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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now Fresh reports every week from home and on the road

Start date: June 2007 251 episodes

This podcast features fresh reflections on Frederica’s travel and experiences. She will talk to interesting people, tell us fascinating stories and share unique insight into the changing world in which we live.

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Episodes

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Apr 02, 2014

Toxic Charity

Frederica discusses the book Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton, published by HarperOne.

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Mar 19, 2014

Gender

Frederica discusses the term "gender."

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Mar 05, 2014

Ultrasounds and Angels

Frederica compares seeing a baby via sonogram to angels seeing us from heaven.

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Feb 19, 2014

Women and Clothing

Frederica argues that both men and women have a responsibility when it comes to impure thoughts in the male mind.

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Feb 05, 2014

Chores

Frederica discusses a way she found of managing chores when her children were adolescents.

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Jan 22, 2014

Taking Orthodoxy to America

Frederica reflects on Fr. Marc Dunaway's article "Taking Orthodoxy to America," which appeared in the In Community newsletter from St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska.

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Jan 09, 2014

Parish Daily Prayer List

Frederica shares an idea she had for improving parish life.

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Dec 11, 2013

Nativity Bible Study

Frederica examines the salient Nativity scripture.

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Nov 26, 2013

Early Feminism

Frederica shares a piece that she wrote for National Review magazine in its special issue on women.

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Nov 13, 2013

What Is Worship For?: Part Two

Frederica explains that worship is for believers to offer to God.

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Oct 30, 2013

What Is Worship For?: Part One

Frederica contends that, traditionally and historically, worship was aimed not toward other worshippers, as it is in the modern seeker-friendly church, but toward God.

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Oct 16, 2013

Unity

Frederica examines the concept of unity, arguing that the Eastern understanding of unity is different from that of the West. In particular, the unity of all Orthodox churches under a single hierarch is not desired by the East, which believes instead that it is enough for us to be unified under a common theology.

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Oct 02, 2013

Social Justice

Frederica reflects on giving to the needy, countering the cultural beliefs that the poor have nothing to offer, that it is okay to be consumers and not producers, that we must despise the wealthy, and that charity must go through an established organization.

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Sep 18, 2013

Mystics and Wonderworkers

Frederica explains that whereas other Christian traditions have mystics, people devoted to the contemplative life alone, the Orthodox Church has wonderworkers, saints who are contemplative, yes, but also very active in the lives of their neighbors.

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Sep 04, 2013

Rebel

Frederica reminds us that, despite repeated claims to the controversy, Jesus was simply not a revolutionary who wanted a military victory over the Roman state.

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Aug 21, 2013

Don’t Think About It

Frederica reminds us that a passion begins to die when you don't think about it.

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Aug 02, 2013

Faith, Experience, and Theory

Frederica discusses an email message she wrote that eventually become a post on Rod Dreher's blog at The American Conservative. In it she explains her view that trying to experience Christ exclusively with your brain and outside the Church is a futile endeavor—a stance that was not well-received by the blog's many readers.

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Jan 02, 2013

Women’s Ordination

Frederica argues that women's ordination is not the main reason converts come to Orthodoxy.

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Dec 19, 2012

The Cost of Independence

Frederica tries to account for why couples are increasingly living together without getting married.

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Dec 05, 2012

Escalator

Frederica encourages us to look for opportunities to grow spiritually by just allowing something to happen.

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Nov 13, 2012

Popular Saints

Frederica wonders why some saints are more popular than others.

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Oct 31, 2012

Basil Athas

Frederica interviews Basil Athas, a godly man and key character in her first book Facing East.

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Oct 17, 2012

Flaws of the Fifties

Frederica examines a few of the differences between her parents' generation and her own.

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Oct 03, 2012

Einstein

Frederica examines the spiritual life of Albert Einstein as expressed in a 1929 article in the Saturday Evening Post—published just three days before the Wall Street collapse that began the Great Depression.

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Sep 20, 2012

Fr. Makary

Frederica interviews Hieromonk Makary, the beekeeper at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, New South Wales, Australia.

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Sep 06, 2012

The Dangers of Sympathy

Frederica explains that "worried prayer" can actually be hurtful to the suffering person

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Aug 22, 2012

Russian Blasphemy

Frederica explains to non-liturgical Christians why the actions of the recently convicted Russian protest group were sacrilege and especially insensitive to the Orthodox individuals who remained faithful throughout the Soviet era.

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Aug 01, 2012

The Work of Theology

Frederica argues that the concept of "theology always in flux" is a dubious one.

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Jul 18, 2012

Pastors and Same-Sex Attraction

Frederica explores the many complex issues surrounding Orthodoxy clergy and their pastoral stance toward same-sex attraction.

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Jul 05, 2012

Loaf of Bread

Frederica recounts the fascinating story of an Armenian woman who threw a loaf of bread into a garbage pit every day for thirteen years.

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Jun 20, 2012

OCMC

Frederica interviews Fr. Martin Ritsi, executive director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.

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Jun 06, 2012

On Pentecost

Frederica reads "On Pentecost" by St. Romanos the Melodist.

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May 23, 2012

On the Ascension

Frederica reads "On the Ascension" by St. Romanos the Melodist.

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May 09, 2012

The St. Photios Shrine

Fredrica interviews Polly Hillier, the Director of the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida, about the story behind the shrine.

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Apr 25, 2012

St. Thomas

Frederica defends the character of St. Thomas, whom we commemorate on the Sunday after Pascha.

