Christ is risen!
I am an Orthodox member of Courage, a national Roman Catholic group, with chapters around the country, that seeks to support those who struggle with Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality, but who wish to live chastely, in obedience to Church teaching on human sexuality and family. (My research confirms that the teachings of the official Roman Catholic hierarchy and of the Orthodox Church are essentially the same, on this particular issue.)
With the blessings of my Orthodox parish priest/confessor, the spiritual advisor of our local Courage group (a Catholic priest), and the knowledge of the national office of Courage, I am seeking to form a network of Orthodox and Eastern rite Courage members.
The goal of such a network would be to discuss this issue and our struggles in the light of Orthodox Tradition. If enough people participate, we would also like to set up a meeting at the 2005 national Courage conference, at which our group could be addressed by one or several Orthodox priests and/or hierarchs.
If you could benefit from participation in such a group, please contact me by personal or instant message. If you know of someone else who might benefit, please pass on this information to them, and ask them to consider contacting me through the same means, or by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. (That address will not be set up until later this week, however.)
Thanks for you consideration.