Bluegoat wrote:Does the OC have any actual official position or direction on transsexual etc people? ...
I guess I'm wondering if this is your interpretation of Orthodoxy by inference or someone has overtly set some kind of precedent or direction?
The only official OC guidelines are those laid down by the 7 councils. I'm not sure of the prevelance of transsexuals at that time, but it wasn't a point of ecclesiastical difference, therefore wouldn't be addressed in a council. All things like this are discussed between a believer and their Spiritual Father. As far as I know the incidences of an Orthodox believer becoming transsexual are nearly, if not completely, non existent. The more likely scenario is that of a transsexual who then wishes to join the church. Again that is a matter for them and their sponsor.
PostoDave raised an interesting question the other day. Is the Orthodox dependence on guidance from your Spiritual Father the same as that given by the Heavy Shepherding movement? The answer is no. My Spiritual Father does not come to my house and tell me how to live my life. In act he has never been to my house. I chose him to be my Spiritual Father after consideration of available Pneumatica Priests. He is a priest at a different church to mine. I contact him when I have a need to discuss something and make an appointment to visit him. He listens to me, then offers guidance and advice. He also isolates my own sin in the account I give and after a discussion of that ascertains my own reaction and offers confession.
In offering this personal account of the nature of my relationship with my Spiritual Father I hope to differentiate between the way guidance is given in the OC and the more Lutheran nailing up on a door you list of points.
For example; one American male convert aged 66 in our church, who is now an acolyte, recently said: "I found that there ain't no law that says that you gotta grow a beard. Until there's such a law I ain't gonna do it." This is to miss the point entirely. The OC does not tell you to do things. It expects that if you want to join the church then you will observe the traditions of the church because you want to. Not because you are told to.