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Apr 11, 2012

The Cherub and the Thief

On this encore presentation of "Frederica Here and Now," Frederica introduces us to a beautiful "precedent dispute"—an argument in song—between the cherub who guards paradise and the good thief.

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Apr 04, 2012

Peter’s Denial

Frederica reads the narrative of Peter's denial of Christ from St. Romanos the Melodist.

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Mar 28, 2012

On Judas

Frederica continues her reading from St. Romanos the Melodist as we approach Holy Week. Today the gripping and sobering narrative on the one who betrayed Jesus. See her earlier episode for information about the source.

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Mar 21, 2012

Lamentation of the Theotokos

As we approach Holy Week, you won't want to miss this powerful reading by Frederica of the Lamentation of the Theotokos written by St. Romanos the Melodist and translated by Fr. Ephrem Lash. It was taken from the book On the Life of Christ: Kontakia, published in 1994.

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Mar 14, 2012

The Akathist to the Theotokos

On Fridays during Great Lent, it is the tradition of the Church to sing a hymn to the Theotokos known as the Akathist. These beautiful words were penned by St. Romanos the Melodist, and today Frederica reads her own translation of this inspiring hymn taken from her book, Lost Gospel of Mary.

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Mar 01, 2012

Gay Rights 2

Having received much feedback on her November 9, 2011, episode, Frederica reflects again on the subject of gay rights.

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Feb 16, 2012

We Have to Tell Them

Frederica recounts her recent dream about waiting to learn the basis on which God will judge human beings.

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Feb 04, 2012

Miracles

Frederica addresses miracles, sharing a few that she herself has experienced, and then concludes with a song on the topic by her son David.

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Jan 18, 2012

A Christian Ending

Frederica interviews Dn. Mark and Mat. Elizabeth Barna, authors of A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition, published by Divine Ascent Press.

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Jan 04, 2012

Sum

Frederica discusses the fiction book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, written by the neuroscientist David Eagleman, as well as the non-fiction book A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

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Dec 21, 2011

Magnolia

Frederica interviews her musician son David Mathewes about music composition, as well as his new CD titled Magnolia.

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Dec 07, 2011

Meatless Friday

Frederica examines a statement by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales about reinstating the Friday fast.

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Nov 22, 2011

Heaven Is for Real

Frederica recommends the book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo.

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Nov 09, 2011

Gay Rights

Frederica discusses the subject of same-sex attraction, explaining that whether or not it's genetic is beside the point.

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Oct 26, 2011

Charity

Frederica questions the wisdom of giving to the poor without asking any questions.

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Oct 12, 2011

Best Friends?

Frederica examines the relatively recent phenomenon of men and women expecting their best friends to be their spouses.

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Sep 28, 2011

Higher Ground

Frederica reviews the film Higher Ground, directed by and starring Vera Farmiga.

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Sep 14, 2011

Why We Need Hell

Frederica reads an essay she wrote for Beliefnet.com in 2006.

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Sep 10, 2011

Remembering 9/11 For the Right Reasons

Will September 11, 2001, become just another date that children have to memorize? If so, does it really matter?

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Aug 31, 2011

Prayers for the Departed

Frederica responds to a question about purgatory and explains why the Orthodox pray for the dead.

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Aug 18, 2011

Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity

Frederica uses the recorded comments of a Buddhist monk to examine the similarities and differences between Orthodox and Buddhist beliefs, particularly as they relate to anger and forgiveness.

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Aug 03, 2011

The Sermon

Frederica interviews her son, the newly ordained Fr. Steve Mathewes, about the process of writing homilies.

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Jul 16, 2011

Harry Potter

Frederica reviews the final Harry Potter movie—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two.

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Jul 06, 2011

Larry Crowne

Frederica reviews the film Larry Crowne, written by, directed by, produced by, and starring Tom Hanks.

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Jun 16, 2011

Beauty in Worship

Frederica speaks at the annual "Donors' Dinner" for St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto about the power of beauty in worship and the Divine Liturgy.

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Jun 03, 2011

Self and Skepticism

Frederica explains to the leader of a week-long Protestant retreat why she would not want to speak at the event again.

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May 19, 2011

Questions About Atonement

Frederica explains the true role that Christ's death and resurrection play in our salvation.

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May 12, 2011

Bryan College

In this podcast, Frederica is interviewed at Bryan College about cultural issues, liturgical worship, and her faith.

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May 04, 2011

Southern Methodist College

Frederica speaks on Orthodox worship at Southern Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC.

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Apr 27, 2011

That’s Not Orthodoxy

Frederica urges us to focus on the truly important aspects of our Orthodox Faith, rather than getting distracted by politics, scandals, or gossip.

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Apr 19, 2011

On Judas

On this encore presentation of Frederica Here and Now, Frederica Mathewes-Green reads from St. Romanos the Melodist about the disciple who betrayed Jesus.

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Apr 07, 2011

Real Choices, Real Voices

Frederica speaks on the abortion issue at the Festival of Orthodox Christianity, hosted by North Texas Orthodox Missions in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Mar 30, 2011

Oberlin College

Frederica speaks to students of OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Mar 23, 2011

Forgiveness

Frederica discusses the difference between forgiveness and enabling.

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Mar 18, 2011

The Meaning of Sex

Frederica delivers a speech at UC-Santa Barbara (sponsored by The Veritas Forum) titled "The Meaning of Sex."

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Mar 10, 2011

Visually Impaired Persons

Frederica interviews Tim Mehok of Saints Peter & Paul OCA Church in Lorain, Ohio. Tim is a catechumen and is blind. He talks with Frederica about what Orthodox churches could do to make their worship, parish life, and websites more accessible to the visually impaired.

