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.

Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

This article, and its follow-ups, are a version of a presentation that I gave in July 2015 at Doxacon Seattle, a science-fiction and fantasy convention…

Aug 19, 2015

Orthodox Monasteries: Living Examples of Humility

Teaching children the significance of their faith can be difficult.  I can speak of this after being one of those children.  We can all think back to…

Aug 18, 2015

St. Vincent’s Three Rules: Antiquity, Universality, Consensus

St. Vincent of Lerins lived in the fifth century in Gaul, and he, more than anyone, is the reason that I am an Orthodox Christian. When I was much younger…

Aug 18, 2015

Do You Hear God?

“Do you hear God?” That’s what I asked an old professor at the seminary.  He was a little different from the rest of the professors.  He had a…

Aug 18, 2015

Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it Time for Change?

College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  On a regular basis, young men and women on college campuses…

Aug 17, 2015

Our Faith is as Sweet as Honey

My husband and daughter are beekeepers. They have many hives they tend and are responsible for. Recently, they hosted a gathering and invited people to…

Aug 17, 2015

A Treasure to Hold

The daily lives of the saints are an important aspect of our faith.  They are an often untapped resource of support and inspiration.   Through their…

Aug 13, 2015

When My Baba Died

When My Baba Died, by Marjorie Kunch, helps children understand the activities during funeral and burial services. Written according to the Serbian/Slavic…

Aug 13, 2015

The Important Role of Godparents in the Life of Our Orthodox Babies

There is a scene from the original Super-Man movies where Jor-El, the father of Earth’s allegorical savior, says these final words before sending his…

Aug 10, 2015

The Two-Way Street

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.” “Sometimes you forgive people simply because you still want…

Aug 10, 2015

The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

Needless to say, I am not a woman who can speak with confidence about female matters in a convincing sort of way. I was raised to have the utmost respect…

Aug 08, 2015

The Dandelion Rebellion

I like dandelions. Dandelions are weeds, and I know that, but what is a weed, after all? A weed is something you didn’t plant and don’t want….

Aug 06, 2015