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Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church Paperback – January 19, 2011
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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
About the Author
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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This books rendering for the Kindle is only adequate. Some of the text and headings have been misaligned, and there is no `active' table of contents. That said, it does not take long to flip through the book and place ones own bookmarks as needed.
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 $8 price tag alone. The second by a 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 than suited for inclusion here, as it again emphasises the need for scriptural reflection as opposed to blindly accepting the `fundamentalist' interpretation of scripture so often bandied about.
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.