Dating in the orthodox church
One response to the plight of Orthodox singles came from a lady in our parish, herself a divorced single mother.An article she had read about Orthodox single parents in the Jan/Feb.While the single parent family functions, most single parents find it incomplete and usually seek to marry again.If they don’t meet anyone Orthodox, they will remarry outside the faith.Begun in the Spring of 1984, the group’s membership already is over 100, with a wide range of ages and ethnic backgrounds including Russian, Ukrainians, Greeks, Serbians, etc.
By Natalie Sidel Orthodox Christian single people, while very much a part of our parishes, often find it difficult to be full participants when the traditional activities of the parish center around families, youth, and senior citizens.Unless we all understand the significance of this event, it will remain nothing more than a peculiarity of the calculations related to the date of Pascha. But in another sense, it is the convergence of all that we as Christians in the East and West profess regarding the centrality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of our faith.Nothing challenges the credibility of this fact to non-believers more than the scandal of our division on this point of celebration.Those who would like to find pen-pals and simply establish friendships with others living in similar circumstances can also use this network. Any events that would encourage them to get together? What other ways might help Orthodox singles find each other in the Church? What are ways that a parish can include singles more in its life, tapping their talents, the greater time and energies they may have to share? Would some aspects of the parish life, as it now is, have to change to make singles feel more eager to accept an active role?
An interested single fills out an information sheet, including the parish he or she attends, and writes a sketch describing him/her self. Called “Orthodox Christian Singles,” the organization is compiling a list of Orthodox singles who wish to meet other singles of their faith.