Gender and Sexuality

Publications: 22

Why We Need Nature
Bridging Voices Project, Gender and Sexuality

Why We Need Nature

by David Bradshaw This essay is part of a series stemming from the ongoing research project “Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Identity and the Challenges of Pluralism and Sexual Diversity in a Secular Age,” which is a joint venture by scholars from Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the University of Exeter, funded by the British…

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Oikonomia for the Majority—Akriveia for the Minority
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality

Oikonomia for the Majority—Akriveia for the Minority

by John A. Heropoulos  |  ελληνικά One of the Orthodox Church’s greatest strengths is the pastoral care used to nurture the faithful.  The authority to offer spiritual care is vested in the bishop and extended to the local community through the parish priest; the spiritual father of a particular flock. Through the sacrament of Holy…

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Listening to LGBT+ Christians
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality

Listening to LGBT+ Christians

by Tim Markatos “All models are wrong,” the saying goes among statisticians, “but some are useful.” The modern language of LGBTQ+ identity, while often unhelpfully obfuscating the boundaries between ontology, phenomenology, and epistemology, has been tremendously helpful in uniting and giving voice to people whose experience of sexual attraction and gender is at odds with…

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St. Kassiani, Sex Workers, and FOSTA-SESTA
Gender and Sexuality, Women in the Church

St. Kassiani, Sex Workers, and FOSTA-SESTA

This is not an essay 1) advocating sex work or 2) denying the need for repentance. This is an essay asking us to reconsider how we treat sex workers. If there is one thing that even the most theologically illiterate can accurately remember about the life of Christ, it is that he hung around with a questionable crowd:…

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Dialogue, Church Teaching, and the German Orthodox Bishops’ Letter on Love, Sexuality, and Marriage
Gender and Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Dialogue, Church Teaching, and the German Orthodox Bishops’ Letter on Love, Sexuality, and Marriage

by Will Cohen In a 2015 address at the University of Munich, Metropolitan John Zizioulas observed that “[t]he agenda of Theology is set by history.”  By “history” he meant the concerns and questions particular to a given age, as he underscores in adding, “This was known to the Fathers of the Church who were in…

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Beyond the Binary <br><span style='color:#8D8381;font-size:18px;'>Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender</span>
Gender and Sexuality, Liturgical Life

Beyond the Binary
Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender

Much like gender itself, Orthodox understandings of gender span a spectrum of diverse views. Many who address “the problem of gender” or the “role of women in the church” rely on an assumption that any theological interpretation of gender is necessarily situated along a cisgender binary. Simply, individuals with male bodies identify as “men” and…

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