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.

Navigating the Stress of Christmas

“Never again!”   Two words I think of often this time of year.   Never again!  Forget the mall. I am shopping for Christmas gifts online…

Dec 19, 2015

The Nativity: An Icon of the Christian Family

  Everyone’s favorite time of the year is the period before Christmas, when the air is filled with joy, peace and expectation. We are blessed to…

Dec 19, 2015

What to Give to the One who Made Everything?

    So here is a twist on the usual question:  what do you get for that someone who *made* everything?  I confess to you, dear reader,  that…

Dec 18, 2015

Mary, Did You Know?

  There are hundreds of Christmas songs and hymns.   They come in all different shapes and sizes and they range from fun to reverence.  You may…

Dec 18, 2015

Remembering Those in Prison

    Do you have your list ready?  Which one?  Perhaps you have a list of things to pack, things to gift, things to bake or things to clean. …

Dec 15, 2015

Yes Melanie, There Is a Santa Claus

  As a child I remember him – the warm, benevolent visitor who magically ate our Christmas cookies and left behind a slew of beautiful presents…

Dec 14, 2015

May the Phos Be With You #3: Luke Skywalker

    No discussion of Star Wars is complete without a look at Luke Skywalker, the young boy from Tatooine who finds himself at the center of a…

Dec 14, 2015

Calculating Christmas

  It is said that the date December 25th was of significance even for the Roman Christians of the third century, and it very well could have been…

Dec 14, 2015

Uninvited Preachers Make Brazen Entrance 

  Earlier today I came across a video about a group of former Muslim men who converted to an Evangelical Christian group.  They call themselves Koosha…

Dec 10, 2015

Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker

Saint Nicholas is the beloved and gentle face of Christmas for many people. This saint was born in the province of Lycia in the city of Patara which is…

Dec 08, 2015

Ecumenism

  “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Some of my favorite lines are from The Princess Bride. …

Dec 08, 2015

Greek Lives in Crisis

  I have always wondered about the human limits of endurance during hardship so, ironically speaking of course, I am getting the chance to find out……

Dec 03, 2015