New Evangelical Co-chair for LOI

At our recent consultation, Grace Mathews, who has served as Evangelical co-chair of LOI, handed on the baton to Leslie Doll. Grace writes: The Lausanne Orthodox Initiative (LOI) was born at Cape Town 2010 (CT) through its focus articulated in the Spirit of Lausanne (to be H.I.S church in humility, integrity and simplicity), and its […]

LOI Board meets 13-15 January 2020

The LOI board is about to meet for its annual residential gathering, when much of our planning is done. Please pray for us, as this year we shall focus especially on what our future strategy should be. We want to be more than an agency which just holds an annual consultation, and there is so […]

You can now share in the blessings of our recent consultation in Egypt, by going to the web page at https://www.loimission.net/2019-christian-witness/. There is a gallery of pictures, and by clicking on the names of speakers in the programme you can download PDFs of their talks. We shall add more as they come in, so check […]

New book notice : Ethiopia – Orthodox/Evangelical relations

Perception and Identity A Study of the Relationship between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Evangelical Churches in Ethiopia Ethiopia is an icon of freedom and indigenous Christianity across Africa due to its historic independence, ancient Christian identity and rich religious heritage. However, Ethiopia and its various Christian denominations have their own understandings of this identity […]

LOI 2018 podcasts on ‘Discipleship’ now available!

I am delighted to let you know that we can now make available the podcasts from LOI 2018, at https://www.loimission.net/loi-2018-discipleship-and-christian-formation/loi-2018-resources/. Please feel free to share these and spread the word about what we believe is a valuable resource on this practical topic, which is  rarely considered by Orthodox and Evangelicals together.

Assessing Orthodox Engagement with the Ecumenical Movement

Review of THEOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL REASONS FOR ANTI-ECUMENICAL MOVEMENTS IN EASTERN ORTHODOXY, by Pantelis Kalaitzidis, in The Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism, ed. Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Thomas FitzGerald et. al, Regnum Studies in Global Christianity (Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2014), pages 134-52, online at: http://www.ocms.ac.uk/regnum/downloads/Orthodox_Handbook_on_Ecumenism-Watermarked.pdf LOI is deeply interested in ways for Evangelical and Orthodox Christians […]

LOI is back!

Some of you may have wondered why you had heard so little from LOI during 2019. The reason is that our website was undergoing a makeover. It took a while to get everything sorted out and I didn’t want to complicate things by making changes during that process! However, we are now back in business, […]

Plans go ahead for Egypt Consultation

Following a recent meeting of the LOI board, plans are now well advanced for the next major LOI consultation. This will be a regional consultation for leaders from the Middle East and North Africa and will be held in Egypt in November 2019 at the invitation of the Coptic Church. The theme will be Christian […]

LOI 2018: Fulfilling our Commitment

Inspiring, healing, a foretaste of heaven, a fulfilment of the LOI Commitment – some of the comments from participants on the recent consultation on ‘Discipleship and Christian Formation’. Among the 60 who attended were representatives from various streams of the Evangelical and Orthodox traditions, including a number of local leaders. We sought to learn from […]

LOI 2018: Discipleship and Christian Formation

I’ve not posted much lately, as we’ve been getting a newsletter up and running. (If you don’t receive it and would like to, get in touch.) But from 5-7 June 60 Orthodox and Evangelical leaders in mission, church, and school are gathering at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology near Boston, MA, for a […]