An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
...was displayed in the narthex of our Parish yesterday. It was announcing a "meeting/seminar" to be held at a local public library. It is an outreach sponsored by the mission church spawned in part by our Parish. I thought it was well phrased and thought I'd share the design with you all.
In large type centered across the top : "Looking for a Christ centered Church?" Right below is a color image of the well known Sinai Christ icon. And then some bulleted points:
- We're not Jewish...but we're Orthodox.
- We're not Roman...but we're Catholic.
- We're not Protestants...but their Bible came from us.
- We're not Denominational...because we're Pre-Denominational.
And then the title of the meeting: "Get to know the Original"
One of those closely involved in the mission is a Reader who was a minister in a local "Biker" Church...who for that fact alone has an interesting tale to tell.
Gee...I'm not sure how I feel about that. Almost reminds me of an evangelical advertisement. Perhaps could be because I am still so new to Orthodoxy and the evangelical roots are still a fairly strong foothold.
I think that having an evangelical foothold is probably a good idea...If what you mean by evangelical is a high view of Holy Scripture and a zeal for spreading the Gospel of our Lord. If what you mean by evangelical is protestant gnosticism, then perhaps the Church needs to redeem the word evangelical.... Deacon Kevin