Serving Eastern and Orthodox Christians in the San Francisco Bay Area and California providing referrals to supportive clergy as well as encouragement and assistance for the formation of other groups in California
For an Orthodox Church worthy of 21st century and combining Apostolic Tradition, the Orthodox Catholic pheroma and modern scientific truth together.
Here is the website for Axios USA as well as New York historical information. Nicholas Zymaris, our Axios president, has also researched and translated documents on Adelphopoiia, the Orthodox Rite of Brotherhood between same-sex couples, both male or both female.
A sample of Nick's documents below concern two themes:
|Here is a question for you? Did the “evil one” fashion the earlier same-sex Orthodox Service similar to marriage in order to fool people? Or did God use the example of love in the Adelphopoiesis Service to inspire the later heterosexual Orthodox Marriage Service? The latter was Professor Boswell's thesis. Doesn't this undermine the heterosexual Traditional Marriage?|
Find Axios-DC in the nation's capitol. WHEN: Third Friday of every month, 7:30pm WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church; The church is located at 1772 Church Street NW, one block east of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC and 2 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
This group is now forming around a university.
Philip Abrahamson has written a very useful academic paper. ”Homosexuality, Roman Law and the Church: from Tolerence to Crime.”
The story of the Founding and Experience of Axios in Los Angeles California leads us to an understanding of the distinction between Orthodox Doctrine and Orthodox Orthopraxy. The discomfort we face as non-straight Orthodox Christian believers is seldom about Doctrine as has often has been the case in the western churches. Our cognitive dissonance is similar to that of a child who “knows that daddy loves me but he is hitting me.” The mainline hetero-praxy says that gays, but not straights, must accept their lifelong cross of total sexual and partner abstinence. They say: “Throw away your devoted partner of 35 years. It is an abomination.” For those very few gays who agree with that, there will be much support in the Churches. For the rest of us, however, the only solution to our cognitive dissonance is to get informed about the facts and nurture each other in solidarity. Right now, those closeted in the Churches are not talking to those who are out nor those not in Church at all. We must work together to develop some solidarity with each other. The clergy are NOT going to do it. They have retirements to protect and some are even vulnerable themselves.
In fact it is not spiritually safe to hide alone from those you give a holy kiss. Being honest and transparent has always been at the root meaning of the word Orthodox and also of the coming out process itself. Gays who are out hold the greatest paranetic truth that can be given back to the Church. In the process, the Orthodox Church can recover its love for honesty and transparency which marks the Truth. However no one should be pushed to come out before they are ready. The history of Axios demonstrates that only in solidarity can we help each other find the true Holy Orthodox communities that practice hospitality among the philetistic “orthodox” communities. Let us all pray and work for the day when we will be safely able to worship and be served in all Orthodox Churches with honesty, transparency and the non-judgmental love of God that is truly Orthodox. Keep coming back, and contribute if you can, to the Journal of Pan-Orthodox Opinion as a resource for sanity regarding Holy Scripture translations, writings of the Church Fathers and orthopraxis as well as heteropraxis within the Orthodox Churches today.
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