Yet, despite their confusion, those earlier Christians generally knew there was a difference between God and the state, even if they could not always tell where it was. Today's Christian conservatives seem to be worshiping America, or at least a certain idea of it, when they ask the government to protect the "sanctity" of marriage.In doing this, they have vested the state with the power to sanctify. It is what happens when the Holy Spirit (the in Latin) transforms an ordinary thing into a means of salvation.By maintaining outdated assumptions about women as wife and mother, Church leaders have created a culture difficult for young women to reconcile, for they live secular, modern-day lives with expanded opportunities, but are diminished as Orthodox Christians.generation Orthodox women, our daughters don’t have memories of grandparents settling in a new country, building bedrock church communities.They don’t have, or crave, the ethnic glue that held communities together, but rather seek Churches that are not ethnocentric as they are fully integrated into present-day society.Together we say in Greek, “σ’ευχαριστούμε,” which means, “We are thankful!
The first Greek Orthodox Christians arrived in the New World in 1768, establishing a colony near the present city of St. One of the original buildings in which these immigrants gathered for religious services is still standing. The chapel serves as a national religious landmark, bearing witness to the presence of Orthodoxy in America from the earliest days of its history.They have been attracted by her mystical vision of God and His Kingdom, by the beauty of her worship, by the purity of her Christian faith, and by her continuity with the past.These are only some of the treasures of the Church, which has a history reaching back to the time of the Apostles.The next group of Orthodox Christians to emerge on the American Continent were the Russian fur traders in the Aleutian Islands. The Orthodox Church in this country owes its origin to the devotion of so many immigrants from lands such as Greece, Russia, the Middle East, and the Balkans.In the great wave of immigrations in the 19th and 20th centuries, Orthodox Christians from many lands and cultures came to America in search of freedom and opportunity.So, very proud of our love, sexuality and family, Andrew and I stand hand-in-hand as two men married in the Byzantine rites of the Eastern Orthodox Church.