Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

On the first Monday of the month, I answer readers' questions about Eastern Orthodoxy. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments, email them to me, or tweet them to me!  In my last AAO post, I talked about Orthodox fasting, but today I want to address Orthodox feasting. I did not grow up knowing the term "liturgical year." I looked forward to Christmas and Easter, and we did do an Advent wreath and Easter cantata at church, but that was about it. I timed my year more by when school was…Read more …
Ask About Orthodoxy: Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast?

Ask About Orthodoxy: Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast?

You may have noticed I haven’t been running the Ask About Orthodoxy series lately. I felt like Orthodoxy was taking over my blog, and I needed to step back for a bit and reflect. I definitely want to address Orthodoxy here, but I also want to write about other topics. So I will continue to run the AAO series on the first Monday of every month until the end of the year, and then I will determine if there is still interest. Find all the AAO posts under the “Eastern Orthodoxy” tab at…Read more …

On Faith and Feminism: Two Female Saints

Although the Faith Feminisms link-up officially ended on Friday, I wanted to write one last post about the intersection of faith and feminism. Since I was on vacation this week, I found it hard to find time for blogging. I mean, who wants to blog when the beach is calling to you? So, a bit late, here is my last #FaithFeminisms post. {Post 1: Rethinking Feminism} {Post 2: I Am a Feminist for My Family} A little over a year after we first began attending the Orthodox church, my husband, daughter, and I…Read more …
Redefining Success – and Failure

Redefining Success – and Failure

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a difficult day. Her frustrations descended into what some might call "inappropriate behavior" in public, and when we got home, we sat down to talk about what was bothering her. I won't replicate the whole conversation here out of respect for my daughter, but what it came down to was this: Some things had happened that made her feel like a failure,  like she's not good enough, like she's not loved or valued. My daughter sat at the kitchen table, sobs rocking her 9-year-old body, and…Read more …
On Beauty and Worship

On Beauty and Worship

I used to debate "worship styles" with people. I used to think that churches that offered different kinds of services (traditional, contemporary, etc.) at different times were too user-friendly. Worship shouldn't be about me and my preferences; it should be about God! I still think that's true, to an extent. But let me tell you a story. Earlier this summer I visited a church that is not my own, and not even Orthodox. I was actually looking forward to a different kind of service. After all, Orthodox liturgy is long and sometimes boring,…Read more …