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Mar 04, 2011

St. Nina

Frederica discusses the life and work of St. Nina and explains the special connection her parish has with this early Christian saint.

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Feb 11, 2011

Scientists are Human

Frederica shares the findings of some recent articles on scientific objectivity, including one which indicates that scientific test results don't always replicate consistently.

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Feb 02, 2011

Infallible R Us

Frederica shares an email exchange regarding the Orthodox view of Scripture.

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Jan 28, 2011

Moral but Obscene

Frederica discusses a possible trend in film of wrapping a conservative message in vulgar jokes and nudity. As examples, she looks to the movies Love, Actually; Knocked Up; and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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Jan 20, 2011

Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children

Frederica shares with us the special prayer entitled "Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children."

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Jan 13, 2011

Homilies of Fr. George

Frederica reads from three homilies of Fr. George Calciu. The book, Fr. George Calciu: Interviews, Homilies and Talks, is currently available through Saint Herman Press.

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Jan 07, 2011

Interview with Fr. Hans Jacobse

Frederica interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse about a formal debate he had with atheist Matthew Dillahunty regarding morality. She also shares a recipe for vegan pancakes!

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Dec 24, 2010

Yellow and Pink

Frederica reads the children's book Yellow and Pink by William Steig.

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Dec 15, 2010

Best of Russia

Frederica and her husband Fr. Gregory discuss the pilgrimage they will be making to Russia in July of 2011—a trip that you can take with them via Orthodox Tours.

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Dec 11, 2010

Protevangelion 2

Frederica discusses the Protevangelion.

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Dec 03, 2010

The Protevangelion of James

A reading of the "Lost Gospel of Mary" (Frederica's name for it), from her book of that title. The scholarly name is "the Protevangelion of James" (or "protevangelium" in Latin). It is a timely story for Nativity Fast because it covers the Virgin's life from her conception through the birth of Christ and the slaughter of the innocents.

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Nov 27, 2010

Kristin Lavransdatter

Frederica shares her thoughts on Kristin Lavransdatter, a novel by Norwegian author and Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset.

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Nov 18, 2010

Gay Marriage

Frederica shares her perspective on the legalization of gay marriage.

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Oct 27, 2010

Community and Economy

Frederica shares an email she received which triggered thoughts on the important relationship between community and economy.

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Oct 21, 2010

Alan Medinger

Frederica discusses the life and work of Alan Medinger, founder of Regeneration Ministries.

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Oct 15, 2010

American Grace

Frederica discusses a portion of the book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.

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Oct 10, 2010

Constructive Arguing

Drawing from her own experience, Frederica offers two ways to improve communication when in a disagreement with someone.

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Oct 02, 2010

Wes Smith

Frederica discusses a lecture she attended by bioethicist Wes Smith.

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Sep 23, 2010

More Seeking and Finding

Frederica offers further exploration of thoughts from a previous podcast on author Temple Grandin.

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Sep 16, 2010

Expecting Mary

Frederica reviews the movie, Expecting Mary, which was released September 10, 2010.

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Sep 09, 2010

Flipped

Frederica reviews Flipped, a movie by director Rob Reiner that tries so hard to sell itself that it's only the sales pitch that you hear.

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Sep 03, 2010

Light to Those in Darkness

In this week's podcast, Frederica shares, "Akathist to Jesus: Light to Those in Darkness," written by Fr. Lawrence Farley.

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Aug 25, 2010

Temple Grandin

Frederica discusses the book Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin.

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Aug 18, 2010

Big Questions Online

Frederica interviews Rod Dreher about his new project with the Templeton Foundation, BigQuestionsOnline.com.

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Aug 09, 2010

Beekeeping

Frederica shares her experience keeping bees and tells of her first honey harvest.

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Jul 15, 2010

Distractions

In her talk to St. Anthony's in Bergenfield, NJ, Frederica addresses the problem of distractions while praying.

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Jul 07, 2010

Grief

Frederica discusses the importance of experiencing grief, rather than trying to skip over it with medication. She explains that it is a natural part of life.

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Jul 02, 2010

Men and Women

Frederica speaks to ARFORA, an umbrella organization for various women's groups in the Romanian Diocese. In her lecture, Frederica celebrates the differences between men and women.

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Jun 24, 2010

Toy Story 3

Frederica reviews the latest Pixar film Toy Story 3.

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Jun 16, 2010

More on the Jesus Prayer

Frederica speaks at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California, about the Jesus Prayer.

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Jun 04, 2010

No Regrets

Frederica shares her thoughts on recognizing the sins in our lives that make our souls and even our bodies sick.

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May 26, 2010

Letters to Juliet

Frederica reviews the 2010 movie, Letters to Juliet.

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May 20, 2010

Holy Tradition and the Most-Holy Theotokos

Frederica gives a lecture at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, CA, on Orthodox Tradition concerning the Theotokos.

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May 12, 2010

Interview with Emily Moore

College student Emily Moore interviews Frederica about her views on the pro-life movement, current social trends, thoughts on writing as a profession, as well as any recommendations for young single women of faith.

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May 06, 2010

Chickens and Bees

Frederica talks with Crunchy Con author Rod Dreher and his wife, Julie, about practical sustainability.

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Apr 28, 2010

Proof of Miracles

Frederica shares a email exchange in which she discusses miracles mixed with the demonic versus those which come through the love and presence of God.

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Apr 21, 2010

Performance and Medication

Fredrica discusses the ethical problems of enhancing performance with medication.

