Report of the Activities of the 'Inter-Orthodox Dialogue'
- ASSOCIATION "INTER-ORTHODOX DIALOGUE"
(An organization for the promotion of exchanges between Eastern
Oriental Orthodox Christians)
c/o Christine Chaillot
3 rue Meynadier
75019 Paris, France
Report of the Activities of the 'Inter-Orthodox Dialogue'Autumn 2003-
The Association is sending its annual report in advance in order to
inform members of the following events:
The International Congress of Coptic Studies will take place in Paris
20th through July 3rd inclusive.
The new church of the Syrian Orthodox community in Montfermeil(Paris)
consecrated on Sunday, July 4th. This will be a great day for
have worked so hard for years, mostly with their own hands, towards
the realization of this goal. This occasion will also be an
opportunity for meeting
Syrian Orthodox, who will be coming from several different European
One must realize that it is appropriate to make a monetary donation
to this community for their new church. The church is situated at 58
av. PerdrigÃ©e; (proceed to RER E station Gagny, then by bus 604 to
stop College Jean Jaures, which stands opposite the church).
In celebration of the thirty years of the existence of the Parish of
St. Catherine in ChambÃ©sy ( Geneva), an Orthodox liturgy will be
celebrated in the Basilica of St. Maurice (who originally was from
Egypt) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 4th. The programme is as
follows: 9:30 AM exposition of the relics; 12:15 PM lunch at the
Abbey (inscription by Father Jean Renneteau in ChambÃ©sy phone 004122
75810952); 2:00 PM tour of the Abbey; 3:30 PM talk on iconography;
concluding with a To Deum at 4:30 PM.
Our next annual meeting will take place at the Theological Institute
of Saint Sergius, Paris, rue de CrimÃ©e (mÃ©tro LaumiÃ¨re) on Sunday
October 24th from 2:30 to 6:00 PM . In anticipation, thank you for
announcing this meeting and for your co-operation in encouraging
other Orthodox to attend. The theme will be borne out by a slide
presentation on the main monasteries of the Oriental Orthodox
Churches. For better presentation, it was decided to limit the
programme to two talks this year. Joachim Persoon, who has recently
presented a doctoral thesis on Ethiopian monasteries at SOAC, London,
will speak about them. He has had the experience of visiting
approximately one hundred monasteries within Ethiopia. Brother Roger,
a Syrian Orthodox from Lebanon,will speak about the monasteries of
his tradition. For your information, at our next meeting in autumn of
2005, a presentation on Armenian and Coptic monasteries will be
Activities concluded in the past few months:
Our last annual meeting of the Association was held on October 4th at
the Theological Institute of Saint Serge on the theme of âThe
Sunday Liturgy in the Oriental Orthodox Churches.' Presentations were
given by the following: Father Nerseh Baboudjian ( Armenian Church),
Brother Roger ( Syrian Orthodox Church), who is a Lebanese student in
Paris, Deacon Joseph Stephanos ( Coptic Church) who was accompanied
by Father Moussa Naguib, and Father Mezgebou, an Ethiopian student in
Leuwen, Belgium. Father IrenÃ©e Dalmais ( Dominican, a specialist in
Oriental liturgies), made a final synthesis of this topic. reviews in
Bulletin de la Crypte rue Daru no 317/Nov. 2003 and SOP 283)
On November 2nd, I went to Brussels for the consecration of the new
Syrian Orthodox church in Jette.
On November 7th, I listened to a round table discussion on âThe
Syriac writings: a source of history of the Middle East Christians'
which was organized by the Laboratory of Semitic Studies in the
College of France(Paris).
On November 15th and 16th, the International Orthodox Parish of St.
Isaac of Nineveh in Helsinki ( Finland) organized a Conference
entitled âOrientals and Byzantines -- Churches and cultures in
interaction', with decided accent on the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
I presented the activities of our Association as a practical example
of dialogue between our two Church Families.
