point:…

Jun 01, 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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