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.

“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

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

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have exciting news! This week, the Orthodox Christian Network surpassed 500,000 Facebook fans, making our ministry the largest Orthodox Christian presence on the internet. Thank you! Because of your support;

  • – Our programs have a weekly reach of five million people on Facebook.
  • – 75% of our fans are under the age of 34.
  • – OCN is watched, read and listened to in 196 countries.

Please join us in celebrating this tremendous success by giving to the “10 Cent A Day” campaign. 100% of your gift will go directly to expanding this ministry, 0% to overhead. Help us continue our mission of comforting, inspiring and informing the next generation of Orthodox Christians, persecuted Christians and faith-seekers around the world.

On behalf of all of the Orthodox Christian Network, I thank you for 20 years of support for our beloved ministry.

— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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