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.

WATCH: Mount Athos “60 Minutes” Documentary

“60 Minutes” is a popular, long-form news show on American television. In 2011, the show’s producers were given a very rare opportunity…

Jul 03, 2014

Photos of the Largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe

Yesterday on the OCN Facebook page, one of my colleagues posted a couple of photos of the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland. The response from our…

Jul 03, 2014

Lifestyle Magazine: Addis Ababa Most Vegetarian Friendly Capital in Africa

We Orthodox become “vegetarian” at regular intervals all year long, so it might not be surprising that Addis Ababa in Ethiopia was just named…

Jul 03, 2014

A Holy Nation

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out…

Jul 03, 2014

Four Paintings By Russian Orthodox Artist, Dmitry Petrov

Dmitry Petrov is a young artist in Moscow who paints in a realist style. Not to be confused with the American artist of the same name who died in 1986,…

Jul 03, 2014

Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco

An OCN staff member discovered a wonderful article (with photographs!) about Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco on the website of a church in Kennewick,…

Jul 02, 2014

The Implications of Christians Forcing Christianity on Others

On the surface of the recent decision by the Supreme Court, it may seem SCOTUS has decided that when it comes to birth control, this is something that…

Jul 02, 2014

Liberty and Technocracy: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and an Orthodox Fourth of July

July 4 on the Old Calendar would mark the feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, the last Orthodox emperor and his family, slain on the Fourth of July….

Jul 02, 2014

Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly

The rapid growth of the early Christian church is a source of perennial fascination. As Rodney Stark, a sociologist of religion who has written extensively…

Jul 02, 2014

The Church at the Bottom of the World

A recent article by David Coleman is bringing some attention to one of the few places you can celebrate the Orthodox Divine Liturgy surrounded by penguins….

Jul 02, 2014

The Present Moment

I sit in a room with seven babies who require intense attention, one of whom is my son. At times, this feels like a very long family car trip because there…

Jul 02, 2014

Our Pinterest Project Received a Thumbs Up from a Homeless Woman

I often refer to my Pinterest boards as my idea bank where I make frequent deposits to a board and enjoy withdrawing ideas as often as possible. Recently,…

Jul 01, 2014
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