Hi all --
I'm very excited to have found this community and hope you won't mind me hanging around, learning, and asking questions in an attempt to understand the Coptic Orthodox faith.
I am completing an MFA in architectural history, where my primary interest is in both vernacular and non-western architecture. I've become particularly fascinated with the marriage of these two interests in Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox church forms in the United States. The crux of my research interest is discerning how these church forms are manifest in the U.S, generally, as well as any adaptations required for interior and exterior spaces in cases where buildings are re-purposed to house a church.
Of course, fundamental to understanding the use of space is understanding the religion and, I must confess, I don't even know what I don't know about the Coptic church! I'm hoping that spending some time around the online community will help me realize what research questions I need to ask myself and, to that end, I really do hope that you don't mind a lurker who's fascinated by the religion and the architecture!
Looking forward to learning!