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Apr 14, 2010

Fr. Joe Allen

Frederica introduces us to the longtime pastor of one of our nation's first intentionally pan-Orthodox churches—St. Antony's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

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Apr 07, 2010

The Cherub and the Thief

Frederica introduces us to a beautiful "precedent dispute"—an argument in song—between the cherub who guards paradise and the good thief.

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Apr 03, 2010

The Angel Cried

In addition to treating us to a recording of the Holy Cross choir singing a beautiful rendition of this favorite hymn of Pascha, Frederica digs into the words of the hymn and its significance.

15:02
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Mar 31, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Frederica reviews Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland, a movie that she says is too frenetic and ludicrous to be enjoyed.

8:30
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Mar 24, 2010

St. Mary of Egypt

Frederica reads The Life of St. Mary of Egypt by St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, in 620 AD.

51:06
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Mar 17, 2010

I Will

Frederica reflects on an article on the tragedy in Haiti that she just recently read in the Weekly Standard and then comments on the questions of some listeners about her Avatar review.

11:36
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Mar 10, 2010

Avatar

Frederica reviews the James Cameron film Avatar, arguing that it is not the pantheism but the predictable story line that should give us pause.

11:42
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Mar 04, 2010

Frederica in California

Frederica speaks at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, about Orthodox spirituality and the Jesus Prayer.

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Feb 20, 2010

The Fast

Frederica reflects on fasting and the rigor involved in all ascetic practices.

25:01
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Feb 11, 2010

Saint Felicity

Frederica recounts the history of her patron saint, whose feast day is February 1.

31:21
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Jan 20, 2010

The Lost Gospel of Mary

Frederica speaks at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia, about her book The Lost Gospel of Mary.

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Jan 14, 2010

Studio Mathewes

Frederica interviews her daughter-in-law Jocelyn about her work as a wedding photographer. Click HERE to view Jocelyn's work.

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Jan 06, 2010

The Jesus Prayer - From Mind to Heart

This is part two of a pair of special episodes of Frederica Here and Now. It features Frederica Mathewes-Green speaking at the Mother of God Orthodox Church in Princeton, New Jersey, about her new book The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God.

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Dec 31, 2009

The Jesus Prayer Basics

This is part one of a pair of special episodes of Frederica Here and Now. It features Frederica Mathewes-Green speaking at the Mother of God Orthodox Church in Princeton, New Jersey, about her new book The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God.

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Dec 24, 2009

From Pentecostal to Orthodox

Frederica interviews Dn. Barnabas Powell, the former pastor of a Pentecostal church, about his conversion to Orthodoxy.

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Dec 16, 2009

Fr. George Calciu

Frederica exchanges recollections with her fellow parishioners of the much-beloved Fr. George Calciu.

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Dec 09, 2009

Middle-aged People in Church

Frederica reads an article by Keith Drury that addresses why people in their fifties and sixties do not worship in a lively manner.

17:35
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Dec 02, 2009

The Jesus Prayer

Frederica reads the introduction to her new book The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God, published by Paraclete Press.

16:46
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Nov 25, 2009

Doing Funerals Right

Frederica interviews Joe Canby, an auto mechanic who doubles as a funeral director, about bringing funerals back into the Church.

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Nov 20, 2009

An Orthodox Chaplain in Afghanistan

Frederica interviews Kh. Tamera Pelikan, whose husband is the only Orthodox chaplain in Afghanistan.

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Nov 12, 2009

A Visit from St. Seraphim

Frederica interviews an anonymous parishioner from St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado, about his experiences with St. Seraphim of Sarov.

14:36
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Nov 04, 2009

War and Brother-Keeping

Frederica examines the concept of non-violent resistance. Should we refuse to exercise any earthly power?

23:39
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Oct 28, 2009

St. Nectarios Education Fund

Frederica interviews Fr. Evan Armatas, priest at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado, about the St. Nectarios Education Fund.

22:36
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Oct 21, 2009

Science and the Orthodox Church

Frederica interviews Daniel Buxhoeveden, an Orthodox scientist who just recently received a Templeton grant to establish an Institute for Science and the Orthodox Church. Please note that Frederica experienced technical difficulties while recording this episode. We apologize in advance for its poor audio quality.

32:04
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Oct 09, 2009

No Makeup

Frederica explains why she doesn't wear make-up and then plays a song on the subject written and performed by her son David.

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Oct 01, 2009

Listening Skills

Frederica is interviewed by her friend Katherine Mowers about how to really listen to other people.

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Sep 23, 2009

Terry Mattingly

Frederica interviews Terry Mattingly, columnist, professor of journalism, and founder of getreligion.org, about the heath-care debate, particularly with regard to end-of-life issues.

19:30
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Sep 16, 2009

Remembering 9/11

Will September 11, 2001, become just another date that children have to memorize? If so, does it really matter?

11:41
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Sep 09, 2009

Well-Tempered

Frederica interviews her son Stephen, a seminarian at Holy Cross and a part-time piano tuner, about the musical concept of temperament.

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Sep 01, 2009

Lucas and Summer

Frederica welcomes a new grandson and looks back at a very eventful summer.

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Aug 16, 2009

Tender Love and the Dormition

Imagine the blessed Theotokos in old age being cared for by St. John the Evangelist. That is the image Frederica beautifully portrays for us in today's podcast for the Feast of the Dormition. Read more of her thoughts on the Virgin Mary in her newest book The Lost Gospel of Mary.

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Aug 05, 2009

My Nonfiction Shelf

Frederica examines those books in her library that are difficult to categorize, but that also contain insights that have helped her understand the culture.

