These articles have appeared in peer reviewed scholarly journals.
Patsavos, L. & Joanides, C. (2000). Interchurch Marriages: An Orthodox Perspective. International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review. 6, 215-223. (PDF)
This paper provides a canonical overview of the Orthodox Church’s perspective of interchurch marriage. It also provides some findings from the Interfaith Research Project (IRP). Implications of this research are also discussed.
Joanides, C., Mayhew, M. & Mamalakis, P. (2002). Investigating inter-Christian and intercultural couples associated with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Amercia: A qualitative research project. American Journal of Family Therapy. 30, 373-383. (PDF)
This qualitative research project described individual, marital, and family challenges from the perspective of 376 intermarried respondents associated with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Participants’ observations generally suggested that their religious and cultural differences enriched their own and their family’s well-being. However, some participants described pervasive and lingering unresolved couple disagreements linked to their religious and cultural differences. These differences seemed to have a decidedly negative impact on individual, couple, and family well-being. Clinical implications suggest that intermarried couples’ different religious and cultural backgrounds may be interconnected to the presenting problem(s) of couples.
Joanides, C (in press) A Systematic Conceptualization of Intermarriages In the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Book Store. (PDF)
Approximately 67% of all marriages conducted in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) are designated inter-Christian. When marriages taking place outside the GOA are also considered, it is estimated that 75 -80% of all marriageable adult members are intermarrying. As a result of these trends, the GOA commissioned the Interfaith Research Project (IRP) in an effort to (a) develop a clearer understanding of this population's unique challenges, and (b) seek to minister more effectively to this growing group of faithful. One outcome from this research has been the emergence of an Orthodox developmental ecological grounded theory of interfaith marriages in the GOA. This paper will seek to outline the methodology employed to generate this theory. Two illustrations will also be proffered describing its utility. Additional discussion of this theory's usefulness for clergy and lay workers will also be presented.
Mapping the Challenges that Intermarried Couples Encounter - Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT
This article describes a grounded theory that emerged from the Interfaith Research Project (IRP) that was sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ( GOA). The first part of the paper briefly outlines the methodology that facilitated its development. The remainder of the article describes the theory’s value and use for intermarried couples, clergy, lay professionals and paraprofessionals. A case study is also proffered, along with implications and conclusions.