Pastoring Young Men into Manhood: Talk Given at the 2019 Touchstone Magazine Conference on Patriarchy

The following talk was given at the 2018 Touchstone Conference on “Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture” which drew together speakers from various traditions and disciplines to discuss how the assault on patriarchy is affecting culture.

Fr. Hans Jacobse shares his experiences in dealing with young men growing up under these assaults and what is necessary to restore them so that they can flourish.

Chastity, Purity, Integrity: Orthodox Anthropology and Secular Culture in the 21st Century

This three-day conference focuses on the application of Orthodox teachings on anthropology and morality to contemporary challenges posed by secular American culture (even within the Church).

A Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

Thirty-nine Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church.

The Unbearable Essentializing of Being: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s Sorrowful Joy of Sex

Sexual identities, in contrast to sexual practices or passions, are a relatively new concept. Only recently were passions taken to define people, i.e. seen as constituting an identity or essence, such as homosexual or heterosexual—an understanding that even many secular circles now scorn as untenable. It is, then, discouraging to see a highly respected Orthodox hierarch dare to breach the unwavering moral tradition of the Church based upon such an “essentialist” notion of “sexual orientation.” Siewers argues that this step undermines Orthodox anthropology by turning the body into a thing (reification) and alienating humanity from the incarnation of the God-man Christ.

Called Out at Home: Breaking the Rules Ruins a Glorious Game

An organized ball game is to faux-play baseball what marital sex is to sex as it is currently being promoted. Sexual activity severed from both marriage and family formation is like baseball activity without a real game in view: the physical sensations may be the same, but they lack purpose other than a quick feel-good. It’s the difference between the meaning of a hook-up or one-night stand and the meaning of intercourse between a chaste man and wife who are deeply in love and open to having a family. One is merely orgasmic, the other romantic and marital. One is recreational, the other pro-creational.

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