18:51
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Jul 31, 2009

Information Wants to Be Free

Frederica explains the impact of technology on publishing and the distribution of the news.

19:44
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Jul 10, 2009

The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios

Frederica discusses the book The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios by Dionysios Farasiotis.

16:52
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Jul 02, 2009

The Public Square

Frederica explains why the pro-choice position stems not from logic, but from a desire to appear cool.

17:59
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Jun 24, 2009

Let’s Create a Perfect World

Frederica tackles "the problem of evil" in an essay that was originally written for Beliefnet.

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Jun 17, 2009

Bees

Frederica interviews Jerry Fischer, the state of Maryland's apiary inspector.

15:12
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Jun 10, 2009

Anjali

Frederica interviews a convert to Orthodoxy from Hinduism.

16:16
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Jun 04, 2009

Up

Frederica reviews the new animated Pixar film Up.

18:01
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May 28, 2009

Religion and Intellect - Part 2

Part two of Frederica's speech at the University of Maryland.

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May 22, 2009

Religion and Intellect - Part 1

In part one of a speech delivered at the University of Maryland, Frederica answers the question, "Does religion destroy your intellect?"

21:03
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May 14, 2009

The Prevalence of Tragedy

Frederica describes how much more profound the world must have been when death lurked around every corner.

23:36
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May 06, 2009

Fr. Innocent Dresdow

Frederica interviews Fr. Innocent Dresdow, the pastor of Resurrection Cathedral in Kodiak, Alaska.

29:37
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Apr 30, 2009

Hypnotic Mall

In this episode, recorded shortly before Christmas, Frederica explains why it's important to protect ourselves and our families from consumerism.

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Apr 23, 2009

Bounty

In this episode, Frederica reminds us that all that we buy is not ours but God's

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Apr 13, 2009

On the Victory of the Cross

In this final reading from St. Romanos the Melodist, Frederica gives a dramatic interpretation of the dialog between Hell and the Serpent. Please see the first post in this series for information about the source and how you can obtain it.

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Apr 13, 2009

Peter’s Denial

As we continue through Holy Week, Frederica reads the narrative of Peter's denial of Christ from St. Romanos the Melodist.

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Apr 13, 2009

Commentary on the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Last week we enjoyed Frederica's beautiful reading of the St. Romanos's Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos. This week we have a special treat. In an extended edition of Frederica Here and Now, Frederica gives us a line by line commentary on the hymn taken from her book, "Lost Gospel of Mary".

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Apr 13, 2009

On Judas

Frederica continues her reading from St. Romanos the Melodist as we begin Holy Week. Today the gripping and sobering narrative on the one who betrayed Jesus. See her earlier episode for information about the source.

18:26
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Apr 12, 2009

The Akathist to the Theotokos

On Fridays during Great Lent, it is the tradition of the Church to sing a hymn to the Theotokos known as the Akathist. These beautiful words were penned by St. Romanos the Melodist and today Frederica reads her own translation of this inspring hymn taken from her book, "Lost Gospel of Mary."

23:02
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Apr 12, 2009

Lamentation of the Theotokos

As we approach Holy Week, you won't want to miss this powerful reading by Frederica of the Lamentation of the Theotokos written by St. Romanos the Melodist and translated by Fr. Ephrem Lash. It was taken from the book On the Life of Christ: Kontakia, published in 1994.

13:46
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Apr 09, 2009

Mother Agapia

Frederica interviews Mother Agapia, the sister of George Stephanopoulos. The two talk about the Service of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which Mother Agapia has witnessed in person.

14:34
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Apr 02, 2009

The Prayer of St. Ephraim

Frederica teases out the many possible translations from the Greek of the Prayer of St. Ephraim.

13:38
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Mar 26, 2009

The Canon of St. Andrew

Frederica elaborates on the Canon of St. Andrew, a very repentant and soulful prayer that is also incredibly rich and complex.

14:33
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Mar 18, 2009

The Judgment of the Next Generation

Frederica reads an article she wrote on abortion that was published in the National Review Online.

7:43
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Mar 12, 2009

Gatekeepers

Frederica muses on the "gatekeepers"—those who determine what the public reads, hears, and sees.

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Mar 12, 2009

Gergesene Demoniac—A Postscript

Frederica adds a quick final thought to her discussion of the Gergesene Demoniac.

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Mar 04, 2009

Gergesene Demoniac

In this episode, Frederica discusses the importance of the unknown man whose demons were cast into pigs by Jesus. This tormented individual went on to preach that Christ is indeed the Messiah.

20:48
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Feb 26, 2009

The Downward Spiral

Frederica discusses the "downward spiral" of sin—how it can progress in steps, separating us from God.

18:36
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Feb 19, 2009

The Voice Beneath the Altar

Frederica shares an essay she wrote that was based on Revelation 6:9-10. In it, she describes the breathtaking moment when the attendees of the Council of Nicaea—most of them martyrs—were venerated by the Emperor Constantine.

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Feb 11, 2009

Prayer, Not Politics

Sometimes it is okay not to have an opinion, especially when it interferes with your spiritual life.

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Feb 04, 2009

Encounters with Mary

Frederica explains how she learned to stop doubting and trust the Theotokos.

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Jan 29, 2009

And Baby Makes 12!

Today we are eavesdropping on a coffee hour conversation between Frederica and Mary Klopcic, mother of 10 in a family of 12! This one will not only inspire you but make you appreciate your Orthodox faith even more!

