I'll Come Speak

    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
Sep212015

Complete Vita 1 - Awards Honors Positions

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

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita 4 - Essays

2016

“When Abortion Stopped Making Sense,”

National Review Online, January 22, 2016

“St. Xenia of St. Petersburg,”

Frederica.com, Jan 24, 2016

“Favorite Stories of Holy Cross,”

Frederica.com, Jan 24, 2016

“Praise Choruses,”

Frederica.com, Jan 30, 2016

“The Finest Hours” movie review,

Frederica.com, February 2, 2016

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita 3 - Speaking Events

2016

Messiah College (Skype), January 12, 2016

Linthicum Women’s Club, February 22, 2016

St. John Chrysostom Church, York PA, April 3, 2016

Wilberforce Forum, Alexandria VA, April 9, 2016

Annunciation Church, Little Rock, AR, June 3-4, 2016

St. Demetrios Church, Baltimore MD, June 12, 2016

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Monday
Sep212015

Complete Vita 2 - 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 5 - Print Radio TV  Interviews

Media Interviews

 [December 11, 2017: 732 media interviews to date]

Print Interviews

2017

Baltimore Sun, June 23, 2017

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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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Monday
Sep212015

"Teach Us to Pray"

•  What draws people to this contemplative and traditional corporate and individual discipline?

 I think they are looking for an anchor to reality that is outside their own personal experience and their own wisdom. Way back in the 60s churches began talking about being “relevant” and rearranging worship and worship space to attract contemporary people. This makes so much sense on the surface, but it backfires because it treats worshipers like customers and seeks to please them, and the “customers” sense that they are being fed something that has been carefully adjusted to please them. In a restaurant, that’s fine; but in worship you are trying to ground yourself in something bigger and wiser than yourself, and to have the proprietor just keep shoving a mirror in your hands is not helpful. Flattering for a while, but not what you need when you’re searching and yearning for something greater and more stable than yourself.

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