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The unexpected highlight of the latest Willow Creek Leadership Summit was Mama Maggie Gobran, the diminutive Coptic Christian who works in the slums of Cairo, Egypt, with destitute children, both Christian and Muslim, who "are hungry every hour."

While she heads an organization, Stephen's Children, it was clear that the power of her leadership was a more mystical kind than normally spotlighted at leadership summits.

In her remarks, Mama Maggie said, "The hardest task of a leader is to get to know the Almighty and to keep your heart pure." One way to do that, she said, is through silence. There "you discover a taste of eternity."
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How do you feel when people call you "the Mother Teresa of Cairo"?

Every time I hear it I feel that she's coming to me saying, "I'm blessing you." And I want her to keep on blessing me and the children until the day we stand before Jesus. I'm not worthy to untie her sandal. But I know she's with me. We have the same lover.

My nephew, a physician, gave me a Christmas gift, a framed photo of Mother Teresa, and she is in front of me every day. She comes to me in dreams. Also in hard times.
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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 12:25:52 PM »
"Silence your body to listen to your words. 
Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts. 
Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart. 
Silence your heart to listen to your spirit. 
Silence your spirit to listen to His Spirit.
In silence, you leave the many to be with the One."


- 'Mama' Maggie Gobran at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 03:32:43 PM »
Is she Coptic Orthodox?
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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 03:44:33 PM »
There was another thread about her here.

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,42936.0.html

It does appear that she's still a member of the COC.  But then why no recognition by the Church for her work, I just don't know.
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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 06:21:24 PM »
On her website there is a report on the late Pope in which it clearly says she is a Coptic Christian.

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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 07:30:41 PM »
On her website there is a report on the late Pope in which it clearly says she is a Coptic Christian.

Ya, it was made clear here:

http://www.stephenschildren.org/LATESTNEWS/sg_userfiles/SC-Passing-of-Coptic-Pope.pdf

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Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark,
became the spiritual leader of the Coptic Orthodox communion in 1971. He was born on
August 2, 1923, as Nazeer Gayed in the city of Asyut, Egypt, attended Cairo University,
entered seminary and became a monk in 1954, attracted to the solitude of the desert.
But he was destined for a far more public ministry, ultimately serving as the spiritual
head of the 10 million Egyptian Christians who are part of the Coptic Orthodox Church,
including Mama Maggie, the founder of Stephen’s Children.
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Re: The Fire Within Mama Maggie: The quiet strength of an activist mystic
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012, 05:01:34 AM »
It is confusing that her ministry seems so much connected to Protestants, and the Board of Advisors contains no Orthodox clergy at all, only Anglicans.
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