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Jan 21, 2009

Building a Temple

Frederica and her guest Tom Kehayes are in the car trying to find the van service to take her to the airport. In between getting lost a couple of times, they discuss the remarkable circumstances that led to the building of St. Innocent Orthodox Church (OCA) in Macon, GA. The structure is an exact replica (externally) of a 6th century church in Tbilisi! You will be encouraged to hear how God provided!

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Jan 14, 2009

The Role of the Monastic

Today Frederica is at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in Wayne, WV, with her guest Fr. Seraphim. Who should be a monk and how does the monastic life contribute to the salvation of us all?

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Jan 07, 2009

Surviving the Economy

Frederica is at the coffee hour in her own parish today with her guest Dn. Tom Braun as they discuss ways to make yourself more valuable on the job.

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Jan 01, 2009

A Visit to IOCC

Frederica begins the New Year in the offices of International Orthodox Christian Charities speaking with Development Officer Nick Chakos. Learn more about the work of this important humanitarian organization serving Christ around the globe.

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Dec 11, 2008

Hookups and Hope

Frederica comments on a recent interview in the US Catholic with Donna Freitas called Sex, Lies and the Hookup Culture. Is there hope for a turn around in society where romance trumps casual sex? In this episode, Frederica references her essay on the Disney Women and how they have changed over the years.

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Dec 04, 2008

Growing a Parish

Today Frederica is outside for coffee hour at St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, FL. She is talking with Fr. Ted Pisarchuk about the growth of his parish and what he has learned in the process.

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Nov 27, 2008

The Liturgy of St. James

Today we catch up with Frederica in York, PA, at a banquet at St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church. She is sitting with Fr. Elias Yelovich, priest at the mission parish of St. James the Apostle near Baltimore. Once a year on October 23, they celebrate the Liturgy of St. James. Learn about this ancient liturgy and how it is celebrated.

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Nov 20, 2008

The Science of Music

There's a good chance you have never heard of the type of music expression Frederica discusses today around the kitchen table with her son Steve Mathewes and daughter-in-law Jocelyn. Steve is a musicologist and has just come from a "High Zero" music show.

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Nov 13, 2008

The Work of IOCC

Frederica recorded a presentation by IOCC Development Director Nick Chakos and provides it for us this week on her podcast.

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Nov 06, 2008

In the Diner with Archbishop Lazar

The Double T Diner is the scene of Frederica's conversation with Archbishop Lazar, Abbot of the All Saints of North America Monastery in British Columbia. While waiting for their food to arrive, they have an insightful discussion about parish life.

14:57
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Oct 30, 2008

Why CS Lewis is So Irritating! Episode 2

Today, Frederica looks at the CS Lewis classic, Miracles. Even if you have read this book, you won't want to miss Frederica's reflections on it!

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Oct 23, 2008

Why C.S. Lewis is So Irritating!

What is the influence of fashion on thought? A question addressed by Lewis in his Screwtape Letters and just another example of a writer who beats other writers to the punch with their great writing skills.

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Oct 16, 2008

God So Loved the World

Frederica is riding in the back seat of a Camry driven by Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos and Presv. Faye. Listen in on this instructive conversation about God's love, and the western view of wrath and justice compared to how it is viewed in Orthodoxy. Also, be sure to listen to the two postscripts at the close of today's episode!

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Oct 09, 2008

A Voice in the Public Square

Frederica returns to the Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina to talk with the pastor, Fr. John Parker. Fr. John has demonstrated that you can effectively engage your local community on matters of faith.

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Oct 02, 2008

Byzantine Architecture

Today we get a fascinating tour of a new temple built in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Frederica is with Architect Andrew Gould as they walk through Holy Ascension Orthodox Church.

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Sep 26, 2008

The Sex Revolution - Part 3

Here is the third and final part of a talk Frederica gave on the influence of the sexual revolution in the movies. Part 1 was posted on September 4 and Part 2 on September 17.

18:49
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Sep 18, 2008

The Sex Revolution - Part 2

Here is the second part of a talk Frederica gave on the influence of the sexual revolution in the movies. Part 1 was posted on September 4.

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Sep 11, 2008

September 12

On the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, Frederica reflects on the role of God's judgment and repentance.

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Sep 04, 2008

The Sex Revolution - Part 1

This is the first part of a talk Frederica gave on the influence of the sexual revolution in the movies. We have broken it up into three sections and next time will be part 2. The talk was delivered at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute in Ottawa. They recently held a conference that they called "The Sheptytsky Institute Study Days."

23:40
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Aug 28, 2008

Native Americans and Orthodoxy

Frederica is in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Heritage Center today talking with Orthodox convert Steven Alvarez and is interrupted only once by Alaskan wildlife!

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Aug 21, 2008

The Same God

Do all religions worship the same God? Frederica doesn't like the way the question is posed. Find out why in this episode.

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Aug 09, 2008

Transfiguration, Light, and an Icon

This week as we think about the Transfiguration of our Lord, Frederica has some interesting reflections on a particular icon of the Transfiguration from the apse of St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai. To view the icon, click HERE for a large image, and HERE for a smaller one.

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Jul 30, 2008

Eastern Catholics

Today we present an interview Frederica conducted with Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky, director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute in Ottawa. They recently held a conference that they called "The Sheptytsky Institute Study Days," and Fr. Tom Hopko and Frederica were among the speakers.

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Jul 23, 2008

Standing Together

At the close of a recent talk Frederica gave, she recalls a movie she saw about World War I and the love for the brother in the trench with you on the right and on the left. She reminds us that we are saved in community.

4:25
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Jul 16, 2008

WALL-E

What's the one thing missing from the newest animated offering from Pixar? Listen to today's episode to find out.

