Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am new here, and have many questions. I am a catechumen in the British Orthodox Church, which is a small Orthodox Church in the UK which comes under the jurisdiction of Alexandria, and whose Metropolitan, Abba Seraphim, is a member of the Coptic synod.
I have been welcomed by the British Orthodox Church, and have found in it a spirit quite different to that I have seen in some of the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the UK. What seems sad to me is that so many Eastern Orthodox persist in thinking of the Coptic Orthodox Church as monophysite. That is so wrong, and so insulting.
Some EOs seem to think that theirs' is the only real Orthodox Church, but when challenged about the real differences between what we believe and what they believe, they seem rather lost. Their mindset sometimes seems like a left-over from imperial times. From what I have experienced of it, the Coptic mindset is quite different - much more welcoming to those of us coming in from outside, and much more patient. But then the Coptic Church has, for centuries, borne a great witness in hard times - perhaps that accounts, in part for the difference.
Anyway, greetings from a newbie in the UK who is just getting a taste of the huge richness of Orthodoxy.