Diversity and Inclusion

Emphasis on the teachings that all men and women are created in God's image and likeness, and how we understand the Gospel command to love God and love our neighbor as well as who is our neighbor. Our calling to stand with the oppressed (Lenten hymns). This topic should include bullying, LGBTQ, racial and gender equality, standing with the victims of abuse, and prison ministry. Hating the sin but loving the sinner.

Teacher Training and Resources

  1. An Orthodox Response to LGBTQ Issues, Dn Stephen Muse (DSWA Teachers Training, 4/17/21)

Reference Materials

A reference is a referral to another's text or information and can refer to written sources (books, reports, articles), videos, Internet sites, images, etc. It can also refer to personal communication in the form of letters, e-mails or interviews. A reference is synonymous with a literary citation or citing a source.

The following materials are offered as sources for information and ideas but please remember to properly give credit if material is used in your writing! If you forget to use references, or your references are incomplete, your work can seem like an empty postulation or create suspicions of plagiarism.


  1. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Answers and…People, Fr. Lawrence Farley's review of the book by Fr. Vasileios Thermos
  • Racial Equality
  1. Archbishop Iakovos: "Why I supported Martin Luther King in Selma", Anastasios Papapostolou (Greek Reporter)



  • Diversity
  1. Diversity in the Bible, Father Maggos (Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester NY)
  2. Malankara Orthodox Church: A Reaction Against the Caste-based Social Structure, Fr. Jossi Jacob Ponodath
  1. An Orthodox Response to LGBTQ Issues, presentation by Fr. Dn. Stephen Muse
  • Racial Equality
  1. When Right Isn't Easy (Selma Marches 50th Anniversary), Steven Christoforou (Be the Bee #64, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries)



  1. Spiritual Practice: Orthodox Christian Faith and Homosexual Attraction and Behavior, Fr. Thomas Hopko (Ancient Faith Radio)


In order to help our children grow in the Orthodox Faith in North America, a decision was made to standardize all materials to the Orthodox Study Bible (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/016/2010, October 28, 2010). Please continue to pray and support the development of a fully approved translation based on the Peshitta, and our textbooks will educate on the various translations and historic development of Scripture.

Liturgical Resources

The Ministry of Liturgical Resource Development (LRD) was created in July of 2015 (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/10/2015, July 24,2015) to promote the translation, versification, and publication of vital English liturgical resources. Today most of our Sacramental offices are available and the "Service Book of the Holy Qurbono" and "Shehimo: Book of Common Prayer" are available in print. Wherever possible references will be made using LRD resources given the easy access to these materials to the faithful in North America.

Holy Qurbono

Other Hymns

Other Prayers

Promion and Sedro


Patristic Quotes

Other Quotes

  • [Fr. John Memorich] “Per our Savior's directive, we each must learn to carry a cross. If we view this responsibility merely as a chore, its weight will be difficult to bear. Yet if we pair this task with joy and happiness - accepting it as the "will of God" - the burden becomes light. And as we do carry our cross, we become stronger, wiser, mature, and more faithful; appreciating every day God gives no matter the difficulties or struggles. We also begin to perceive other people differently as the depth of our own soul allows us to see the depth of another person's soul in a new light. And this, above all, brings Christ-like love.”

Syriac and Greek Words


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