Orthodox Who Marry Non-Christians
Nearly 25% of our population is non-Christian. Demographers suggest this number will continue to grow. As a result, it is becoming increasing more likely that Orthodox Christians will meet, date and fall in love with a non-Christian. Based on the number of E-mails and other phone calls I receive my work suggests that the number of Orthodox Christians choosing to marry non-Christians may be on the increase.
This section of the Interfaith Marriage Web site has been created to address the needs of those Orthodox Christians who desire more information regarding this topic. In particular, Orthodox Christians who are dating or considering marriage to a non-Christian should find this information helpful. As you peruse the information in this subsection of the Web site, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to E-mail Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Interreligious Marriage and the Orthodox Church
My fiancé is Jewish and I am Greek Orthodox. We are of the understanding that we cannot be married in an Orthodox Church, because of her religion. I love this woman with all my heart, we’re soul mates to an extent. What should I do?
- When Orthodox Christians Marry Non-Christians
Dear Father Charles,
I have fallen in love with someone who isn’t Christian. He is Moslem. Recently I approached my priest to inquire about marriage, and he informed me that we cannot get married in the Orthodox Church. Can you help me understand why?
- The Touchy Issue of Conversion
Over the past several months I’ve received a number of E-mails and calls related to the issue of conversion. So, I thought it was time to focus some additional attention on this potentially touchy issue.
- When Our Young Adult Children Marry Non-Christians: Parents' Perspectives
The Orthodox Church discourages Orthodox Christians from marrying non-Christians, primarily because it maintains that such unions seriously impair its adherents’ efforts to live a Christ-centered existence. In these instances, couples have the following choices:
- Considering A Inter-religious Marriage: A Self Evaluation Questionnaire
Unresolved concerns and questions related to a couple's religious and cultural differences can seriously compromise marital satisfaction and family stability. This is especially true when Greek Orthodox Christians marry non-Christians.
A Self Evaluation Questionnaire
- Consequences and Challenges When Orthodox Marry Non-Christians I recently got engaged to a non-Christian man with a Moslem background, and I went to my priest to discuss marriage. He informed me that he could not perform a wedding for an Orthodox Christian and non-Christian. He also informed me that if I married my fiancée, I would lose my sacramental privileges….I was so upset by this news that I left without asking some other important questions. I was hoping you might be able to answer them. First, if I marry outside of the Greek Orthodox Church, how do I get back into good standing? Second, if I lose my sacramental privileges, can I baptize my future children in the Church? Third, I am a godparent and I am wondering how my decision to marry outside of the Church may affect my status as a godparent? Fourth, do you think my non-Christian partner will feel welcomed in my Church?
- Strategies to Help Intermarried Couples Celebrate The Holidays
Research indicates that the holiday season brings added challenges and stress into our lives. Intermarried couples and their families, because of their different religious and cultural backgrounds, are especially at risk when the holidays come. The purpose of this article is twofold: