Diocesan Metropolitan handed over Syrian Relief Contributions to Antiochian Archdiocese

Mar Coorilos Consecrated the new Church premises of St. Gregorios Church, Mississauga, Ontario.

Diocesan Metropolitan visited St. Vladimir Theological Seminary, New York.

Aramana Chapel Construction Contract Awarded to Josh Constructions LLC, Dallas

The Mission of the Malankara Orthodox Church in North America - His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius

First Apostolic visit of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II to Calgary , Canada.

Foundation stone laid for the new church building of St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Dallas

Rev. Fr. Thomas Mathai appointed as new ​chief editor of 'THE STREAM' online magazine.

West Region MMVS conference was held on Sep 10, 2016 at St Gregorios Church, San Francisco

DS-WA Department of Counseling Services - Survey Completion Request

Dallas Area OCYM Conference: Saturday, July 16 from 1 PM to 7 PM

Pictures from MMVS Regional Conference held at Oklahoma

One Day Conference : Mental Health And The Church

Pictures from St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Chicago Consecration

Pictures from Dallas Area OCYM Conference

Picture Recap : 2016 Urshlem Men's Summer Camp.

Diocesan Day Celebration pictures from St.Gregorios Orthodox Church, San Francisco

Mar Barnabas Educational Award 2016 - Deadline August 25,2016

H.H Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Chief Celebrant for Chicago St. Thomas Church, Consecration.

Rev. Fr. Rajesh K. John appointed as General Convener for Houston Region Family Conference.

Northwest Regional Family Conference to be held from 7th-10th, July 2016 at Vancouver.

St. Thomas Orthodox Church Chicago - IL purchased new property

2016 Annual Clergy Conference and Diocesan Assembly Report

2016 Urshlem Summer Camp.

Diocesan Day to be celebrated Sunday, June 5th.

Rev. Fr. Raju Daniel appointed as General Convener of the Urshlem Chapel Fundraising Committee

Picture recap: 3rd Dallas Area Orthodox Convention

Diocesan Metropolitan to lead Holy Week services at St.Gregorios Cathedral , Chicago

Palm Sunday Pictures and from St.Gregorios Cathedral , Chicago

Feet washing service pictures from Chicago St. Gregorios Cathedral

Mar Barnabas Educational Award - Winners of 2015

2016 Urshlem Men's Summer Camp to be held from July 10 - July 17

South Region Family & Youth Conference 2016 - June 29 - July 2

Proposed Urshlem Aramana Chapel Elevations

3rd Dallas Area Orthodox Convention to be hosted at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Dallas

Holy Church to celebrate Catholicate Day on Sunday March 13

Divya Bodhanam DOCE graduation- St Gregorios Orthodox Church , Elmhurst

Mar Theodosius and Mar Barnabas Episcopa from Marthoma Church visited the Diocesan Center in Beasley.

Oriental Orthodox Churches of Atlanta celebrated its 4th annual common Divine Liturgy in Atlanta

Diocesan Metropolitan and Clergies participated in the prayer service led by Pope Tawadrous II

Please pray for Chennai : Metropolitan Mar Eusebius

Diocese to observe the 3rd Dukhrono of His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas

40th Memorial of Mar Baselius Augen Catholicos to be celebrated at Devalokam

Christmas Message from Diocesan Metropolitan His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius

Pictures from temporary Consecration and Divine Liturgy at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Kansas

Dallas area Clergies and lay leaders met H.H. Pope Tawadrous II

Diocesan Metropolitan to lay the foundation stone for St. Thomas Orthodox Community Center

Metropolitan Mar Eusebius to meet Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II.

Dn.Saju Varghese will assist Ministry of Liturgical Resource Development (LRD).

Pictures from St. Thomas Orthodox Church Phoenix Consecration held on Sep 18, 2015

MGOCSM News - Dallas Area Team Christ Camp

OVBS 2015 news and pictures from St. Gregorios Orthodox Church San Francisco

Pictures from St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Oak Lawn retreat 2015

MGOCSM Regional Youth Conference held at St. Mary's Orthodox Parish, Calgary.

MGOCSM News - Houston Area Back to School Retreat

Dallas St. Mary’s COI wins the 2015 Dallas Regional MMVS Talent Competition

St. Mary's Orthodox Church, St. Louis Silver Jubilee Celebrations held on August 29th

MGOCSM Southeast Regional Retreat held at Camp Kulaqua in High Springs, Florida

Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland Regional MGOCSM Conference held at Goshen College Indiana

Pictures from 2015 Diocesan Family & Youth Conference

Mar Yulios to lead 2015 Calgary Orthodox Convention and Regional MGOCSM Conference.

Picture Recap from Summer Camp held at Urshlem Aramana

2015 Bai'tho Family Parish Conference pictures from St. Gregorios, Elmhurst Chicago

MMVS West Regional Conference and talent competition held on June 6th

MGOCSM Chicago Winter One-Day Retreat

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Kansas City Purchased New Property

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony (English)

Picture Recap: Diocesan Metropolitan’s visit to St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Spokane.

Diocesan MMVS 6th Annual Conference held at Houston St. Thomas Cathedral.

St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Cleveland Ohio purchased new property

LoveIndeed - A Charity Project of Diocese of South-West America

Draft copy of the proposed liturgical book submitted to Holy Synod

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Metropolitan's Message

 

December 1, 2016

"Urshlem" Diocesan Center- Beasley, Texas

 

The Sanctity of Marriage

 

We live in a world of sea change, and the human tendency is to experiment anything new that may appear as the norm. In recent times, much discussion and debate has taken place regarding abortion, contraception, same sex marriage, and much more. President Obama’s favorable attitude towards same sex marriage has stirred a hornets’ nest in the United States. In a newly emerging moral context, our faith is challenged and many are confused as how to conduct their lives.

Though the issue of same sex marriage has a long history it became prominent from around 1993, when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition was unconstitutional. This lead to the formation of a new law, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman and protected the interest of the states who wanted to restrict the marriage between Male and Female. DOMA defined the word “spouse” as a person of the opposite sex and accorded federal rights only to such a union. In 2013 the Supreme Court overturned this key provision of DOMA, declaring part of it unconstitutional because it "singleout a class of persons" for discrimination, by refusing to treat their marriages equally. This meant that if same sex couples were married legally in a state that recognizes same sex marriages, their marriage would be recognized by the federal government and they would get the same rights as a heterosexual marriage such as immigration rights, tax benefits, bedside hospital visitation rights etc.

 

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Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church,Diocese of South-West America, 3101 Hopkins Rd Beasley, TX 77417 Ph: 281.403.0670 · Fax: 281-459-0814

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