Church of Our Granddaughters. Cascade Books, 2023.

Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East. Paulist, 2019.


The Reception of the Holy and Great Council: Reflections of Orthodox Christian Women. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Affairs, 2018.

A Chorus of Faith: A Festschrift in Honor of Vigen Guroian. Cascade Books, forthcoming in 2024.


Church of Our Granddaughters

Church of Our Granddaughters is a visionary work of theology and ethics that looks hopefully and lovingly two generations into the future, imagining the Orthodox Church’s practices and realities rightfully aligned with its core theological teachings and truths regarding women. This reverent but bold work offers the necessary insight and inspiration to create a community which welcomes all its members, our granddaughters as well as our grandsons, thus allowing the Orthodox Church to better incarnate its mission of service and transfiguration. 

Church of Our Granddaughters is now available from Cascade Books and major booksellers such as Amazon.


Select Reviews of Church of Our Granddaughters

Reviewed on IOTA Forum by Luis Salés

Rachel Contos on Church of Our Granddaughters: Method

Marianne Boules on Church of Our Granddaughters: A Reflection on a Lifetime as the Second Sex in the Orthodox Church

Marika Proktor on Church of Our Granddaughters: On Reading the Epistle

Laura Wilson on Church of Our Granddaughters: The Ministry Women are Already Doing

An Amazon Review by a Reader

Select Endorsements for Church of Our Granddaughters

“Carrie Frederick Frost’s work is convicting and compelling, heartbreaking and heartening. To read it is to hear a prophetic voice, fueled by agape, calling the Orthodox Church to repentance. Blending incisive arguments, historical evidence, and personal experiences, Church of our Granddaughters invites readers to restore and release the vibrancy of Orthodoxy’s tradition on pastoral care for women and female leadership and ministry. It should be read by every hierarch, priest, deacon, and lay person who cares about Orthodox Christianity’s present…and future.”

-REV. PERRY T. HAMALIS, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, North Central College 

“Carrie Frederick Frost offers a breath of fresh air in tack­ling the role of women in the Orthodox Church. She is honest and courageous in confronting both the challenges that still face women, and positive in providing constructive ways forward. Issues of ‘purity,’ equality, and leadership af­fect every member of the Church regardless of their gender. Frost is balanced and scholarly, but also passionate in her drive to bring about change for future generations.”

—MARY B. CUNNINGHAM, University of Nottingham

 “Nuanced, humane, and above all culturally and theologi­cally literate, this is a wonderful contribution to Christian reflection both within and beyond the Orthodox Church. It is not some indiscriminate plea for Enlightenment ethics to take over from theology, but a fresh, careful sifting and highlighting of the tradition itself, manifestly seeking the integrity and spiritual health of the Body of Christ.”

—ROWAN WILLIAMS, former archbishop of Canterbury

 “Carrie Frederick Frost makes a dire claim: the Orthodox Church is already in a state of schism over women. But Frost also knows that God excels in reconciling the estranged. In this brief, beautiful study, Frost courageously names where Or­thodox practice has betrayed the gospel, proposes solutions of theological and spiritual integrity, and envisions a Church that any woman, of any tradition, would be pleased and proud for her granddaughter to call home.”

—SARAH HINLICKY WILSON, author of Woman, Women, Priesthood in the Trinitarian Theology of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel

 “A thoughtfully compiled and deeply personal contempla­tion on the complexity of being a practicing Orthodox Christian woman today. This book is a helpful tool for both men and women navigating their personal and spiritual path within the complexity of Orthodoxy with its incredible theology and its distinct cultural heritage bearing a lingering problematic of twenty centuries of patriarchal legacy.”

—ELENA NARINSKAYA, co-editor of Women and Ordination in the Orthodox Church


“Carrie Frederick Frost’s excellent review of the ways Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches can move to a revitalized future brings encouragement to all who recog­nize the resurrection in every living person. Her careful review of customs regarding women is rooted in the gospel teachings of the dignity and value of all. Church of Our Granddaughters is required reading for anyone who hopes the tradition of women deacons can be recovered throughout all Christianity.”

—PHYLLIS ZAGANO, Hofstra University




Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East

My book, Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East, was published by Paulist Press in June of 2019 and can be purchased from Paulist or any major bookseller. 

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.

Select Reviews

“Review: Maternal Body,” Rodica  M. M. Stoicoiu, Horizons, vol. 47, issue 2, December 2020 , pp. 379 – 380. 

“IOTA Book Digest Review of Maternal Body” by Helen Cretics Theodoropolous, June, 29, 2020.

“Review Essay: Maternal Body” review by Eirini Afentoulidou, Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2020.

“Review Essay: Maternal Body” by Fr. Michael Plekon, Pray, Tell, January 1, 2020.

“Book Review: Maternal Body by Sarah Parro, Praxis Magazine, Vol. 19, Issue 3.

“Maternity as Theophany,” review by Agnes B. Howard, Touchstone Magazine, reviewed alongside Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy by Laura S. Jansson.

Review in the German Journal, Religion und Gesellschaft Ost und West, 4/2020. 

“Review Essay: Maternal Body,” review by Rev. Michael Plekon, Pray Tell, January 1, 2020.

Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East” review by Nicole M. Roccas, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, vol. 60, no. 1-4, 2019, pp. 259-262.

Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East” review by Kevin Elphick“, Orthodoxy in Dialogue, November 24, 2019.

“Theology of Motherhood…By Actual Mothers?!” review by Eve Tushnet, Patheos, November 19, 2019.

