I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember, but only recently have I really admitted it to myself and started acting on it by regularly attending church and prayer. Now, and I can only describe it as an unquenchable thirst for God, has led me to realise that I want to train to join the clergy, in fact I have never felt so strongly about anything before.
I started, due to convenience, going to my local Episcopal church, and I have to say I like it there, the congregation are very friendly, I like the liturgy and it's a very relaxed and all encompassing church, to me it feels like a relaxed branch of Catholicism. But it does lack a feeling of history and continuity that I crave and after reading a lot about Orthodoxy, I am feeling more and more drawn to that. I am fascinated with the early Celtic church and the Orthodox Church feels like it is part of that tradition and history.
I do have a couple of questions though...
I am a divorcee and I am getting re-married soon, what is the standpoint of the Church on that?
The Episcopal Church welcomes Gay and Lesbian clergy, and I am very pleased about this, my future wife is a staunch feminist and this equality is important to both of us, again if anyone has an idea of the Churches ideology regarding this I would be very grateful.
And thirdly, how long does it take to train to be a member of the Orthodox clergy and do you have to go where they send you once trained?
Thank you in advance.