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.

Position on Pornography

According to surveys, nearly one ­third of Orthodox Christian teens are unsure whether pornography is right or wrong.1 This is approximately the same…

Jan 14, 2015

A Meditation on MLK Jr, the Sanctity of Life, and Our Own Cowardice

The Lord God stands in the midst of the Divine Council and judges among the gods. ”How long will you rule unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?…

Jan 13, 2015

On Having a Prayer Corner at Home

With the beginning of another civil new year, we often re-commit to our spiritual lives. This may include a desire for a fuller personal prayer life that…

Jan 12, 2015

A One-Year Memorial and the Feast of Lights: Memory Eternal, Vasiliki Greanias Mena

January 6 marked the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. Right after Christmas, in the wake of the New Year, on Epiphany, one of the holiest…

Jan 12, 2015

Living Correctly in Outrageous Times

To say that we live in an increasingly violent world is true. And, yet, the USA itself has seen crime statistics continue to go down for the last several…

Jan 12, 2015

How Ecumenical Are You?

My guess is that nothing can stop Orthodox conversation and divide a room quite so fast as someone loudly asking the question, “How ecumenical are you?”…

Jan 09, 2015

Conversations with Abba Isaac: For the Health of Body and Soul

For the past week a disturbing phenomenon has been taking place.  The usually quiet and relatively uncrowded gym of which I am a member has been full…

Jan 09, 2015

Bringing Order out of Disorder: The Trials of a Housewife

The root for the Greek word “teleo,” meaning “perfect,” is “complete,” “finished.” In other words, for something to be truly perfect, it…

Jan 08, 2015

Христос се роди! Ваистину се Христос роди! Christ is Born! Indeed He is Born!

The above words are the first words that Serbian Orthodox Christians use to greet each other during the Old Calendar Christmas. But, before and after those…

Jan 08, 2015

BBC Features Santiago Calatrava’s Design for St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

The BBC just published a video and brief article about Santiago Calatrava’s design for the St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox church…

Jan 07, 2015

The New Medium: Advertising

When there are hundreds of different styles, sizes, and colors of blue jeans, it takes more than just “Buy our product, we are better!” to make it…

Jan 07, 2015

The Deacon Who Couldn’t Sing

He wasn’t a priest or a bishop or a hierarch or even a dedicated monastic. He was born to humble parents who may not have even been Christian. He was…

Jan 07, 2015

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