Persons who embrace homosexual lifestyles are not qualified to teach children or to act as spiritual leaders, according to the standing conference of bishops of Eastern Orthodox churches.
The bishops, whose churches have 5 million members worldwide and about 5,000 in the Washington area, adopted the resolution recently at a meeting in New York City.
Acknowledging secular pressures that seek to establish homosexual lifestyles on an equal footing with marriage, the bishops offered sympathy and pastoral counsel to those with homosexual conditions "beyond their control."
They said Scripture and church tradition condemm "voluntary homosexual acts as sinful and forbidden and detrimental to existence of the Christian home."
The congregation of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Clifton Forge, Va., which withdrew from the Protestant Episcopal Church denomination, has appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court to allow it to keep its church property.
An attorney for the church has asked for oral arguments on a local judge's ruling the diocese owns the buildings. The appeal, filed in Richmond, argues that Clifton Forge Circuit Court Judge R. B. Stephenson Jr., should have disqualified himself because of his relationship with the sole loyal trustee, Clifton Forge attorney George Kostel.
Bishop David Rose, head of the 29,000-member-Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia since 1971, said he will step down as of today because he wants to rest a while.
Rose, 65, said he and his wife will move to Tallaheassee, Fla., where he wants to learn carpentry and work with his hands.
Dr. Maria Brau, president of the Washington, D.C., archdiocesan board of education, was given the 1978 Board Member of the Year Award Wednesday in St. Louis at the Convention adn Religious Education Congress of the National Catholic Educational Association.
For four years, Brau has presided over the board, which oversees 120 schools with almost 40,000 students in the District of Columbia and five maryland counties.
Achilles N. Sakell of Alexandria has been appointed to the archdiocesan council, the highest executive body of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. A lawyer who migrated from Greece as a child, Sakell is a retired Department of State eimploye.
Sakell had been recognized for his church work by the late Patriarch Athenagoras I when he was given the ecclesiastical title of Archon Chartophylax or "Prime Minister" of the Most Holy Orthodox Church of Christ.
The Rev. Robert Hugh Andrews, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for the last 20 years, will retire April 9. he and his wife will move to a home built for them near Clarion, Pa., where he will be associated with the Church of the Good Shepherd . . . Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church at New Mexico and Nebraska avenues NW renamed its library after Gladys Gunn, who served as chairperson of the Library Committee from 1925-1977. Gunn was present at ceremonies during which the Administrative Board was praised for her "zeal and dedication" to the library and its projects, including book fairs, arts and crafts exhibits and children's programs . . . Christ Church, Alexandria, has named John Guernsey, a senior at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., as associate to the rector.