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.

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

Reaching Out to Every Tom, Dick, and Muhammad

Mission, like charity, begins at home. Christ calls us to share the saving Good News with all creation, starting with the creation next door and down the…

Aug 04, 2015

Finding Strength at Camp

​This year, I went to camp for the first time. Knowing I was going to be in a cabin with girls my age and a little older made me a bit nervous, especially…

Aug 03, 2015

Of the Making of Many Books

I’m that grownup. The one who gives the same gift for every occasion: A book. A baptism? Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, or The Going to Bed Book…

Aug 03, 2015

Change Your Life: Go to Camp!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived for my first time at the Diakonia Center in rural South Carolina. I had heard from friends…

Aug 03, 2015

Orthodox Fundamentalism

One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were…

Aug 03, 2015

What Would You Do?

Imagine you are driving down the highway and money starts floating across your windshield. First,​ it’s a five-dollar bill, then a ten, maybe…

Jul 31, 2015

The Green Patriarch (Documentary)

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew insists that we must take care of the environment, an insistence that has earned him the title, “The…

Jul 30, 2015

Making a Stand

Have you heard of the Japanese Orthodox Christian who saved the lives of thousands of Jews? Chiune Sugihara, baptized as Pavlo Sergeivich, wrote thousands…

Jul 29, 2015

Appalachian Orthodox Paschal Hymn

Father Justin Patterson of the OCA uploaded the video above. It is the Paschal troparion sung to Appalachian harmonies, but conforming to tonal rules of…

Jul 27, 2015