11:32
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Jul 09, 2008

Remember Basil from Facing East?

Frederica enjoys a conversation with Basil Athas, the very colorful member of Holy Cross who seems to be the most memorable character in Frederica's book Facing East. He is now 77, and residing in a nursing home, where he vocally evangelizes everyone in reach!

16:18
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Jul 02, 2008

Democracy

This week those of us in the United States celebrate Independence Day, and Frederica joins in expressing her thankfulness for this country and democracy. But, is democracy a "one size fits all" concept for the world?

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Jun 25, 2008

Birthright in Ghana

Frederica is at the 40th anniversary conference of Birthright, International in the Chicago area and recorded an interview with Doris Asante of Birthright, Ghana. Doris was also selling handmade jewelry and stoles to raise money for Birthright in Ghana and she invited .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) correspondence if you are interested in purchasing or donating.

13:04
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Jun 18, 2008

Campus Ministry

A sweaty subdeacon comes in from the hot sun and working in the garden for a glass of iced tea and a conversation with Frederica about Orthodox campus ministry at the Naval Academy and St. John's College.

15:44
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Jun 11, 2008

When the Movie Trumps the Book

Prince Caspian, Lord of the Rings, Gone With the Wind— which was better, the book or the movie?

23:57
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Jun 04, 2008

Autism and Adam

Today we eavesdrop on a kitchen table discussion with daughter Megan (with a little help from 20-month-old Michael who thought the microphone looked tasty!) as they discussed Michael's six-year-old brother Adam and the still mysterious condition known as autism. Here is a picture of Adam and Frederica's article from an earlier posting on Beliefnet.

19:46
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May 28, 2008

Light and Evangelicals

Frederica revisits two of her previous podcasts with some additional reflections as the result of some email she received from listeners.

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May 21, 2008

Old Age

It levels the playing field as much as anything does and all of us either are or will face it: it's old age. Frederica reflects on this inevitable fact of life.

12:50
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May 14, 2008

Light and Darkness

How does Scripture treat the themes of light, darkness and shadow? Is light always "good" and dark always "evil"? What began as a friendly debate with emerging church leader Leonard Sweet results in an instructive study by Frederica on this topic.

30:47
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May 01, 2008

Sacred Harp

Frederica's guest is Fr. George Johnson from Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Beltsville, MD. They are at a "Shape-note" choral festival hosted at Holy Apostles and Fr. George, who is a participant in this a cappella choral expression, helps us learn more about it.

14:42
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Apr 10, 2008

Sin as Pollution

Frederica recalls Forgiveness Vespers from a few weeks back which reminds her of a Garrison Keillor story about the effects of sin.

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Mar 20, 2008

America and God’s Judgment

What might God be planning for America given the rampant infiltration of sin, abortion, and depravity? Frederica has adjusted her thinking on this after a rather strange "awakening."

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Mar 13, 2008

Christian Colleges

Frederica speaks on many college campuses, both secular and Christian. You may be surprised by her observations related to the Christian colleges!

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Mar 06, 2008

Persecuted for Christ

He was a Lutheran pastor and was severely persecuted for his faith by Communists in Romania. He is Rev. Richard Wurmbrand and Frederica has a rare recording of his voice singing a hymn to the Theotokos that he wrote himself. Frederica makes reference to an article in Again Magazine about Pastor Wurmbrand and you can download and read it by clicking HERE.

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Feb 28, 2008

Does Character Count?

Drawing on some literary classics, Frederica grieves the loss of the value of character in our modern society.

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Feb 21, 2008

Hannah Montana

Don't know who Hannah Montana is? Ask any pre-teen girl! From her article in First Things, Frederica reflects on the popularity of this entertainment phenomenon.

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Feb 13, 2008

Flowers for the Fellas

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, Frederica offers a fragrant bouquet to the men in the audience.

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Feb 13, 2008

Roe v Wade - Listeners Provide Helpful Corrections

Frederica received some helpful corrections from a couple of listeners on her Roe v Wade podcast which posted on January 23.

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Feb 07, 2008

Mind and Heart

What is the relationship between our feelings and our faith? Is there a place for emotion in our theology?

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Jan 31, 2008

The Historical Jesus

Frederica talks about the modern day quest for the "real" Jesus and examines The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer. It is the question for the ages: What think ye of the Christ?

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Jan 23, 2008

Abortion: Ignoring the Facts

January 22 marks the 35th anniversary of legalized abortion in the United States despite all of the facts demonstrating the presence of life at conception. You don't want to miss this powerful commentary! To read more from Frederica on this topic, you will want to pick up Real Choices published by Conciliar Press.

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Jan 17, 2008

Golden Corral

Frederica takes us to the door of the Golden Corral where she is about to begin work on her new book. What she observes, however, is an American epidemic.

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Jan 10, 2008

Shamassey Ina Goes to Rome - Part 2

This is part 2 of the fascinating report given in the car by Shamassey Ina about her trip to Rome. Keep your eyes on the road because the ladies do get a little lost in this episode!

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Jan 03, 2008

Shamassey Ina Goes t Rome - Part 1

Frederica is in the car today with two friends and struck up a conversation with one of them about her trip to Rome. They had so much to talk about, it is divided into two parts with part 1 today and part 2 next week.

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Dec 27, 2007

Magi from the East

Their number and identity is not clear but their intention was unmistakable: to worship the newborn King.

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Dec 20, 2007

Behold a Star

So what about this star in the east? How important is it that we insist it be a real astronomical star?

