Clockwise from top left:
Metropolitan Joseph, Father Josiah Trenham, Metropolitan Tikhon, Father John Parker, David Ford
Orthodoxy in Dialogue has repeatedly called on Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese and Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America to halt and apologize for their jurisdictions’ war on LGBTQ Orthodox Christians.
The silence from Englewood and Syosset is deafening. They. Just. Don’t. Care.
While both Metropolitans have silenced priests and deacons who dared to offer proposals for what a merciful, respectful, engaged Orthodox ministry to LGBTQ children, teens, women, and men might look like, they have allowed the discursive violence of Father Josiah Trenham, Father John Parker, Prof. David Ford, and others against us—and their dog whistles for physical violence against us—to go uncensured.
When you’ve spent your entire life on the receiving end of hate speech and emotional, spiritual, and physical violence from your parents, your faith community, your peers, and random strangers, you learn to take the dog whistles as seriously as the more overt incitements to violence.
It’s not too late. Repent of your evil words, deeds, and omissions. Get down on your hands and knees and beg for forgiveness from God and from those whom you have hurt. Set an example for your sheep of what true Christian humility and confession of sins look like.
Your LGBTQ sons and daughters are waiting for you. Our very lives depend on it.
See the Bridging Voices, Fifty Years after Stonewall, Josiah Trenham: The Scandal, Sexuality and Gender, and Warwick Files sections in our Archives 2017-19 and/or Archives 2020. See especially Bishop Stephen Andrews of Wycliffe College Issues Apology to see how it’s done.
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