H/t to a dear friend who would probably be scandalized to learn where this has been re-posted. 😉
C. S. Lewis, from A Grief Observed
by Sister Vassa Larin
New beginnings in community
Gender issues and the Church
Fr. Alexis Vinogradov
July 10, 2011
The vertical axis and the Creed
It has been a while since we reminded people of the purpose, goals and rules of this group. It seems that now may be a good time since we have acquired quite a few new members recently.
Response To Myself
Is the legalization of same sex marriage/union a threat to the Orthodox Church’s stance on matrimony being the sanctified union of one man and one woman? This question is again becoming the focus of many Orthodox Christians in light of the recent passage by the New York State legislature to legalize same sex marriage.
The monk will never taste the experience (the real event) of sharing his life, his existence. Of sharing with someone else his body, his desire and his instinctive urges, the food that he has won by his labour, whatever sorrows he experiences, whatever joys. The monk will never share his name with anyone, that which ensures participation in the communion of relations. He will never taste any kind of sharing of himself, any “loss” of the “soul” a sharing or “loss” which is, moreover, also self-evident, “natural”, without the slightest possibility of being experienced as a reward for virtue.
Here is the question I have been pondering for a long time: how does one get people to dialogue? The urgency of certain issues is clearly not recognized in the same way across the spectrum of our fellow sojourners in the Church. Similarly, the need for discourse is perceived as a dangerous challenge in many circles, a risk most in vulnerable positions, primarily ordained clergy and academics, are unwilling to undertake.
Channeling my inner academic here, I’d like to offer an outline of what I think are very different paths that I see as being currently intertwined in our discussion. Perhaps it could be beneficial to separate them? I am very interested in the input of the others in this group.