Hey, I was researching about "Oriental" Christianity of which the Coptic are part of. I found this quote about ecumenical and unity among the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox. I was curious what some of your feelings and thoughts were about this.
For me personally, as a Protestant, ecumenism and unity are the goal, so this hit very close to home for me.
In the 20th century, the Chalcedonian schism was not seen with the same relevance any more, and from several meetings between the Roman Catholic Pope and Patriarchs of the Oriental Orthodoxy, reconciling declarations emerged.
The confusions and schisms that occurred between their Churches in the later centuries, they realize today, in no way affect or touch the substance of their faith, since these arose only because of differences in terminology and culture and in the various formulae adopted by different theological schools to express the same matter. Accordingly, we find today no real basis for the sad divisions and schisms that subsequently arose between us concerning the doctrine of Incarnation. In words and life we confess the true doctrine concerning Christ our Lord, notwithstanding the differences in interpretation of such a doctrine which arose at the time of the Council of Chalcedon.
From the common declaration of Pope John Paul II and HH Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, June 23, 1984