Christ is risen!
I had posted a thread a while back about Lenten cross-celebration (for lack of a better term), but it didn't quite go anywhere.
I do have some further questions for you all about the EO-OO dynamic of working together and supporting one another. There is a multi-cultural festival in Roanoke every May and my priest brings a converted Frito-Lay Truck into what we lovingly refer to as "the bookmobile" filled with icons, books, etc. It even has a cupola on top and speakers inside that play Orthodox CDs.
Anyway, the featured country this year at the festival was Egypt and the local Coptic community represented the country. They have a new priest and he shares the same missionary zeal as my priest. They introduced themselves to each other and the Coptic priest gave our priest some eBooks with writings of the Fathers, which my priest very graciously accepted. The Coptic priest wanted to have some sort of cooperation between the two of us, but my priest was very apprehensive about it and just sort of smiled and nodded because he was taught that the Copts aren't Orthodox (which I am trying to find books to dispel that notion). Father was impressed that the Coptic priest had a very evangelical spirit and of course the gift, as was the Coptic priest impressed with our bookmobile.
I guess my questions are, what is an appropriate cooperation between the Chalcedonians and the Non-Chalcedonians? I was thinking it would be nice if we went to their church for their feast day and invited them to come for ours and things like that, obviously not partaking of Sacraments. Has this been done in your area or would you ever employ this sort of thing? Perhaps this type of organic support from the laity and lower clergy might help move along reunion between our respective sides?
Also, could someone recommend a good, non-polemical book on OO-EO relations as it deals with Chalcedon? I saw one on Amazon by an Indian Orthodox priest, but it was quite pricey. I want to get one for my priest for Father's day (as well as one for myself).
Any and all help is greatly appreciated!