Throughout the ages the Church has changed its position on various pastoral issues, accepting new discoveries, adapting to contemporary situations, and showing mercy to its faithful.
By expressing our stories, Orthodox Christians who are gay have the opportunity to hopefully one day change the official position of the Church on issues such as sexual orientation and gay marriage.
Please feel free to leave your comments and share your stories – they can be anonymous or you may include your name and email address.
There exist two distinct Christian communions known by the appellation "Orthodox," namely the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodoxy.
Certainly our stories have already changed the views of numerous faithful members of the Orthodox Church.
We invite you to read the commentary on the Reflections section of this website.
For Christians the rules depend on which church you belong to; Protestant evangelicals are more tolerant of divorce than are the Coptic Orthodox, for instance, and Syrian Orthodox regulations stipulate—among other things—that a man may not marry a woman who breastfed him.
For Western (Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant) Christian, and for the Eastern (Orthodox) Christian traditions.The first factor, the calendar, has to do with the fact that the Christian Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian calendar when calculating the date of Pascha (Easter).The rest of Christianity uses the Gregorian calendar.While this year Catholic Easter is today the Orthodox Church will celebrate it next Sunday, April 12, 2015 (in 2016 Orthodox Easter is on May 1st).Occasionally we do celebrate Pascha on the same day. The two dates coincide when the full moon following the equinox comes so late that it counts as the first full moon after 21 March in the Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian.