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"Too often the discussion around homosexuality in the Church focuses on sin, when the real question before us should be: How can the Church faithfully minister to and love homosexual Orthodox Christians? Jesus befriended those who were marginalized because he knew it was only in the security of loving, unconditional relationships that hearts and lives are healed. Similarly, we cannot explore the issue of homosexuality without hearing the life, stories, and witness of faithful, Orthodox Christians who happen to be gay."  - Justin R. Cannon, Editor

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The Rev. Justin R. Cannon is the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), a Christian ministry seeking a revitalization of the church that is inclusive of all people in the life and ministry of the church regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and also grounded in the scriptures and traditions of the Christian faith. Rev. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011. Rev. Cannon’s work has been featured in The Advocate, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Rev. Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year and in 2007 as one of Instinct Magazine’s Men of the Year. He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) and has a strong interest in eco-theology and environmentalism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456416871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456416874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Rev. Justin R. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He is the founder of Inclusive Orthodoxy and a published author/editor. From 2009-2012 he worked as Program Manager of Episcopal Charities, San Francisco, and he is currently serving as Priest-in-Charge at St. Giles' Episcopal Church in Moraga, California. Father Justin was ordained in the Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and in 2006 Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine's Top 100 most influential gay people of the year. In November 2007, he was honored as one of Instinct's 2007 Leading Men of the Year.

He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes and has a strong interest in ecotheology and environmental ministries.

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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Danny on March 24, 2011
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This book was very disappointing. Most of the information in this book already appears on the internet which has been committed to paper and now you have to buy the book to read it. My recommendation is that you do not buy it. As a member of the Anglican church, Mr Canon has little authority to speak for Orthodox Chisitans. And apparently very little new to say. There is very little help for Eastern Orthodox gay and lesbian parishoners in this work. It simply repeats the point of the Episcopal, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ theologies. If one agrees with the premise of this book, better to leave the Orthodox Church and join one of the above. That Axios was destroyed by an embittered member, may be an interesting story,but says more about the struggles of the Axios members and their own personal turmoil, than it does about the priests, hierarchy and general laity's view of homosexuality in the Orthodox Church. Although I confess I struggle with the passion of same sex attraction, and many other passions, my struggle does not change and cannot change Truth. I flee to the Church for help in my struggle and to pursue that which is lovely, pure, and good all the while sailing on the rough seas of life in the Ark of salvation. A metaphor of course for Noah's ark, by the way, that was smelly and ripe from all those animals cooped up for 40 days. No one denies the Church is often ripe as well with a cargo of imperfect humans seeking to ride to the safe haven of God's love. This Ark includes adultereres, liars, those who judge others, the weak, the strong, the power hungry, those who lust for money, fame and fortune, and heterosexuals who engage in sexual acts outside of marriage.Read more ›
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James on May 21, 2013
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Anyone who has had the misfortune of running into Mr. Cannon or his life partner knows exactly what they are about and would stay 100ft from this book. Mr. Cannon and his life partner spend their time pushing their agenda online and other places as well. If you happen to disagree with them then you are probably well aware of the blowback one gets from it. I encountered them online and tried to explain to them that their sexual preference was none of my business, however, this was not an acceptable answer apparently. I am amazed at how much time they, or at least one of them, spends tearing people apart on various online forums, facebook, youtube, etc.

This book is nothing new. I was expecting something a bit different than what I had seen from them so far, however this is not the case. Mr. Cannon seems to think he is some kind of authority, the kind that everyone listens to when he talks, however, this pretentious image bleeds through when speaking with him or reading his other works. He is not an ecclesiastical authority and has turned away from Orthodoxy because it did not suit his lifestyle preference. I can only hope that he and his life partner do not see this review, while I cannot prove it, I am sure it is them behind the unnecessary harassment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny Zawyrucha on April 1, 2013
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As a non-Orthodox gay man who has been drawn to Orthodoxy for years this book has given me much food for thought. It treads the line between pushing for change and maintaining the tradition that makes Orthodoxy so special, arguing that the church can deal with the issue in an honest and truly compassionate way while still holding on to its integrity and commitment to truth. It avoids making blanket pronouncements about the answer to this thorny question, instead merely providing access to perspectives that most Orthodox have likely not been exposed to as a jumping off point for sincere discussion based in people's real life experiences rather than fear of the unknown and bigoted stereotypes.

This is a book for anyone who truly wants to look the issue in the eye.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lynn E. Walker on February 14, 2011
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I found the book to be interesting and valuable, for it revealed a new and alternative view, along with the personal stories of individuals who have experienced the dilemma of reconciling a homosexual identity with Orthodox Christian faith. I would like for it to have been longer, for I find that the testimonies of individuals, and the recounting of their faith journeys, to be of great help. It is through listening to the voices of real people that we can gain insight and compassion. Many thanks to the editor and authors for their courage to write these candid and comforting words.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Woody on February 14, 2011
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I love the amazing work that Justin has done for both the church and the gay community. He's managed to shed light on seemingly obscure passages by adding weight to the understanding of textual criticism, and he's also managed to bless the souls of those men and women struggling with how to reconcile their sexuality and their faith. Justin is a leader whose work is fanning the flames of the Holy Spirit's work in the gay community.

Thank you Justin for helping me in my own journey to embrace myself as a gay man and as a Christian. God bless you!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr Barry Growden on January 25, 2011
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This is a slim volume for such a weighty and complex subject. But what we have here is not some theological treatise on the subject matter, but rather the personal testimonies and reflections of those who have had direct experience in this area; of those, I think it fair to say, who for no fault of their own, have suffered at the hands of a cold and non-compassionate Christian Orthodoxy. Mr. Cannon has assembled a small but representative collection of testimonies and articles that more than adequately represent the issues involved in this debate.

Four personal testimonies are followed by three important and stimulating articles. The first by Bishop Jessep is a historical and theological tour-de-force and is well worth $12 price tag alone. The second by Fr. George Battelle is a fascinating personal and historical reflection on over thirty years of involvement in both Orthodoxy and gay rights. Finally there is an article on Biblical references and their interpretation by Mr. Cannon himself, which though having been published before is more that suited for inclusion here.

In his preface Mr. Cannon states that his "prayer is that this anthology will open up dialogue and discussion within the Orthodox Church". I am not sure that this can be so fully realised in such a slim volume as this, but it certainly is a good starting point and as such this book ought to be read by both those`involved' in this debate, as well as those interested in this awakening dialogue within orthodoxy regarding this subject.
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