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Dec 13, 2007

St. Romanos Nativity Kontakion

Don't miss this rich and inspiring reading by Frederica of the entire Nativity Kontakion written by St. Romanos the Melodist and translated by Fr. Ephrem Lash. It was taken from the book On the Life of Christ: Kontakia, published in 1994.

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Dec 07, 2007

Grace Is Gone

Frederica previewed the new movie starring John Cusack, Grace is Gone, and offers this analysis.

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Nov 29, 2007

Enchanted

Frederica likes the new Disney movie, Enchanted, and provides an enchanting review for our AFR listeners.

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Nov 22, 2007

Fair Trade

The poor in many other countries often rely on skills handed down to them by their ancestors. But what about the poor in America?

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Nov 15, 2007

Obnoxious Converts

Why do some people feel that "converts" to Orthodoxy are so obnoxious? Today Frederica reflects on the practices of some Orthodox Christians compared with the path to spiritual healing that Orthodoxy represents.

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Nov 08, 2007

From Mennonite to Orthodox

Frederica is in the fourth floor apartment of a friend who recently came to Orthodoxy from the Mennonite church and participated in an excursion to the Middle East with a group intent on apologizing to Eastern faiths for the Crusades.

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Oct 30, 2007

Cemetery

We are strolling with Frederica through a cemetery on the campus of the seminary she attended several years ago.

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Oct 25, 2007

Men and the Church

This week we catch Frederica in her car driving to Washington, D.C., and reflecting on the differences between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches when it comes to the involvement of men.

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Oct 18, 2007

The World and the Grail

Recycled molecules and atoms from the foundation of the world present a wonderful perspective on the shed blood of Christ.

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Oct 11, 2007

Thrift Shops

Frederica enjoys shopping for clothes at her local re-sale shops and has found it to be a good way to save and conserve. She also reflects on the clothing industry in general: where are they made and under what conditions?

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Oct 04, 2007

A Conversation With Doug LeBlanc

We catch up with Frederica at a quaint Virginia Barbeque where she is chatting with a reporter who chooses to stay in the Episcopal Church. Douglas LeBlanc of the blog site Get Religion began covering religion in June 1984 as religion editor of the Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge, LA. Since then he has worked as an editor for Compassion International, Episcopalians United (now Anglicans United), and Christianity Today. His work has appeared in Christian Research Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Sep 27, 2007

Problematic Honor

Is there a consistent morality or ethical system planted in human beings? If so, why doesn't this sytem include the protection of baby girls?

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Sep 20, 2007

Franchise Row

Well, today Frederica isn't at the "Corner of East and Now", but she is at the corner of Taco Bell and K-Mart. You know the place.

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Sep 13, 2007

A Cappella Music

Frederica reflects on how music can penetrate through the fog of advanced years and even senility to focus our minds on the worship of God.

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Sep 06, 2007

Heather Kochamma - Iconographer

Frederica is in Spokane again for today's episode and chats with icnonographer Heather Kochamma Durka.

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Aug 30, 2007

A Visit With A Coptic Monk

Today Frederica is in Spokane and has an enlightening visit with a Coptic monk. Don't miss his intoned prayer at the end!

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Aug 23, 2007

Hospitality

Frederica's home parish recently hosted the regional Parish Life Conference and she took the opportunity to give thanks for the warm reception given her and Fr. Gregory when they came into Orthodoxy January 30, 1992.

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Aug 16, 2007

The Western Liturgical Rite in Orthodoxy

An informal chat with the wives of two priests from Western Rite parishes in the Antiochian Archdiocese.

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Aug 10, 2007

The Comfort of Death

Today Frederica is in her car on the way to a speaking engagement. While we are thinking about the Dormition of the Theotokos, Frederica reflects on an aspect of our mortality that is very comforting.

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Aug 03, 2007

The Dating Game

In between bites at the burger joint (recorded BEFORE the fast!), Frederica talks about courtship and dating.

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Jul 27, 2007

Victoria’s Secret

We are walking with Frederica in a shopping mall today only to be bombarded by inappropriate images from a certain famous store.

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Jul 20, 2007

St. Anna Icon

A weeping icon exuding myrrh is not something one sees everyday. Frederica talks to the priest of a parish where it did.

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Jul 13, 2007

Organic Foods

Frederica, only occasionally distracted by her grandson, chats with daughter Megan about the foods we eat and maybe shouldn't eat.

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Jul 06, 2007

Orthodox Vestments

Frederica is in Portland this week chatting with Kh. Krista West about the history and significance of Orthodox vestments. Krista makes vestments for clergy and has a web site where you can see her products.

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Jun 29, 2007

Confessor

Frederica chats with her father confessor about what it is like to hear confessions and to offer the forgiveness of Christ and his Church.

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Jun 22, 2007

Bonnaroo

Today Frederica is in her living room chatting with her son Stephen about last week's Bonnaroo music festival. Listen close and you might hear a revelation about someone who was at Woodstock 38 years ago!

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Jun 15, 2007

A Malibu Conversation with Barbara Nicolosi

Christian screen writer Barbara Nicolosi joins Frederica at a Malibu cafe for an informal conversation about Christian attempts at film producing. Barbara is the editor of "Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture."

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Jun 08, 2007

Muvico

Frederica is outside of the ornate (and a bit tattered) Muvico theatre near Baltimore in today's episode.

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Jun 01, 2007

Catechumens on the Way to Dinner

In her debut podcast, Frederica invites us into the back seat of her car to listen in on a conversation she is having with her husband, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green about catechumens. Feel free to listen, but don't make them miss their turn.

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