Christ is Risen, Indeed He is Risen: Easter Wishes to all.

Picture Recap: MMVS Dallas-Oklahoma Regional Meeting

Dallas Area 4th Annual Orthodox Convention

MMVS Detroit Regional Meeting held on Saturday, March 14, 2017

Memory Eternal! Reverend Fr. Anthony Creech

Urshlem Summer Women's Camp 2017

Urshlem Summer Men's Camp 2017

La Moriyo Zegtho’ ticket sales kickoff held at St. Mary’s Church, Carrolton

Virtual Tour : Urshlem Diocesan Center Chapel Project.

Dallas Area MMVS Regional Meeting Report

Our Faith — an educational ministry project

3 day Nineveh Lent & Meditational Speech at St. George Orthodox Church Dallas.

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

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.

Diocese to celebrate the 4th blessed memory on beloved Barnabas Thirumeni on Sunday Dec, 11th.

Wellness and Mental Health Conference held at St.Thomas Orthodox church, Chicago

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.

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

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

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony (English)

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

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

Dallas/Oklahoma Area Acolyte Training / Women's Ministry August 24th, 2013

Guidelines for Acolytes

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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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