I am currently working on a database for our church/diocese and was wondering if our ideas are already in place elsewhere. If you could answer any of the following questions, it would be greatly appreciated.
What does your church use as a database?
Is it integrated on a diocese level?
What features does it have?
How long has it been in use?
It is split up by country, but identifies the diocese that church is in. It has contact information for each church, and a map of its location. It's very under used, sadly.
I recommend you contact Fr Moses Samaan: http://lacopts.org/the-diocese/directories/clergy-directory/father-moses-samuel-samaan/
Your friend is sadly the product of poorly educated and arrogant laypersons and clergy. They have been told things and take them as fact, without learning about the topic for themselves. And also something, as a convert, the Coptic church does is very, very poor of explaining and teaching to converts. That is why I have studied a lot on the topic because the same thing happened to me when I was ignorant of the differences between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches.
That attitude is NOT the majority of Eastern Orthodox Christians, especially here in North America. Many Eastern Orthodox Christians, laypersons and clergy, have helped us with promoting funds for our new church.
Here is a wonderful podcast thats about 7-8 years old from Ancient Faith Radio, which is an Eastern Orthodox media outlet. It's a great source for us as Oriental Orthodox to show to our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters that we are much closer than many ignorant members of Eastern Orthodoxy believe.
You can search through podcasts for St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, which caters to both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox christians. It's a great resource to use because it's largely Eastern Orthodox clergy who disagree with that, "Eastern Orthodox are without error" mindset that infiltrates so many converts to the Eastern Orthodox church.