Carrie Frederick Frost

I am a theologian, trustee, professor, Montessorian, lifelong Orthodox Christian, wife, and mother of five living in the Pacific Northwest.

Online Articles

“Not a Novelty: The Eastern Orthodox Case for Deaconesses,” Commonweal, June 2, 2017.
On the current consideration of reviving the female diaconate in the Orthodox Church.

“Orthodox Christianity: Offering Material Piety to Twenty-first Century America,” Public Orthodoxy, May 17, 2017.
Orthodox Christianity’s reverence for matter offers a different, more complete vision of the material world.

“Childbirth is a Blessing, Not an Occasion for Impurity,” Public Orthodoxy, April 26, 2017.
A look at the theologically unsound connection between impurity and childbirth in the Church’s pos-tpartum prayers, and the changes that are thankfully coming to these prayers.

“Women Deacons in Africa; Not in America,” Public Orthodoxy, March 2, 2017.
Analysis on why women are being consecrated deaconesses in Africa but not in the US.

“Women Willing to Offer Themselves: The Historic Consecration of Deaconesses in Africa,”" The Wheel, March 2, 2017.
Reflections on the incredible courage of the first deaconesses of the Orthodox Church in the twenty-first century.

“‘Let Them Come Unto Us’: Rearing Children Within an Eastern Orthodox Marriage Tradition,” Family Wellness Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, July 4, 2016.
Thoughts on the ascetical endeavor that is parenthood.

“The Power of a Mother’s Prayer,” Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Blog, July 1, 2016.
A short meditation on a mother’s prerogative to pray for her children.

“Pentecost on Crete?” Commonweal, May 24, 2016.
An anticipatory look at the Holy and Great Orthodox Council of June 2016.

“A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break,” Family Wellness Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, June 20, 2016.
Reflections on my own mother's suffering and the way she understood it in light of her Orthodoxy.

“In Hope of Restoration of Communion Between the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches,” Public Orthodoxy, Orthodox Theological Society of America Special Project on the Holy and Great Orthodox Council, May 2016, with co-authors Vigen Guroian, Valerie Zahirsky, and Jennifer Haddad Mosher.
A simple plea for the Council to remember the relations between its churches and those of the Oriental Orthodox.

“Women and the Great and Holy Orthodox Council,” Public Orthodoxy, Orthodox Theological Society of America Special Project on the Holy and Great Orthodox Council, April 1, 2016, with co-authors Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Teva Regule, Alexandra Lobas Safchuk, and Gayle E. Woloschak.
An article that looked to the inclusion of women in the Holy and Great Council.

“Churching: The Orthodox Rite of Churching the Mother and Child After Childbirth,” Saint Phoebe Center for the Deaconess, April 2016.
A four-part series that explores the past, present, and future of the Orthodox Churching prayers.

“The Sacrament of Love,” Commonweal, February 10, 2016.
An Orthodox understanding of marriage and remarriage.

“The Need for Liturgical Rites for Miscarriage and Infant Death,” Orthodox Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion, Winter 2016.
An acknowledgement of the great need for prayers having to do with these matters.

“Does the Council Matter to My Mother?” First Things Online, July 2015.
My take on the 2015 meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society of America's conference that anticipated the 2016 Council.

“I must watch over you”: The virtue of familial responsibility, The Clarion Review, December 2013.
Finding a theology of family in Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter.

“Purify Her Uncleanness,” First Things Online, December 2012.
A brief look at the history and theology of the childbearing rites of the Orthodox Church, with a case made for altering them.

“Under Her Heart: Motherhood in Kristin Lavransdatter,” First Things Online, January 2011.
The full, nuanced, and rare treatment of motherhood in the epic trilogy about a pious Christian woman in fourteenth century Norway.

“Brood Comments,” Salvo, Winter 2009.
The unintentionally public experience of parenting a large family.

“Easter in Technicolor,” Commonweal, April 2007.
The ancient tradition of Ukrainian egg dyeing and its theological import.

Offline Articles and Books

Women's Voices on the Holy and Great Council, Faith Matters Series, Vol. 4., co-edited with Father Nathanael Symeonides. Department of Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, forthcoming in 2017.
A group of international Orthodox women writing on the 2016 Holy and Great Council and anticipating future Councils.

“A Postpartum Portrait: The Mother of God in Icons of the Nativity of Her Son,” Orthodoxy and the Sacred Arts, Sophia Studies in Orthodox Theology, vol. 10, 2016.
The theology and history behind the different depictions of the Mother of God in Nativity icons.

A Theology of Motherhood (dissertation), Religious Studies Department of the University of Virginia, 2015.
A theological consideration of motherhood inspired by the iconography, homilies, theology, and liturgy of the Orthodox Church.

“The Time Has Come: The Why and the How of Bringing Change to the Postpartum Rites of the Orthodox Church,” Love, Marriage, and Family in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Sophia Studies in Orthodox Theology, vol. 7., 2013.
An examination of the history and theology of the childbearing rites of the Church, with a report on how change to these rites might come about.

“Searching for Mothers in the Fathers,” Sophia, Sophia Studies in Orthodox Theology, vol. 1, 2009.
The challenges and rewards of seeking theological thought on motherhood in patristic sources, with particular attention paid to John Chrysostom's homilies on Hannah.

Select Presentations

“The Depiction of Motherhood in Orthodox Iconography,” Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio, November 6, 2016, program 76.

“A Postpartum Portrait: The Mother of God in Icons of the Nativity of Her Son,” The Sophia Institute Conference, 2016.

“Accept Their Crowns into Your Kingdom: An Orthodox Christian Understanding of Marriage,” Huffington Ecumenical Symposium on Christian Family Life and the Challenges of Faithfulness, 2016.

“Pastoral Care of Perinatal and Infant Loss: The Importance of Rites,” Orthodox Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion Conference, 2016.

“Women in the Orthodox Church,” Saint Sophia Orthodox Church, Bellingham, Washington, 2015.

“John Chrysostom on Women and Mothers,” Saint Anselm Institute “Doctors of the Church Series,” University of Virginia, 2014.

“Women, Mothers, Children, and the Church,” Presentation to 20th Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, 2013.

“The Time Has Come: The Why and the How of Bringing Change to the Postpartum Rites of the Orthodox Church,” The Sophia Institute Conference, 2013.

“An Introduction to a Theology of Motherhood,” Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church of Greenwood, Virginia Parish Speaker Series, 2009.

“A Theological Vision of Motherhood,” Women Disciples of the Lord Conference, Saint Vladimir's Seminary, 2011.

“Searching for Mothers in the Fathers,” The Sophia Institute Conference, 2009.

Affiliations

PhD, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2015

Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of Virginia, 2014

Professor, Saint Sophia Orthodox Seminary

Board Member, Saint Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess

Board Member, International Orthodox Theological Association

Trustee Chair, Historic Walnut Grove Cemetery, Bluefield, West Virginia

Member, Orthodox Theological Society of America

Fellow, Sophia Institute, International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture

Former Administrator and Editor of Paradosis, University of Virginia

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