Our Global Great Lent

What an interesting Great Lent we have this year! Just as Clean Monday arrived, COVID-19 became an international news story, a global concern. As we move deeper into the Lenten season, we are asked to retreat from our noisy lives, to avoid entertainments and parties, to spend more time quietly at home… actually, the Church calls us to do that every year, but this year, the WHO and the CDC are calling…

Podcasts for the Days of Self-Isolation

Kristina Wenger and I were recording this week’s episode of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts, and I realized that unlike so many of my activities, podcasting won’t miss a beat in this period of social distancing and self-isolation; at Ancient Faith Radio, we’re already working from home, recording in our closets, and communicating with you digitally. Glory be to God! We’re already set up for this brave new world. So, if…

WIN a FREE Audiobook: Blueprints for the Little Church!!!

Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home is now available on audiobook (in addition to the real physical book and ebook versions)!  If you prefer to listen to your books read aloud, you’re in luck. You can win a free audiobook of Blueprints! There are three ways to enter, and you are welcome to enter three times (once via each method): 1- Use the contact form here on the blog…

Triumph of Orthodoxy

This Sunday will be the first Sunday of Great Lent, on which we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy. In our parish and in parishes around the world, we will process with icons held high, celebrating together the rightful return of icons to the church so many years ago. As you know, icons were removed from our churches in the 8th century, and then fully restored in the 9th century. The Sunday of…

Quick Poll for Orthodox Mothers

I’m working on a presentation about the specific pressures put on Orthodox Moms, and I’d love some help understanding what those are exactly. Discussions about gender roles and the distribution of parenting labor abound in our society — but I’m curious about how these things work in Orthodox homes. Is it any different from anywhere else? What is our Orthodox parenting culture looking like as we finish up this decade? Fathers are…

I said YES because…

Today is Giving Tuesday (or should I say, today is #GivingTuesday?), and as an Advisory Board Member and tremendous fan of a non-profit organization, naturally it’s a good day for me to talk to people about giving to our ministry. Youth Equipped to Serve’s director, Katrina Bitar, suggested that we offer up social media posts beginning, “I said YES because…” and as I considered why I love YES so much, I started…