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 […]

T. F. Torrance and Eastern Orthodoxy

Matthew Baker and Todd Speidell, eds, T. F. Torrance and Eastern Orthodoxy: Theology in Reconciliation. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015. pp. xi + 359. $44. Reviewed by Dr Ralph Lee, SOAS, University of London; formerly of Holy Trinity Theological College, Addis Ababa This set of fifteen essays written by scholars from a wide range […]

New book on Evangelical mission in Moldova

Vladimir Ubeivolc, Rethinking Missio Dei among Evangelical Churches in an Eastern European Orthodox Context. Langham Monographs, 2016. Paperback, pp. xvi+320. ISBN 13: 978-1-78368-104-4 Reviewed by Dr Ralph Lee, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University; formerly Holy Trinity Theological College, Addis Ababa This welcome volume is a recent addition to the Langham Monographs which […]

Master’s Course in Syriac Theology

Prof Aho Shemunkasho, a participant in our Cambridge consultation for theological educators, is pleased to announce a Master’s degree course in Syriac Theology at the University of Salzburg. Information & Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho Syriac Theology Email: mast@sbg.ac.at MASTER OF ARTS IN SYRIAC THEOLOGY Course Content: – Syriac Language & Literature – Biblical Studies […]

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation: LOI 2018 Regional Consultation

LOI is pleased to announce details of this year’s North American regional consultation, scheduled for 5-7 June at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary, Brookline, MA. The theme is ‘Discipleship and Spiritual Formation’, following on from the upcoming CWME gathering in Tanzania. Sessions will explore how our respective traditions form disciples, what resources each has […]

LOI Board meets, plans for future

The Coptic Church Centre at Stevenage in England was, as usual, the venue for the annual residential meeting of the LOI Board. The main item we discussed was next year’s consultation, scheduled for 5-8 June at Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary near Boston. The theme is ‘Discipleship’, following on from the upcoming CWME gathering in Tanzania. […]

500 Years of the Protestant Reformation

I couldn’t let this anniversary pass without some reference here. It was on 31 October 1517 that Martin Luther is said to have published his protest against the abuses evident in the church of his day, the ‘Ninety-Five Theses’. Churches and ecumenical bodies around the world have been marking the anniversary this year, and some […]

Anglicans, Oriental Orthodox, the Holy Spirit and the Mission of the Church

An International Commission of Anglicans and Oriental Orthodox has just issued an agreed statement on the work of the Holy Spirit and its relation to the Church’s mission. For more on this story, see: https://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/10/27/anglican-and-orientalorthodox-churches-sign. The story is given poignancy by the present situation and sufferings of many Oriental Orthodox Christians, for which concern was […]

How refugees trigger Sweden’s Orthodoxy boom

An unexpected aspect of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of displaced people from various Middle Eastern countries is the exponential increase in membership and attendance of Orthodox churches in parts of Western Europe. The Media Project, which reports on the role of religion in public life, has run an article on developments in Sweden, exploring how […]