Mr. Beecham’s article attests to a troubling pattern in contemporary American Orthodoxy, where Father Josiah Trenham and Father John Parker send out dog whistles for violence against LGBTQI people without ecclesiastical censure, Father Aaron Warwick has his elevation to archpriest cancelled for proposing a more compassionate pastoral ministry to LGBTQI people, a simple subdeacon is deposed after a lifetime of selfless service to the Church for a blog post expressing his support of LGBTQI people, Archbishop Mark (Maymon) can’t be bothered about LGBTQI people, and the Assembly of Bishops continues to ignore Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s repeated appeals for a better pastoral response to sexual and gender diversity in human nature and ecclesial life.
Subdeacon Luke and Janna Beecham. May 2005. St. John the Forerunner Church (OCA), Indianapolis IN.
(Photo from St. John’s Camp removed by request of several parents.)
This article has been a long time coming, and while it’s unfortunate that I even have to write it, I find it necessary to share my heart and my experience in hopes that it will speak to others.
Where to begin? I am 42 years old and have served the Church my entire life. Born a PK (pastor’s kid) in the Evangelical Orthodox Church, I started serving in the altar around age 10 and started leading music around 13. I moved to Indianapolis for school in 1996, and immediately began helping with the youth group at my local parish. By 21 I was the Director of St. John’s Camp Programs and running the youth group at St. John’s parish in Indianapolis, as well as singing and serving as administrative assistant to the parish. Read More