Gender and Sexuality

Publications: 25

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

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 constant dialogue with…

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Beyond the Binary
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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The Holy Trinity and Same-Sex Marriage
Gender and Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

The Holy Trinity and Same-Sex Marriage

Anyone watching the news today is aware that we are living in an age where secular forms of diversity and pluralism are valued over and above biblical truth. This applies especially to issues of gender and sexuality. Activists in the so-called LGBTQ movement have successfully challenged traditional Christian understandings of marriage and family in nearly…

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Conjugal Friendship
Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Theology

Conjugal Friendship

One of the more useful insights of postmodernism, so self-evident that it hardly needs to be said, is that reframing one’s fundamental question will produce a different answer. To the question, “Can two persons of the same gender ‘have sex’ with each other?” we hear from Holy Tradition a resounding no. Yet if we ask,…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Holy and Great Council

Life-Bearing Love: A Too Risky Vision

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The upcoming Great Council, decades in the making, is an opportunity for Orthodoxy to present to the world a vision of the fruitfulness of love…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Holy and Great Council

Sexual Purity and the Vocation of Marriage

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. “The sacred nature of the God-established union and its lofty spiritual content explain the Apostle’s affirmation in Heb. 13:4. That is why the Orthodox Church…

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