Katerina Katsarka Whitley


Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece is a long-term writer for these pages. She worked as diocesan editor in the Diocese of East Carolina and as the PR & Communication associate for the then Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief during Bishop Edmond Browning’s tenure. She is the author of seven books in circulation and an active public speaker and performer. She lives in Boone, N.C. where she teaches at Appalachian State University.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Opening Our Minds To the Ascension, Ascension Day – 2013

May 09, 2013

The commemoration of the Ascension passes us by in this country. In places where the Eastern Church is prevalent it’s an important feast day, up there in importance with Christmas and Pentecost. In many places, it’s a work holiday. Always falling on a Thursday, the word “Ascension” passes through lips casually, but it is doubtful […]

To Hear and Obey, Proper 22 (C) – 2013

October 06, 2013

Obedience, a highly prized virtue in the biblical narratives, is rather despised today. Pause for a moment to remember being obedient as a child. Was it required of you? Did you resent it? Do your children resent being obedient to you? Every child resents having to obey parents and teachers, but we all know that […]

Jesus’ Hour, Epiphany 2 (C) – 2013

January 20, 2013

In this charming and exhilarating story, Jesus is the protagonist but says very little – only three short sentences – yet the whole story is filled with the light of his Epiphany. The account unfolds before us as images instead of narration. A wedding celebration is taking place and, as was the custom, the wedding […]

Living Without Fear, Proper 8 (B) – 2012

July 01, 2012

Today’s readings reinforce for us the undeniable reality that suffering is not unique to us or to our times, and that we know very little about the ultimate meaning of death. Wars, hunger, economic disasters abound and bring us to despair; personal illness, pain, and loss in our families cause us to lose hope. Sometimes […]

Obedience, Not Ritual, Proper 17 (B) – 2012

September 02, 2012

Ritual is essential in life. National, religious or familial, rituals offer us the comfort of repetition and familiarity as they lend beauty to occurrences that otherwise might be considered mundane. Observe a little child who asks for the same story night after night – this is her ritual – or your own delight in keeping […]

Thy Will Be Done, Palm Sunday (B) – 2012

April 01, 2012

What words can one utter after the reading of this gospel? The most dramatic events in all creation are recounted by Mark in his customary simplicity and minimal use of words, but both the telling and the hearing break the heart. We ask: How can people be so cruel? How could the disciples have been […]

We Are Now in the Realm of Mystery, Epiphany 1 (B) – 2012

January 08, 2012

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” It is the narrative simplicity of this verse from the first chapter of Mark that stuns at first reading. John the Baptizer had been working hard on the banks of the river, calling people to repentance and proclaiming […]

An Undeniable Characteristic…, Thanksgiving Day (A) – 2011

November 24, 2011

An undeniable characteristic of St. Paul is his continuous, almost bubbling gratitude for his redemption through Jesus Christ. This is the meaning of true joy – a reality not dependent on circumstances but on a radical change of being. From a human standpoint, Paul would have been much better off had he remained a Pharisee. […]

Jesus’ Cousin…, Proper 13 (A) – 2011

July 31, 2011

[NOTE TO READER: The Greek word “esplahnisthē” in the fifth paragraph is pronounced “Es-plah-NEES-thee.”] Jesus’ cousin, the one who went before him to open the way, is dead. Both John and Jesus had started their brief ministries as courageous prophets, proclaiming God’s justice, calling people to repentance, inviting them to find their way to God. […]

The Story Of the Coming Of the Holy Spirit…, Day of Pentecost (A) – 2011

June 12, 2011

The story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in an almost visible form – a form that was perceived by the senses – is one of the most dramatic stories in the New Testament. Ten days have passed since the One who had filled their lives with meaning, then with unbearable sorrow and bewilderment […]

Temptation Is a Word, Lent 1 (A) – 2011

March 13, 2011

“Temptation” is a word that has absented itself from this culture’s vocabulary and thinking. It’s so much easier to just give into it. “Save us from the time of trial,” the modern version of the Lord’s Prayer has substituted in place of “Lead us not into temptation.” But everything in the current culture points to […]

Good Friday Comes Every Year…, Good Friday – 2010

April 02, 2010

“For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” Good Friday comes every year with its unique burden of grief. We know the story, we have heard it, felt it, […]

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