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It's wonderful that large cathedrals are being built, but honestly, if anything, I think they're signs of increased Coptic immigration. Can we honestly say that large cathedrals are being built in North America to serve an evangelized continent?
I can't answer for Abouna, but I think what he is driving at is the ideal of one bishop per locality as opposed to ethnic jurisdictions. Proper Orthodox Ecclesiology teaches that the Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church spoken of in the Creed. Not the Coptic Church by itself, but not some nebulous body that encompasses everyone who calls themselves "Christians" from Snake Handlers to Joel Osteen. The Orthodox Church makes itself incarnate in a place, and ethnic jurisdictions with multiple bishops serving a single area are contrary to that ideal.
Interesting thoughts. Very edifying. I like the bit about "imperial mission". Fr. Irenei says something similar. Mission is not about bringing more people into camp, but about transforming ourselves and the souls around us and leading them into communion with Christ.
in reply to a message from qawe,
i don't want to know the real name of 'coptic mission'. i am just curious to know if he / she agrees with the copy and paste articles so that i can say what it is i agree with and what i don't understand in the same way.
i don't know how to respond to a copy and pasted article which contains no commentary at all.
it seems too vague and i will easily be confused on who is saying what.
maybe qawe can understand what the poster is trying to say.
if so, please explain it to me, thanks.
> copticmission > Fr Michael Sorial has a book called INCARNATIONAL EXODUS that deals with mission on pages 39 to 58.
i have just realised that this post was supposed to be an introduction to the other posts.
so the quotes are from this book, and the 'i' referred to father michael.
sorry, i did not understand this before.
i just got confused by the long and seemingly random blocks of text.
so, what i really want to ask, is what do you, mr /ms 'coptic mission' think about what father michael has written?
what is your personal opinion?