The Classis of the Canadian Prairies overtures
the General Synod to “affirm that marriage is
properly defined as the union of one man and
one woman, to the exclusion of all others.”
1. This is the time-honoured biblical mandate
ordained by God in creation (Genesis 2: 2
and blessed by Jesus in Cana of Galilee (John
2: 1-11; cf. Matthew 19: 5).
2. The legal and cultural landscape in Canada
demands a clear mandate for the church in
the face of recent changes to this definition.
By Fr. George Morelli
The writer of Genesis said of Adam and Eve: "And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it. Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh." (Genesis 1:28; 2:24) St. Paul wrote in Hebrews: "Let marriage be held in honor among all…." (Hebrews 13:4)
As members of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), representing more than 5 million Orthodox Christians in the United States, Canada and Mexico, we are deeply concerned about recent developments regarding “same sex unions.”
Marriage is a part of human life on this earth as created by God.
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24, cf Matthew 19:5-6)
God created male and female so that man and woman would live their lives together in marriage as one flesh. This union should be broken for no earthly reason.
The sexual character of human persons has a positive role to play in human spirituality. Like all things human, sexuality must be sanctioned by God and inspired with the Holy Spirit, used for the purposes God has intended. And like all things human, through its misuse and abuse, sexuality can be perverted and corrupted, becoming an instrument of sin rather than the means for glorifying God and fulfilling oneself as made in His image, and according to His likeness.
January 24, 2010
Sanctity of Life Sunday
To the Venerable Hierarchs, Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America
Dearly Beloved in Christ:
ON MARRIAGE, FAMILY, SEXUALITY, AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
The Orthodox Church in America, being, with all Orthodox Churches in the world, the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ, acting upon her mandate to teach God’s truth to all people, solemnly affirms that every human person is made in God’s image and likeness for everlasting life in God’s coming kingdom.