“Maternal Body: A Review by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko”Public Orthodoxy, September 26, 2019.

Select Endorsements for Maternal Body

In this book, Carrie Frederick Frost has undertaken an act of quiet, powerful courage.  Digging into the treasures of Orthodoxy’s veneration of the Virgin Mary – its hymns, icons, and festal calendar – she seeks resources for theological reflection on the embodied experience of maternity.

Frost follows Mary’s presence during the liturgical year through the sequence of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, post partum, and nursing.  Drawing on her own experience as a mother of five, she explores the physical realities of motherhood –  the maternal body – as a profoundly fruitful source for understanding incarnation, divine-human relationship, and creation as divinely blessed.   In the process, she also engages the problematic ways by which Orthodox theologians have sometimes treated or even neglected the female body in its maternal state.  As she shows, such disregard can result in an impoverished or distorted theological understanding of the human person. Frost challenges us to consider the heights and depths of human-divine encounter through its most basic starting point, the beginning of human life itself.  As she reminds us, that mystery happens in a mother’s body.

Susan Ashbrook Harvey is Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religion and History at Brown University.

Maternal Body may well be the most significant book thus far written in America by an Orthodox woman. There is music, poetry, and visual beauty in it, true to the character of Orthodox faith and worship. Carrie Frederick Frost draws into her theology of motherhood liturgical hymnody, iconographic imagery, and the deep spirituality of the Orthodox Church; all of this deployed in a compellingly personal exploration of a subject sadly neglected by most feminist theology.

Vigen Guroian is an Orthodox Christian theologian and professor who taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola College of Baltimore, and is the author of many theological works, including The Orthodox Reality: Culture, Theology, and Ethics in the Modern World.

The church is often challenged from without, but it is only changed from within. Such change is never simply evolution or adaptation. Genuine transformation is always revolutionary, extensive and inclusive. The entire church must embrace such change in its institutions and expressions, its hierarchy and ministry, as well as its teaching and preaching. In highlighting the unique incarnational reality of the maternal body and motherhood, Carrie Frederick Frost provides a vital component for such organic and essential change by respectfully and insightfully raising her own experience as mother and theologian for conversation and communion with the church. She speaks of change as embodiment, of growth as birth and rebirth. In so doing, what she proposes is not only particularly feminine and particularly Orthodox; above all, it is radically human and Christian. This book can touch lives and transform the life of the church.

Archdeacon Dr. John Chryssavgis is a theologian who serves as advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issue, and is the author of  In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Love, Sexuality, and the Sacrament of Marriage.

It is a rare and wondrous thing to discover a work of theology that breaks new ground while remaining faithful to the ancient deposit of the Christian faith. Carrie Frederick Frost has done just that. Here are no platitudes or generalizations, but the very specific reality of women conceiving, gestating, giving birth to, and breastfeeding new human life as a window into the deepest mysteries of the triune God, iconography, the incarnation, contemplative prayer, and Mary. In bringing this maternal perspective to bear, Frost offers a gentle but incisive critique of aspects of Christian tradition and practice that fall short of the validation of the body created in God’s image. At the end she exhorts mothers in the church to speak to and of the faith from their own experience: may many hear her call! And may Frost continue to lead the way.

Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is Visiting Professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France and author of  
Woman, Women, and the Priesthood in the Trinitarian Theology of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel.

In Maternal Body, wife, mother, and Orthodox theologian Carrie Frederick Frost places motherhood at the center of the mystery of the Incarnation where it belongs. From both a deeply personal and theological viewpoint, she delves into the profound nature of conception, childbearing, childbirthing, postpartum, nursing, and weaning. To exemplify each of these stages, she introduces a rich array of icons, focusing especially on Mary’s maternity of Christ as the paradigm for all mothering and nurturing. Throughout, Frost brings renewed dignity to the physicality of a mother’s body, which she views as incarnational and thus holy. This work is at once a provocative critique and a sensitive reevaluation of the maternal body as it has been depicted in Christian theology, iconography, and liturgical prayer throughout the ages. With passionate conviction, Frost points the way towards a more central role for theologically trained women, female iconographers, and all mothers in the 21stcentury church. A welcome achievement!

Veronica Mary Rolf is a medieval scholar and the award winning author of  An Explorer’s Guide to Julian of Norwichand Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich.

As the author states, “This is not a coffee table book”! Indeed, it is an unprecedented Orthodox Christian theological reflection on embodied motherhood that is faithful to the tradition, yet honest in negotiating the flaws and omissions of the Church. No one can affirm the Incarnation and ignore the body. Carrie Frederick Frost fleshes out the Incarnational significance of the unique experience of the maternal body. She gives voice in the place of silence and enriches our understanding of a theotic theological anthropology.

Aristotle Papanikolaou is Professor of Theology and Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture, Fordham University and Co-founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.



The Reception of the Holy and Great Council: Reflections of Orthodox Christian Women, Editor

Cover of Reception of Holy and Great Council: Reflections of Orthodox Christian Women

This volume includes thirty essays by an international group of Orthodox Christian women who offer a diversity of responses to the Holy and Great Council of 2016 and meaningful reflections on the conciliar life of the Church at large. It includes an essay of mine, “A Legacy of Inclusion: Women and Future Councils,” and is available for purchase on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Marketplace. (New York: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Affairs, 2018.)


A Chorus of Faith: A Festschrift in Honor of Vigen Guroian, Editor

A Chorus of Faith: A Festschrift in Honor of Vigen Guroian, editor. (Cascade Books, forthcoming in 2024)