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

Have You Ever Heard a Verse…, Maundy Thursday – 2010

April 01, 2010

“And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.” Have you ever heard a verse of scripture as if for the […]

Like a Whip, Ash Wednesday – 2010

February 17, 2010

Reading Isaiah 58 knocks the breath out of our self-righteousness. The prophet’s words are addressed to all people and nations who claim belief in a God of justice and love. As citizens of this country and as people who carry the name of Christ, we are commanded to listen carefully. Ash Wednesday is a time […]

The Terror by the Name of Herod, Christmas 2 – 2010

January 03, 2010

The gospel reading today reminds us that Jesus was born at a time that held little to no regard for human life. Emperors and kings reigned supreme, considering themselves equal to gods. They held the power to kill, and there was no one to hold them accountable. We like to think that eventually Christianity changed […]

During Pentecost…, Proper 16 (B) – 2009

August 23, 2009

During Pentecost of Year B of the Lectionary, we have been studying the Gospel of Mark. However, for the past four Sundays we have digressed in order to delve into the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. Today, on the fifth Sunday of trying to absorb the signs and words of Jesus, we conclude […]

The Readings for This Sad Day…, Good Friday – 2009

April 10, 2009

The readings for this sad day and night should stand alone, without the need of a sermon. So it is with trepidation that one approaches this sacred time, aware that the sermon writer cannot add to the tragic story, only make a feeble effort at an interpretation that may sound more personal than universal. Written […]

The Light of Epiphany…, Epiphany 3 (B) – 2009

January 25, 2009

The light of Epiphany shines on a truth accepted by both religious and agnostics: a person who spends his or her life dedicated to a good cause rises above the ordinary and many times is considered a hero. We call this “responding to a call,” acting on a mission. All our heroes, whether saintly or […]

Prologues, Christmas Day (III) – 2008

December 25, 2008

One of the readings suggested for Christmas Day is from the first chapter of Hebrews. It starts out with this introduction: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of […]

The Old Testament Scholar…, Proper 19 (A) – 2008

September 14, 2008

The Old Testament scholar Gerhard von Rad wrote: “Real forgiveness is not a purely interpersonal matter, but it reaches deeply into the relationship of men before God.” The three lectionary passages today, taken from the end of the book of Genesis, from St. Paul’s Letter to the Roman Christians, and from Matthew’s retelling of Jesus’ […]

The Lectionary for Today…, Proper 5 (A) – 2008

June 08, 2008

The lectionary for today is filled with so many themes that one is overwhelmed with riches. There is old Abraham, the ancestor of the promise; the tax collector Matthew, Jairus and his dying daughter, and the woman Jesus encounters, as if by accident, on the way to heal Jairus’ sick child. And in the Epistle, […]

Good Friday Comes to Us…, Good Friday – 2008

March 21, 2008

€œFor we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin€ (Hebrews 4:15). Good Friday comes to us each year with a nearly unbearable weight of remembered pain. We know what will happen. […]

In Both Testament Lessons…, Epiphany 2 (A) – 2008

January 20, 2008

In both Testament lessons and in the gospel of this second Sunday in Epiphany we sense a strong line running through them, like a rope that pulls us up to the realization that God calls us. We surface to the light of Epiphany and pray that this light will assist us in understanding the meaning […]

Listen with Understanding, Epiphany 3 (C) – 2007

January 21, 2007

On this the third Sunday after Epiphany we are presented with images of two public readings from the law and the prophets. These images are highly dramatic, and in visualizing them, we need to also feel some of the emotion of the context in which they were read and some of the excitement of the […]

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