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« on: April 26, 2004, 06:05:58 PM »

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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 yiostharou@hotmail.com.  (That address will not be set up until later this week, however.)

Thanks for you consideration.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2004, 06:17:20 PM »

What a great idea.  Thank you for this.

While not specifically geared towards homosexual temptations, I advise anyone that has struggles with sexual compulsions to check out www.sa.org as well.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2004, 06:18:17 PM »

Please contact the gentleman by email because the private message system is not on a secure server.

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2004, 06:31:18 PM »

E-mail is not really secure either.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2004, 06:32:12 PM »

E-mail is not really secure either.

OK granted but it is more secure than private message!
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2004, 09:02:52 PM »

The e-mail account, yiostharou@hotmail.com, is now up and running.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2004, 09:15:17 PM »

May God Grant you many years!

This is a very important ministry to help those who struggle with this. I pray that those who have these feelings find support in your efforts.
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2004, 09:18:53 PM »

Couragemember,

This is a good endeavor.  You should consider setting up a website in the near future.  I'm sure there are people here who can help with that if you are unexperienced in web design.

If you produce a website or flyers, I'll be happy to distribute them in the OCA Archdiocese of the South for you.  I've known a couple of people with this affliction who are struggling Orthodox and while one has died and another is nearing the end of his life, I'm sure there are many others out there who can be helped with an effort such as this.  

As far as secure email goes, no email exchange can be totally secure, but for most people who are not in the public eye(politicans, celebrities, etc) can expect a reasonable level of security from simply creating an email address from one of the free providers(hotmail, yahoo, etc) and only using it on public computers and not your personal computer.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2004, 04:32:11 AM »

Couragemember,
I applaud and respect your efforts. Even those of us not so attracted as perhaps what may be your target membership could use some (more) direction on living chastely and with humility.
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