Some were living celibate lives while expressing what it meant for them to be gay.Others were in committed relationships with other Christians of the same sex.Their deep Christian faith was evident in the worship services as well as the panel discussions, lectures and even while socializing with friends in the hotel lobby.The worship services were definitely Protestant in nature and did not particular draw me in as an Orthodox Christian, however, what astounded me was the lack of a single answer to the question: What does it mean to be a committed Christian and gay?
The Orthodox Church urges celibacy before one is married.
While each Orthodox Christian country has its own unique traditions, they all include church services and great feasts.
Many have their own version of Santa Claus too, like in Russia where Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) deliver presents to the children.
Another priest felt so strongly that he performed an Orthodox wedding service for two men.
He did this after knowing one of the men for thirty years and his husband for ten.