I'm sure this news has been made widely known to most people by now. While there are many questions and concerns as I have them too, I ask that we all pray for the unity of the church and not use this as an opportunity to vent at a sensitive situation.
There are people all over social media now who are using this news to spin the old reel of "we need to reform" or "see what we do to foreigners" etc. Then there are those with an agenda who've already been away from the church and are basking in this news with smiles from ear to ear. Lets not give the devil a chance. He delights in division.
Fr Peter Farrington was especially adamant in his position that the Coptic Orthodox Church isn't at fault at all and other circumstances guided these decisions. I myself am saddened and hurt for what happened. It feels like a child has left the warm embrace of his parents and won't be coming back. Ever since their reception in 1994 the BOC has been a faithful witness in the UK and we hope that things are mitigated in the future.
I ask that we all approach this matter with delicacy, maturity and most of all, Godliness. Although unfortunate, this is nothing new, as the EO church has had many schisms over the years that leave and come back. The history of the church as a whole also tells of unfortunate parting of ways and we must continue our efforts to reunite all the faithful with zeal and love. No decision is ever permanent for God can heal and unite anyone at any time or place.
The BOC has returned to its non Orthodox status in which it existed before 1994.
I'm curious as to wether copts attended the liturgy of the BOC?
Unless Fr. Peter has inside information that the rest of us are lacking, I think it's very important to note that the British Orthodox Church is still entirely orthodox in faith and practice - as it was when it was received into the Coptic Orthodox Church - and while it cannot be said to be a part of canonical Orthodoxy at this point, it is not fair to make it out as if the church is suddenly heterodox in faith or practice. Let us all be charitable here, especially those of us who lack intimate understanding of the matter (which is all of us save Fr. Peter) and extend the same charity to the BOC that we extend to other Orthodox bodies with which there has been a breach of communion.
Lord, have mercy.
How many parishioners, priests and churches / communities belong to the BOC?
Which publications is ReturnOrthodoxy thinking of?
No, you are not required to do that. Basically, right now Mr Newman-Norton (the erstwhile Metropolitan Seraphim) is a vagante who is playing dress-up.
Some Orthodox don't even kiss the hands of Roman Catholics, and they are most certainly not playing dress-up.