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Beloved Children in Christ,
Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you. (Romans 16:16)
We know in today's world there are all sorts of people, with all sorts of beliefs, disbelief's, moral objectives, and so on. As Christians, it is our baptismal covenant to focus on the Love of Christ that our Gospels teach us. Always remembering that "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus", we are all made in the image that God wants us to be whether that is male, female, or those in between, gay or straight, young or old, world traveler or homebody, we are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus!
We have seen comments and reviews on all our UOC parishes social media pages with statements that we are heretics, sinners, immoral, etc. from those that call themselves "canonical Orthodox Christians". If being canonical comes with hate, bigotry, and harassment, as they have shown us, then we are not that. We do not teach such as Christian Doctrine for hatred is the works of the Evil-doer, and we reject all Christian Doctrine’s that think such divisive and ugliness is loving, Christian, or Christ-like.
For it was the canonical Churches at rejected, excommunicated, and turned their backs on us--their flock, denying us the life in Christ that is open to all who believe in Him. The UOC was born out of a need for a place for LGBT Orthodox Christians to worship and experience their callings; the canonical Churches choose ignorance, bigotry, and intolerance rather than Christian love and hospitality.
The Bible teaches us, in the New Testament of which our Christian faith is formed, two very specific things by Christ and from Christ; to Love God, and Love our neighbors. There is no exception or asterisks after that statement. You Love God, and you Love your neighbor as Christ did. Period.
"You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:5-9)
The Universalist Orthodox Church accepts everyone just as they are, in every aspect of the Orthodox faith. Everyone, regardless of their faith journey, is welcome to experience Orthodoxy without harmful limitations and boundaries set by man-made standards. As Orthodox Christians, we honor the Divine inside everyone that God has made. The soul of the person is the Divine essence that is to be celebrated by the life of the Church.
We are proud to be epi-canonical!
Hail! Mary, full of grace, Christ is with thee, O Virgin Theotokos: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Savior of our souls.
and through Christ,
Universalist Orthodox Church