Frederica Mathewes-Green

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Frederica Mathewes-Green (born 27 October 1952)[1] is an American author and speaker in the national forum on topics related to Eastern Orthodox belief and practice.

She holds a degree in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary (1977). Her husband, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, an Eastern Orthodox priest, was a signatory of the Baltimore Declaration.[2] She converted to Orthodoxy from the Episcopal Church in 1993 along with her husband and some parishioners from their former parish.[3] She writes about Orthodoxy with a folksy and humorous style that have led to comparisons to Erma Bombeck and Garrison Keillor.[4] She has been active in the pro-life movement: she 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]


Her books include:

  • Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, 2015.
  • The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God, 2009.
  • Mary as the Early Christians Knew Her: the Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts, 2007. (Original title, The Lost Gospel of Mary.)
  • First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew, 2005. A devotional book for the Orthodox season of Great Lent.
  • Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, 1997. Recounts her experience as a convert to Orthodoxy.
  • At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy, 1999. A sequel to Facing East.
  • The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation, 2001. A spiritual book.
  • The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer (Pocket Faith Series, 4), 2003. A devotional book focusing on icons.
  • Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism, 2002.
  • Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, 1994.

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. ^ "Frederica Mathewes-Green". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Bio -". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ Facing East pp. 1-2.
  4. ^ "At the Corner of East and Now". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ "The Common Ground Network for Life and Choice Manual" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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