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Today I am thrilled to introduce the next guest in our interview series— Frederica Mathewes-Green. 

Frederica is an Orthodox Christian and the author of nine books, including the critically-acclaimed and beautifully-written Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey Into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy.  She speaks and writes about a wide range of topics—from the pro-life movement, to women in the church, to movies and pop culture, to religious philosophy and faith. Over 700 of her articles and essays have been published. 

Frederica began her faith journey as a Roman Catholic,  dabbled in Hinduism, then converted to Anglicanism, before finding her home in the Orthodox Church.  She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the parish they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church. Their three children are grown and married, and they have eleven grandchildren.

I had the pleasure of sharing a meal with Frederica earlier this year, and she was absolutely delightful. I could have talked with her for hours. 

You can learn more about Frederica on her Web site.

You know the drill! If you have a question for Frederica about Orthodox Christianity, leave it in the comment section. At the end of the day, I’ll pick the top seven or eight questions and send them to Frederica. Be sure to take advantage of the “like” feature so that we can get a sense of what questions are of most interest to readers. 

(For inspiration, see the rest of the entries in our interview series, which include conversations with an atheist, a Catholic, an Orthodox Jew, a humanitarian, a Mormon, a Mennonite, an evolutionary creationist, a Calvinist, a gay Christian, and a Quaker.) 

Remember that the point is not to debate or challenge, but to ask the sort of questions that will help us understand one another better. In fact, Frederica suggested checking out this fantastic article from The New York Times about “How To Ask Proper Questions At A Public Event” that most certainly applies here. 

Ask away!

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