The Good Shepherd – Culture and Belonging

The Good Shepherd – Culture and Belonging

This is the third episode in the series – The Good Shepherd, which I recorded earlier this year with CTV in Cairo. This episode considers the issue of how we belong to the Church and to a community, and the issues we face in dealing with different cultures.  

The Good Shepherd – Why am I a Christian?

The Good Shepherd – Why am I a Christian?

This is the second episode of the Good Shepherd series, which I produced with CTV in Cairo earlier this year. I hope it is of use to some folk. This episode is called – Why am I a Christian?

The Good Shepherd – What about God?

The Good Shepherd – What about God?

When I was in Egypt earlier in 2015 I recorded about 15 TV programmes for CTV which they have broadcast as The Good Shepherd. This is the first episode in that series and it is about God. I enjoyed producing these in a professional TV Studio. It was a very interesting experience, and I hope […]

More of the beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

More of the beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

Does it need repeating again? Theosis is not the changing of our human essence into the divine essence. No creature can become essentially divine. There can never be any addition to the Holy and Consubstantial Trinity. Our God, who remains beyond all knowing in essence, reveals himself to us by his uncreated energies. As the […]

Being or Having?

Being or Having?

I was watching a TV advert the other day. It was promoting a new smart TV that could display even more colors than its competitors. It made me sad to imagine that people would be throwing away their perfectly useful and functional televisions so that they could be sure that they were watching as many […]

Video Evening at Swindon

Video Evening at Swindon

An Orthodox video evening will be taking place at St Mary’s Church, Commonweal Road, Swindon on Wednesday, 21st October at 6:30 pm. We will be watching a video called The Last Anchorite, and sharing food and fellowship as we enjoy a professionally produced presentation on this interesting and useful spiritual topic. It allows the well […]

The beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

The beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

I do believe that the concept of theosis, or whatever word we want to use to describe what it stands for, is part of the foundation of all Orthodox spirituality and it belongs to all those, whatever the Orthodox community to which they belong, as part of a common inheritance. Of course that is not […]

The beauty of the Orthodox Spiritual Tradition

The beauty of the Orthodox Spiritual Tradition

I became Orthodox over 21 years ago in great part because the beauty of the Orthodox spiritual Tradition spoke to my heart and filled me with a desire for the transcendent realities it described. It offered the possibility of an interior union with God which might renew and transfigure our weak humanity and make it […]

Second celebration of the Liturgy of St Basil in Stoke

Second celebration of the Liturgy of St Basil in Stoke

Father Peter Farrington enjoyed a wonderful visit to Stoke on Saturday, 17th October. The Liturgy went well, and Reader Philip Turner served with great attention as deacon. It was our second solo celebration of the Liturgy of St Basil in English in the Coptic Orthodox Community of St Chad in Stoke. After sharing some food […]

Mission is means not end

Mission is means not end

Our bishop,  His Grace Bishop Angaelos,  posted a timely and necessary reminder to all those engaged in mission, and indeed in any service of the Church,  saying. .. Mission is only a means to an end for the Church in that it presents the Lord to the world; it cannot become gratification and end in […]

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