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Offline Irish45

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Egyptians in the Boston Area
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:08:50 PM »
Hello all, I am a longtime lurker on these forums.  I come here every couple of weeks and this is my favorite forum on the board because it's taught me so much about the Oriental Orthodox Churches.  I have a great deal of respect for them and when I saw this article I thought of the forum here and figured I'd share it with you all.  I thought this was the most appropriate form for it but if it's not then please move it mods :) is owned by the Boston Globe which is owned by the NY Times. It is a very anti-catholic newspaper and anti-christian.  Only if a christian denomination complies with there agenda do they give favorable coverage.  This article is about the large Egyptian community in the Boston Suburb of Milford.  I'ts more about an Egyptian Evangelical Church but it does mention the Coptic Church.  They don't bad mouth the Coptic Church, but I do feel this article would leave the uneducated reader with a bad understanding of the Coptic Church.  Do you agree?  Here is the article.  On a side note, I was unaware that there were even Evangelical churches in the Egyptian Community!  It seems I have a lot more learning to do myself! 
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Re: Egyptians in the Boston Area
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 11:24:55 PM »

Interesting article, thanks! 

I'm no expert on the Copts, so I don't know if there's more here that they would feel depicted their Church in a bad light.  The only thing I picked up on was the "language issue".  And honestly, that's a problem in many Eastern and Oriental parishes of all stripes.  Maybe some people would read that and think the Copts aren't interested in assimilating or something, but I figure most people will just assume the Copts "cater" more to immigrants or focus more on maintaining old world traditions, whereas Evangelicals are usually more "modern".  It's not the whole story, but it's not abhorrent. 

At any rate, most Coptic parishes I've been to seem to have more than one priest, and so they can have an "Arabic" and an "English" liturgy every Sunday; and in the parishes with one priest, there was always a good balance of the two.  And every Coptic parish I've visited has projected the full text of the liturgy (in three languages) onto projector screens or flat-screen TV's set up in the church.  I'm not that big a fan of using modern technology in this way, but I've gotta admit it makes it easy for almost anyone to follow what's going on.   
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Re: Egyptians in the Boston Area
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 07:59:48 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Irish45!
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Re: Egyptians in the Boston Area
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 05:12:59 PM »
There's a Coptic Church near Boston:

We even have a retreat center in the area:

There are a huge number of priests in this church it looks like, which means they serve a huge community with multiple services, and by the looks of things, might even have English services.  But I'm not from Boston, so I don't know.
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Re: Egyptians in the Boston Area
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2013, 11:48:01 PM »
Hello, thanks for the replies!  Sorry to back to you so late.  My life has been extremely busy these past 6 months.  I'm glad no one else sees anything really biased in the article, it might just be me.  The Boston Globe is anti-catholic and basically anti any Christian group with traditional values. I guess I have to take a look in the mirror!