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The last forty-five years have especially afforded women immense opportunities; the Orthodox Church, however, somewhat secluded from secular society, has been slow to distinguish between those customs or traditions that reflect Christ’s teachings and those that result merely in differential treatment of women and men.As a result, Church culture treats women differently depending upon whether they are single/married, parenting/childless, or at-home/working.What is best about the Orthodox Church—holding true to early teachings and traditions—also presents its greatest challenge: making sure tradition doesn’t trump appropriate treatment of others.
But it’s so hard for professional Orthodox young adults to meet one another. And although I worked in youth ministry, it was still complicated when it came to dating.
Our parish culture isn’t always merciful when young adults date.
By maintaining outdated assumptions about women as wife and mother, Church leaders have created a culture difficult for young women to reconcile, for they live secular, modern-day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.
So, true to my nature, I emailed his Facebook page and asked him if we could talk.