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British Orthodox churches and retreats. - mikethelionheart - 30-12-2009 05:53 PM

Hello,
I've recently become an RE teacher and would love to find out more about Orthodox Christianity so I could teach about it. This is one branch of Christianity that there is a shocking amount of ignorance of in the West.

Can anyone advise of any great books to read?

Also, are there any churches in Cheshire?

Is there anywhere that does retreats?

Many thanks,

Mike


- Simon - 30-12-2009 10:13 PM

Dear Mike,

You may find the following books (available from Amazon) of some help:

Otto Meinardus "Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity"

Mark Gruber "Journey Back to Eden"

Christian Cannuyer "Coptic Egypt ? The Christians of the Nile"

Brahana Selassie "Towards a Fuller Vision ? My life in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (A Short History: Part One)"

Benedicta Ward "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers" (also several other editions of the lives & sayings of the Desert Fathers)

Tadros Malaty's "Introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church" can be downloaded from the following web address <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/thecopticchurch/Intro_to_the_Coptic_Church_fr_yacoub_malaty.pdf">http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/thec ... malaty.pdf</a><!-- m -->

There are also a number of books available from the British Orthodox Press (accessed through the British Orthodox Church website) including Fr V C Samuel's "The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined", "The History of the Coptic Patriarchs to 849 AD", "The Letters of Severus of Antioch", "The Syriac Chronicle of Zachariah of Mitylene" (a resource of writings from the anti-Chalcedonian resistance) and numerous commentaries.

As for retreats, our Bournemouth Church is hoping to organise two weekends during 2010 - but the South Coast is rather a long way from Cheshire! Anyway I hope the book suggestions help to be going on with.

Simon