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.

Honor Thy Father

At a recent presentation by the Orthodox Christian Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was in the company of Metropolitan Savas and many Orthodox priests….

Jun 17, 2015

A Little History Lesson

Not long ago​,​the question about whether or not Orthodox Churches could accept homosexuality as a valid lifestyle came to the fore.  The year was…

Jun 16, 2015

From “Death and Illness, Our Saving Road”

The expression that a Christian is a vessel of the Holy Spirit makes it seem as though the body is passive, but the body might rather be seen as an activation…

Jun 16, 2015

Where Have All the Fathers Gone?

I seem to remember reading somewhere that at least one factor in the question of why young people join gangs was the absence of a father figure in their…

Jun 16, 2015

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”  Brené Brown, in her TED talk (now viewed by millions) and in her various New York Times Bestselling books, is…

Jun 11, 2015

Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Jesus Prayer is deeply ingrained in the Orthodox Tradition. It is short prayer imbued with…

Jun 11, 2015

“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