The Advent of Unbelief

The Advent of Unbelief

Advent is upon us, and everyone seems to be writing about it. But actually my Advent started back on November 15, which is when Orthodox Christians enter into the nativity season. So like every year, we put up the Christmas decorations on the weekend of the 15th. We got out our little Advent tree and the ornaments that the kids put on it night by night. We bought an Orthodox Advent calendar with forty little windows to open. I am going through the motions, but can I tell you? Just a week or two…Read more …
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 …