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    I write and speak on all sorts of topics: ancient Christian spirituality and the Eastern Orthodox faith, the Jesus Prayer, marriage and family, the pro-life cause, cultural issues, and more. You can contact Cynthia Damaskos of the Orthodox Speakers Bureau if you’d like to bring me to an event. This Calendar will let you know when I’m in your neighborhood.

 

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Monday
Jun152015

Bringing It Home

Yesterday I received an email from a priest in Australia, who said he is reading my new book, Welcome to the Orthodox Church. He likes it, but notes that it is aimed at people already familiar with Christianity. In his case, he said, he dealing with two generations of nonbelievers.

He said something next that I’m not sure I agree with. He said that he thinks in the future we will need to be like John Wesley, who went out directly to the people, preaching in towns and fields to preach.  But, he said, we’ll need to reach them in different ways, through the internet or mass media.

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Friday
Jun122015

Welcome - Discussion Questions

Part One: Inside the Temple Exploring the empty church

 

1  “Enter His Gates”        3  In the narthex, the church’s lobby or foyer

 

1. Icons are images of our Lord, and of our fellow-believers who are now with him. We keep these images near us wherever we pray, because they help us feel a connection to the people they depict. Do you have a photo of a loved one that affects you that way?

 

2.  Iconography requires each artist’s unique skill and talents, yet the artist does not seek self-expression, and sticks to the traditional ways icons show people and events. How does this differ from our expectation of what “art” is like? Might such restrictions make icons more useful to the community?

 

3. St. Athanasius, like early Christians generally, expected that making the sign of the Cross would have immediate, sometimes visible, practical effects. Are those effects still possible today?

 

4. C.S. Lewis noted that, in Orthodox worship, “no one takes the slightest notice of what anyone else is doing.” But is there a good side to monitoring and evaluating how others are behaving? Does it help us be more aware that we are worshipping as a community?

 

2  “The House of God”    11   In the nave, the congregation’s worship space

 

1. Have you visited a church, in the US or abroad, that was built in the cross-in-square design? Does that form of a worship space have any particular effect on a visitor? On the “feel” of worship?

 

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Friday
Jun122015

Welcome to Orthodoxy - Outline

Part One: Inside the Temple Exploring the empty church

 

1  “Enter His Gates”        3  In the narthex, the church’s lobby or foyer

 

            An arriving worshipper takes a candle and venerates an icon     4

            Introduction to icons     4-7

            Making the sign of the Cross     8-10

            CS Lewis: Worshippers don’t monitor others’ behavior     9

 

2  “The House of God”    11   In the nave, the congregation’s worship space

 

            Traditional church architecture, the basilica, adding a central dome     12-14

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Saturday
Jun062015

Open Question: Tithing

Q.  Is it robbing God to tithe on your after-tax (not gross) income?

A.  My husband and I were in seminary and still newly-Christian when a friend told us about tithing. She stressed the importance of giving the full 10% before taxes, before anything else, so that we would be giving God the “first fruits” of our labor. We recoiled at the thought of such an unexpected expense, but she said that, in her experience, it had given God room to work miracles in her life; once she and her husband had put their last dollar in the plate, only to have the pastor turn around and give them the whole collection.

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Saturday
May232015

Tomorrowland

“When I was a kid, the future was different.” So says George Clooney at the beginning of “Tomorrowland,” looking directly into the camera. Before you can wonder what he means, you see it: the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where everything is shiny, sunny, and rocket-shaped. Clooney’s character, young Frank Walker, has arrived with his homemade jetpack (powered by twin Electrolux canister vacuums), and waits in line for an expert’s evaluation. But the jetpack suffers from the technical flaw of not, actually, working. The sour evaluator, Nix (Hugh Laurie), sends Frank off with a discouraging word.

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Monday
Apr272015

Summary - List Version

Books

If you would like to include a book signing, please contact the publishers at the 800 numbers below, and say that the order is “in conjunction with an author visit.” You will get a discount, and can set whatever price you like, and can return unsold books for a refund. You keep all profits. Please have someone sit at the table with me to handle payments.

 

Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

(Paraclete Press, 2015; 800-451-5006)

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Monday
Apr272015

Summary - Text Version

[Event hosts often draw from this when preparing an introduction for a speaking event.]

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), on Morning Edition and All Things Considered,

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Monday
Apr272015

Complete Vita - Essays

2015

“Tithing” appeared in

            Christianity Today, June 2015

 2014

“The Public Atheists Refute an Imaginary God” appeared on

            Frederica.com, Jan 28, 2014

“Miraculous Flowers” appeared on

            Frederica.com, Jan 29, 2014

“Grand Budapest Hotel” appeared on

            National Review Online, Feb 2014

 

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Monday
Apr272015

Complete Vita - Books

Books

Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

(Paraclete Press, 2015; 800-451-5006)

 

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God

(Paraclete Press, 2009; 800-451-5006)

In England, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2010

 

The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts

(Paraclete Press, 2007; 800-451-5006)         

 

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Monday
Apr272015

Complete Vita - Speaking and Media

Speaking Events

2015

Ctr for Byzantine Material Arts retreat, Leesburg, VA, Jan 23-24, 2015

Classroom Skype talk, Messiah College, Jan 26, 2015

Linthicum Methodist Church, Linthicum MD, April 14, 2015

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