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« on: May 11, 2013, 05:19:53 PM »

I want to know more about the Orthodox faith, but the only church close to me ( less than a mile ) is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian church... which seems to be 100% Indian as far as ethnic background at this particular church. My question is, is this considered an accepted orthodox church ?

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 05:27:37 PM »

If you are interested in the Oriental Orthodox Church, then yes, this is acceptable.  The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is a canonical Oriental Orthodox Church.

There should be a Coptic Orthodox Church in Dallas as well.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013, 06:06:40 PM »

There is a Coptic Church, two in fact but they are in Arlington... while I am in Rockwall, that is pretty far away. This one is right down the street. 
I really don't understand the difference between Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy. Can you recommend any resources ?
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013, 06:41:16 PM »

oh boy...lol!

How good with ancient Christian history are you?  All issues with Oriental vs. Eastern Orthodox have to do with a 5th Century council in Chalcedon.

I recommend you start with first learning what the faith is in each church.  Then, you may proceed to learn about the intricacies and history of this faith.

Oriental Orthodox Church includes Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Malankara Orthodox Syriac, Malankara Syriac Orthodox, British Orthodox

Eastern Orthodox Church includes Ecumenical Patriarchate, Alexandrian Greek, Antiochian Greek, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Jerusalem Patriarchate, Ukrainian, Serbian, Carpatho-Russyn, OCA, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 09:16:00 AM »

There are 6 Malankara Orthodox Churches in the Dallas area, do you know which one you are looking to attend? I can PM you the contact details for the priest.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 10:39:56 PM »

I've been to a variety of Orthodox churches (American, Antiochian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Malankara, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian), and I personally find the Malankara Orthodox to have one of the most beautiful expressions of Orthodoxy out there. I can't speak to how welcoming the local parish is of course, but I think it would be worth visiting!

I want to know more about the Orthodox faith, but the only church close to me ( less than a mile ) is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian church... which seems to be 100% Indian as far as ethnic background at this particular church. My question is, is this considered an accepted orthodox church ?

Thanks
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 01:03:34 AM »

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If you are interested in the Oriental Orthodox Church, then yes, this is acceptable.  The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is a canonical Oriental Orthodox Church.

There should be a Coptic Orthodox Church in Dallas as well.
As far as this Eastern Orthodox is concerned, this is acceptable.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 02:10:26 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2013, 11:01:41 AM »

I've been to a variety of Orthodox churches (American, Antiochian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Malankara, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian), and I personally find the Malankara Orthodox to have one of the most beautiful expressions of Orthodoxy out there. I can't speak to how welcoming the local parish is of course, but I think it would be worth visiting!

I want to know more about the Orthodox faith, but the only church close to me ( less than a mile ) is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian church... which seems to be 100% Indian as far as ethnic background at this particular church. My question is, is this considered an accepted orthodox church ?

Thanks
I've never been to an Indian parish, whether Malankara Orthodox or Malankara Syrian, that had not been welcoming. One parish even accommodated for me alone to do their liturgy in English.  Indians are awesome people.
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2013, 12:02:42 PM »

Polish

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 12:50:35 PM »

I was very sad when I moved to Albuquerque a little while ago only to find that the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church that was listed as being here on the diocese website (St. Basil) apparently does not actually exist anymore. I would love to go to a Malankara Orthodox qurbono someday. I say go for it. If it's that close by, why wouldn't you check it out?
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2013, 10:10:26 PM »

Krakow :-)

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