I am a theologian, writer, professor, Orthodox Christian, book lover, birder, amateur naturalist, trustee, friend, wife, and mother of five living in the Pacific Northwest.
My new book is on its way. Church of Our Granddaughters will be published by Cascade Books in 2023.
Church of Our Granddaughters is a visionary work of theology and ethics that looks two generations into the future of the Orthodox Church, hopefully and lovingly imagining a Church that has aligned its core theological teachings and truths with its practices and realities regarding women. The result is a bold but reverent work that offers the necessary insight and inspiration for the Orthodox Church to create a community in which all members are welcomed—our granddaughters as well as our grandsons—thus allowing the Church to better live out its mission of service and transfiguration.
My book on motherhood, theology, the body, and our incarnational reality as humans, Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East, was published by Paulist Press in 2019.
In Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East, Carrie Frederick Frost places Orthodox Christian sources on motherhood—icons, hymns, and prayers—into conversation with each other. In so doing, she brings an anchored vision of motherhood to the twenty-first century, especially the embodied experience of motherhood.
Along the way, Frost addresses practices of the Church that have neglected mothers’ bodies, offering insight for others who also choose to live within truth-bearing but flawed traditions.
Whether female or male, whether mothers or not, whether mothers adoptive or biological—we each make our appearance in the cosmos through a maternal body; our mother’s body gives us our own body. In these bodies we live our lives and find our way into the next. From the unexpected and fresh vantage point of the maternal body, Frost offers new ways of understanding our incarnate experience as humans and better cultivating a relationship with our Creator.
I contributed to Women and Ordination in the Orthodox Church, edited by Gabrielle Thomas and Elena Narinskaya. My chapter is “A Flourishing Diaconate will Ground–Not Predetermine–Conversation about Women in the Priesthood.”
Women and Ordination is available for purchase from Cascade Books or any major bookseller.