Not back home till tomorrow, and not really anything new except that it's about a different place. I was recently in Gracanica (sorry I can't do the little v on top of the first c), and visited the famous monastery. I didn't go inside the Byzantine church within the compound, as I have done that previously, but I had a good look round the shop. I was impressed by the beauty of some of the artifacts, though I have to confess a personal and irrational preference for Greek Orthodox art over Serbian. There was also quite a range of books, including (as a good Prot, I was pleased to see) the Bible and a row of New Testaments. I don't read Serbian, but I gained an impression that the NTs at least were not in Old Church Slavonic, but were fairly modern translations. (I hope so.) But what disappointed me was that, in this place which attracts a good number of international visitors, there was nothing in any other language except (I was told - I didn't espy any) a history of the monastery itself. It's as if the Orthodox want to run a closed, rather mysterious and secretive society which is difficult to penetrate, not one which is open and inviting. For example, if I were Orthodox and running their shop, I would ensure there were good introductions in English, German etc, to the early Fathers; attractive translations of the easier writings of the Fathers, such as Athanasius On the Incarnation; writings by such luminaries as Thomas Hopko, Timothy Ware; devotional books by types like the Russian Bulgakov - material to attract the outsider to Orthodoxy.
I said this post contains nothing new other than being about a different place from before, for I have written something similar following a visit to Preveli monastery in Crete.
Yesterday I read in the national press that five Church of England bishops are preparing to defect to Rome over (I think it said) the idea of creating women 'bishops' - probably to be followed by fifty or more clergy. I asked myself why they are defecting to Rome rather than to Orthodoxy. I do not of course know the answer - and a few do go your way, and some come ours; but most, it seems, go direct to Rome.
These two experiences both create (in me) the picture of Orthodoxy as an organisation which has turned its back to the rest of the world (and church), and cares little whether outsiders are attracted and drawn in or not. I know you are not all like that, but it is an impression many of your co-religionists convey.