6th Holy Synod Members Seminar
Our Coptic Church & The Future Vision
The 6th Seminar for Holy Synod Members was hold on ” Our Coptic Church & The Future Vision” from Monday, November 19th to Thursday, November 21st, 2018 at the LOGOS Center at the papal residence at St. Bishoy Monastery, in the presence and patronage of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Holy Synod Secretary and the presence of 100 of Holy Synod Members.
The seminar consisted of presenting scientific research papers with written and patristic reference that were prepared by the Metropolitans and Bishops in sufficient time before the seminar. The papers were sent electronically to all Holy Synod members for study, and the fathers participated in a free and open discussion on the research papers.
30 minutes were allowed for the presentation of the paper and 90 minutes for discussion for each session.
The participating fathers were distributed into five groups, and the five topics were discussed, and a research paper was used in which the Coptic youth participated during the First World Youth Week of Coptic Orthodox Church (WYW). Each group came up with a set of recommendations presented in the closing session of the seminar.
The seminar schedule is as follows:
The 1st Session: Church & Youth Services:
Speaker: Bishop Pavly … Moderator: Bishop Hermina
The 2nd Session: Coptic Identity:
Speaker: Bishop Tomas … Moderator: Bishop Ghobrial
The 3rd Session: Orthodox Faith & 21st Century Challenges:
Speaker: Bishop Youssef (SUS) … Moderator: Bishop Raphael
The 4th Session: Church & Ecumenical Action:
Speaker: Bishop Angaelos (UK) … Moderator: Metropolitan Tadros
The 5th Session: Church & Technology:
Speaker: Metropolitan Marcos … Moderator: Bishop Peter
The groups discussions were led by:
1st Group: Church & Youth Services: Bishop Youannes
2nd Group: Coptic Identity: Metropolitan Poula
3rd Group: Orthodox Faith & 21st Century Challenges: Bishop Makar
4th Group: Church & Ecumenical Action: Bishop Abraham
5th Group: Church & Technology: Bishop Marc
The seminar ended with a closing session in which the following took place:
- Closing speech by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
- Presenting the recommendations of the groups that are the work map for the Holy Synod and its synod committees for the coming period.
According to the instructions of His Holiness, this book was prepared to include lectures, working groups and the recommendations of the seminar.
The Lord uses this seminar for the glory of His Holy Name, the growth of His Holy Church, and the salvation of our souls.
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