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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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Complete Vita 1 - Awards Honors Positions

Academic and Personal

Updated December 8, 2016:   10 books, 768 published essays, 578 speaking events, 711 media interviews

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

B. A.  University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), 1974

M. A.  Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary (Alexandria, VA), 1977

A.C.C.E.  ASPO/Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, 1979 (Devised own method of childbirth pain relief; prepared over 400 women for childbirth)

I was born October 27, 1952 and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. My husband, Father Gregory (Gary) Mathewes-Green, is a priest of the Orthodox Church and pastor of Holy Cross Orthodox Church near Baltimore, MD; we founded the parish in 1993. Our three children, Megan, David, and Stephen, are married and we have fourteen grandchildren. Since 1997, I have recorded books as a volunteer with the Radio Reading Network for the Blind.


Awards, Honors, Positions


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 (past and current)

Board Member, 5 Sees Production Company

Board of Editors, Premin, Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration, Bombala, NSW, Australia

National Review Online, movie and consumer reviews

“Frederica Here & Now” podcast on Ancient Faith Radio

Christianity Today, Contributing Editor

FOCUS, Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve

Kyria online magazine for women leaders

Books and Culture, Contributing Editor

Kairos Journal, Advisory Board

Touchstone, Contributing Editor

Salvo, Editorial Board

The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Contributing Editor

The Handmaiden Journal, Editorial Board

Divine Ascent, Editorial Board

Institute on Religion and Democracy

Council on Faith and International Affairs

Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University

Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity

The Vine

Orthodox Peace Fellowship

Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society

Americans United for Life

Center for Faith and Culture

Susan B. Anthony List

Brotherhood of Fr. John Klimakos

Tapestry Ecumenical Women’s Ministry

National Public Radio, occasional commentator (“Morning Edition”)

Hallmark TV Network, occasional commentator (“America at Worship”)

National Public Radio, regular commentator, 1996-1999 (“All Things Considered”)

“Come Receive the Light” syndicated radio program, commentator

Judge, Evangelical Press Awards

Judge, American Church Press Awards

The Christian Millennial History Project, contributing author

Los Angeles Times, book reviews

Christianity Today, bimonthly columnist

“Veggie Tales” / Big Idea Inc., consultant

Christian Reader / Today’s Christian, “Everyday Theology” bimonthly columnist

Odyssey [now Hallmark] Television Network, monthly commentator (“News Odyssey”)

Religion News Service, biweekly columnist

Our Sunday Visitor, movie reviews

World magazine, national correspondent, biweekly columnist

re:generation quarterly, Editorial Board

Common Ground Network for Life and Choice, board

Eutopia: A Journal of Orthodox Catholic Dissent, Editorial Board

Feminists for Life of America, Vice President for Communications

Sisterlife Quarterly (journal of FFLA), Editor 1989-1994

BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, writer-researcher          

Americans United for Life, Public Affairs Associate for Education

Vote kNOw Coalition (MD referendum 1992), Communications Director

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