A Coptic fellowship resource: review

A couple of weeks ago I purchased two British Orthodox Fellowship publications online. There’s plenty to say about the fellowship itself,  about the publications and how I ordered them, but today I want to focus on one book: Our Daily Life.

It’s a 156-page trade paperback, and intended to be a guide book and worship book for isolated and gathered fellowship members.

Apart from a couple of unfortunate references about gay people (and the underlying assumption that this church only appeals to traditionalists) there’s a lot to learn from this book.

Its preface and introduction greet readers with a remarkably wide “come and see” welcome. A 30 day devotional guide, based on the Gospel of Mark, features a verse of the day, a featured passage and a reading from an ancient work. (With a multicultural mix and a surprising number of women’s voices.)

Then come services: full and abbreviated morning and evening prayer, with directions on how to use them alone or in groups. Suggestions for novices, too

The following section is a guide of spiritual disciplines, but I have not read it yet.

A voluminous calendar of the saints and helpful directory of fellowship officers close the work.

Something to consider now: Unitarian Universalists, certainly the Christians, have examples of all the resources already, and have a tradition (through the Universalists) of handbooks for the laity.

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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