RECOMMENDED READING FOR PRIDE MONTH

As we approach the end of Pride Month, Orthodoxy in Dialogue recommends the following readings to the hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and laity of the Orthodox Church, and to those looking to our Church for guidance and insight. Each reading, in its own way, addresses one of the most pressing theological, spiritual, and pastoral questions of our time: how to provide a welcoming spiritual and ecclesial home to persons of variant sexual and gender identities, and to articulate a profoundly Orthodox vision for the transformation of every person’s sexual and gender identity into a site of growing day by day in the greater likeness of Christ through the Holy Spirit. These readings, listed in alphabetical order, in no way imply Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s endorsement of every aspect of Pride celebrations. See the Sexuality and Gender section in our Archives 2017-19 and Archives 2020-21 for a complete listing of the titles that we have published.
As usual, we invite our readers to submit an article or letter to the editors on these questions. See our Write for Us and Letters pages for submission guidelines.
We assure our LGBTQI brothers and sisters of our love, prayers, and untiring advocacy within the Orthodox Church.

At Age 13 I Begged God to Kill Me

A Bed Undefiled: Foundations for an Orthodox Theology and Spirituality of Same-Sex Love

Bishop to Bishop: Straight from Confession to Suicide

 The Church, Homosexuality, and Personal Experience

Conjugal Friendship

Conjugal Friendship and the Sacrament of Love: Father Pavel Florensky’s Orthodox Theology of Same-Sex Love

Dialogue at Last? Metropolitan Nathanael (Symeonides) on Same-Sex Orientation

Eric Iliff on Chastity: The Full Text  

Father Pavel Florensky and the Sacrament of Love

From the Fathers: The Kingdom of Heaven Is like…Two Men in Bed Together?

Happy Pride? Orthodoxy, Orthodouchey, and the Church’s War on LGBTQI People

Intersex vs. Transgender: Addendum to Greek Prayer for Name Changes

 The Joy of Same-Sex Love

LGBTQI Listening Tour: An Open Letter to Our Bishops in the USA and Canada 

Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) on Same-Sex Love

A Mother’s Tearful Plea for Her Intersex Child

On Chastity: Two Letters to a Struggling Monk

Open Letter from the Closet

The Orthodox Church: The Loneliest Closet of All

The Paradigm of Compassionate Denial

Pastoring LGBTQ Individuals in the Orthodox Church

Same-Sex Love: The Church Needs a Conversation

Same-Sex Love and Orthodoxy: Two Pastoral Case Studies

 Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Suicide Rates

Saving the Lives of Our LGBTQ Youth

Sexual Minorities in the Orthodox Church: Towards a Better Conversation

Sexuality and Gender: An Orthodox Way of Approach

Transgender Identity in the Brain, Not the Mind

“Transgenderism” Isn’t a Thing

 Young, LGBTQ, and Stuck at Home

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