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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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Friday
Nov132015

A Guide to Orthodox Baptism and Chrismation

The Rites of Baptism and Chrismation

 

Why are we facing the back of the church?

If you have been invited to attend a friend’s Baptism, you would expect to come into the church and face toward the altar. But the preliminary parts of an Orthodox Baptism take place at the back of the church (or in some cases, in the church’s entry hall, called a narthex). This is because, in the early centuries, Baptisms were performed outside the church; the new members of the congregation literally “entered” the church. Now the first part of the ceremony takes place at the back of the worship space, and then the baptismal party moves to the center of the room for the Baptism itself. Finally, they come to the front of the church for the Chrismation, the anointing service that completes church membership, and represents the bestowing of the Holy Spirit (it’s analogous to Confirmation in Western churches.)

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita - Awards Honors Positions

Total as of 9/21/2015:  10 books, 751 published essays, 568 speaking events, 702 media interviews

Repository of papers: Addlestone Library Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

 

Awards

Best American Spiritual Writing, 2007, Houghton Mifflin

Best Christian Writing 2006, Jossey-Bass

Best Regular Column: Culture, the Arts, and Leisure, Catholic Press Association, 2004

Best Christian Writing 2004, Jossey-Bass

Best Christian Writing 2002, HarperSanFrancisco

Books for a Better Life awards, finalist, 2000

Best Christian Writing 2000, HarperSanFrancisco

Best Spiritual Writing 1998, HarperSanFrancisco

Christian Women Role Models (1998), Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society

 

Positions Held

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita - Essays

Essays

2015

“A Sacrifice for a Friend” appeared on

            Frederica.com, March 13, 2015

“Tomorrowland” movie review appeared on

            Frederica.com, April 15, 2015

“Why I Haven’t Spoken Out on Gay Marriage…Till Now” appeared on

            Frederica.com, April 20, 2015

 “Open Question: Tithing” appeared in

            Christianity Today, June 2015

“Bringing it Home” appeared on

            Frederica.com, June 15, 2015

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita - Speaking Events

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

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, June 20, 2015

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Monday
Sep212015

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

 

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita - Print Radio TV  Interviews

Print

2015

Dignity of Human Life, Spring 2015

National Review, June 13, 2015

Sinteza (Romania), Summer or Fall 2015

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Monday
Sep212015

Orthodoxy in America

[Sinteza magazine, Romania, Summer or Fall 2015]

-Which is now the place of Orthodoxy in a world of such a great religious diversity as America? What do Americans generally know about the Orthodox Church? What do they know about Romania?

America was founded mostly by Protestants, though some areas were populated by Roman Catholics. But over the years it has become extremely diverse, such that people of every land and every faith are visible in our cities. We are not as free to display Christian symbols, such as a cross or a stone engraved with the Ten Commandments. People of other faiths protest and demand equal time. Recently, a group of Satanists demanded the right to place a statue of Satan next to a stone carved with the Ten Commandments on a public lawn. Atheists also attack the expression of Christian beliefs in public places. While a very large percentage of the country is still Christian, the  people in power tend to be atheists and despise Christians (in part because we oppose abortion and same-sex marriage).

 

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Monday
Sep212015

Inside Out

“Inside Out,” the latest animated film from Pixar Studios, is really two movies. One is for kids, and the other is for adults—or, more precisely, parents. But it’s not like other kiddie cartoons that throw in pop culture references and borderline-dirty jokes. This time it’s different.

The kid-level movie is about a girl named Riley, 11 years old, who has just moved to San Francisco from Minnesota. She had to leave behind all her friends, her hockey team, every place that had been dear to her. Now she’s living in an old house that’s dingy and gray, and the neighborhood pizza parlor specializes in broccoli.

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Monday
Sep212015

Orthodoxy and Catholicism

Godwin Delali Adadzie: Who is Frederica Mathewes-Green?

FMG: I am evidence of God’s mercy.

I am the wife of an Orthodox priest and mother of three grown children, grandmother of 13. I write books, mostly about the Orthodox Church.

As a Catholic, your video “What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’” impressed me. Can you please restate some of the points again?

I explained that the Saints are the “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12. Because they are alive in Christ, and praying right now, we can ask them to pray for us. This does not replace praying to God directly; it is no different from asking our friends and family alive on this Earth to pray for us, and still praying to God.

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Monday
Sep212015

The Orthodox Way of Knowing God

[National Review, June 13, 2015]

Who are the Orthodox? It’s a question increasingly on Western minds as Eastern Christians suffer tremendous persecution — such that the future existence of Christianity in the region is uncertain. Frederica Mathewes-Green, whose husband is archpriest of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Md., provides a tour of and primer on the Orthodox Church in her new book, Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity. She discusses her faith and Christian beliefs and recommends practices that can be of ecumenical benefit.


Kathryn Jean Lopez: If you had to tweet out your welcome to Orthodoxy, what would you offer as a definition?

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