January 20th, 2008

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Проект Православного обновления

В Соединенных Штатах существует замечательная организация православных мирян: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY 
На их сайте http://www.ocl.org целиком помещено интереснейшее издание:

THE PROJECT FOR ORTHODOX RENEWAL OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY

Seven Studies of Key Issues Facing Orthodox Christians in America

Originally published in  1993.

Семь исследований посвящены следующим темам:

Faith, Language and Culture
Spiritual Renewal
Orthodox Women and Our Church
Mission and Outreach
Selection of Hierarchy
Administration and Accountability
Orthodox Unity

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Гомосексуалы и Церковь (из "Проекта обновления" OCL)

http://www.ocl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=AboutUs.HomosexualsAndTheChurch

Homosexuals And The Church

Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

I Corinthians 11:1

One of the most controversial issues in modern religious life is the status of an emerging homosexual community. Although many may think so, this is not a new situation in world history. Homosexuals have been part of the world scene and culture from earliest recorded time (see Romans 1:26,27).

It is not our intention to speculate on the theories of homosexuality, whether there is a biological basis or predisposition, or it is a condition of environment and choice. The fact is that our Church has numerous homosexual members, and She must reach out to them in love.

While the Church should support the full civil rights of homosexuals in our free and democratic society, She is under no obligation to endorse a lifestyle inconsistent with Her own teachings. Unions of male with male, or female with female, are contrary to the meaning and purposes of human sexuality.

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