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The Coptic Church is there to keep serving people who come from Egypt. Egypt will not cease to exist, neither will Egyptians cease to emigrate, and even if that is the case, the Coptic church will do Herself a grave amount of harm if she changes to be a BOC.
One last word, Coptic culture is part of the Coptic church, and that is a fact.
I don't feel like I have to give up the Egyptian identity to have a strong christian church.
the after-church meal IS for normal socializing. You want a more spiritual atmosphere? go to bible study, or one of the youth outtings or one of the many other spiritual activities our church has. meal time IS for socialization. it IS for making friends with other ppl in the church. The church meets our spiritual AND social needs. What's wrong with that?
I'm not against unity with any other church. I just don't see our culture as a barrier to our christian lives.If you're dying to give it up, there are white-washed coptic churches out there. I'm not saying that as a bad thing at all. I think its great. We want to include more people in the Orthodox faith, and those really help to do that! But that doesn't make all churches that hang on to the egyptian aspect kokha.
think most people will agree that it's good to be proud of your heritage, ancestors and traditions. But not at the expense of serving non-Egyptians. Not at the expense of isolating ourselves from those who are not Egyptian. Not at the expense of our citizenship to our new emigrant country. When you become American, you pledge allegiance to America. You are expected first and foremost to be American and serve Americans. Again, past experience says too many Egyptians are emigrating without any knowledge of America, just wanting a mini-Egypt in America. It is symptomatic of an anti-unity trend which is not Orthodox, nor Christian.
Other than the Greek Orthodox Church, there is no other Orthodox Church in Egypt - no Armenian Orthodox, no Syrian Orthodox, no Ethiopian Orthodox, no Eritrean Orthodox, no Indian Orthodox - even though there are Syrians, Armenians, Indians, Eritreans living in Egypt.