Frederica Mathewes-Green

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Frederica Mathewes-Green (born 1952) is an Eastern Orthodox author and speaker on the subjects of religion and abortion.

Mathewes-Green holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina (1974) and an MA in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary (1977). Her husband, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, is an Eastern Orthodox priest and former Episcopal priest who was one of the undersigneds of the Baltimore Declaration.[1] She converted to Orthodoxy from the Episcopal Church in 1993 along with her husband and some parishioners from their former parish. [2] She writes about Orthodoxy with a folksy and humorous style that have led to comparisons to Erma Bombeck and Garrison Keillor. [3]

Mathewes-Green is strongly pro-life and writes and speaks against abortion. She is also critical of the more extreme elements of the pro-life movement and advocates more dialogue with pro-choice advocates.[4] She has served on the steering committee of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice[5] and is a past vice-president of Feminists for Life of America.[6] She was also one of 40 reviewers of the Bible Literacy Project's literature curriculum for public high schools, The Bible and Its Influence.


Her books include:

  • Facing East, which recounts her experience as a convert to Orthodoxy.
  • The Corner of East and Now, a sequel to Facing East.
  • First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew, a devotional book for the Orthodox season of Great Lent.
  • The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation, a spiritual book.
  • The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer (Pocket Faith Series, 4), a devotional book focusing on icons.
  • Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism
  • Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion

She has also contributed to the series, The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years, produced by the Society to Explore and Record Christian History.


  1. ^ Biography -
  2. ^ Facing East pp. 1-2
  3. ^ At the Corner of East and Now
  4. ^ 'Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Can We Talk?'
  5. ^ The Common Ground Network for Life and Choice Manual
  6. ^ p. 15

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