We are fortunate that the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK contains a comprehensive membership.
At the pan-Orthodox liturgy held at the Indian Orthodox Church last year the Syrian Orthodox Church was represented by their priest. The Chairman of the COOC is His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Timotheos. While His Grace Archbishop Athanasios of the Syriac Orthodox Church is a valued and much loved member.
Father, if you keep making the UK out to be a paradise of fellowship and brotherhood among the Oriental Orthodox, I'm going to have to petition to become a subject of Her Majesty's government. I guess we would be a little more rough and tumble over here in the Colonies.
(although I'm happy to report that this group is putting out feelers to reunite with the Holy Synod in Addis).
That's fantastic news! I know it will take some time to put things back in order after the havoc the Communists have wrought. But this is a great step.
Yeah, the Derg was the worst. They butchered the Orthodox, tore the Church in two, and opened the gates for the heterodox "missionaries" and the Muslims. I wish the Orthodox monarchy was still in place. If the Pan-Orthodox Conference of 1965 and Fr. V.C. Samuel and Fr. Morcos Dawoud's work in the local seminaries were any indication, Ethiopia would probably be a nexus of Oriental Orthodox theological and cultural activity, and all of our Churches would probably have experienced a veritable renaissance there.
But this is indeed a great first step. May God reunite the Church of Ethiopia!