Being present in Scandinavia, I gave a lecture on November 18th on
the Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Russian Orthodox Church( a
parish of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Oslo ( Norway). During
stops made in Stockholm, I visited the two Syrian Orthodox hierarchs,
the Greek bishop as well as priests in the Coptic, Ethiopian and
Russian parishes. My books are sold in a bookstore there specializing
in books on Orthodoxy, 3 Tulegatan ( see my article in Bulletin de la
Crypte no 320, February 2004). Some Ethiopian students, who present a
weekly radio hour programme for minorities, conducted an interview
with me about my work.
On November 29th, I took part in the general Assembly of the Orthodox
Fraternity in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris).
The second pilgrimage to the Coptic monasteries lasted from February
2nd through the 11th and it was successful. On May 16th, the slides
of the pilgrimage were shown at St. Serge Institute, at which time I
presented the Coptic Church (review of the first pilgrimage in
Bulletin de la Crypte no.321, March 2004 by Jacques Verrier).
I travelled again to England, where I made a presentation on my books
at the large Anglican bookstore, SPCK, on March 15, 2004.
During Holy Week, I went to several Coptic parish churches in Paris
to follow the liturgical offices. Being present at actual services
furthered my research in preparation for the treatment of the Coptic
liturgical life in my forthcoming book. My research was greatly
helped by French liturgical translations published by Father Moussa
Several reviews of my books have appeared:
St. Mark Magazine(Cairo) January 2003, The Ethiopian Herald ( Addis
February 16, 2003, SolidaritÃ© Orient 227 (July/Sept 2003),
Hamburg (2003), Jacques Mercier in Annales d'Ethiopie 19 (2003),
Zanetti in IrÃ©nikon 2/3(2003) and Reverend John Watson in Watani
Activities in the upcoming months:
From September 10th through the 12th, I shall go to the Orbis
Aethiopicus Conference on Ethiopian Studies in Mannheim (Germany).
From September 20th through the 25th will be the Symposium Syriacum
as that of Christian Arabic Studies organized by the Universities of
Kaslik and Saint Joseph in Beirut (Lebanon), on the theme
of "Dialogue of cultures". My topic will be " Some Examples of
Integration of the Syrian Orthodox in Western Europe and their
Intercultural Dialogue." The Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo (
Syria) will publish in his collection of books on the Syrian
Orthodox, an Arabic translation of my book on that church, which I
hope to present during my stay in Lebanon and Syria.
In the United States, I want to thank Father John Harvey for his kind
support. He has a special interest in the dialogue with the Oriental
Orthodox and has promoted, in a proactive manner, practical co-
operation with neighboring parishes of both families in the state of
Rhode Island. Victoria Sherry of the Heartland Orthodox Museum in
Topeka, Kansas (60 miles west of Kansas City) has contacted me in
order to promote and sell my book on Ethiopian Orthodoxy at their
special exhibition entitled "Ancient African Christianity: The sacred
art of Ethiopia" (May to October).
May we remind you that it was in Paris, during the year of 2000, that
the Association âINTER ORTHODOX DIALOGUE, was duly registered. The
stated aim of this organization is to promote and further exchanges
between the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox Christians.
Father Boris Bobrinskoy is its President and Michel Stavrou is its
Vice-President and Vice-Treasurer. The objective of this new
association is to facilitate a better knowledge and understanding of
the life and traditions of the Oriental Orthodox, who are becoming
more and more numerous in Europe and elsewhere, so that favorable
contacts between them and the Eastern Orthodox can be accomplished.
The association actively works for the progression of the Dialogue
existing between the two Families of Orthodox Churches. Towards a
realization of these goals, the Association organizes conferences,
concerts, meetings and trips. This new Association was accepted by
the FraternitÃ© Orthodoxe en Europe Occidentale, and informative
texts are available on its web site www.fraternite-
Please Note!! There is no financial cost to become a member of this
Association. For membership, please send names, addresses. E-mail and
numbers to me at acchaillot@h...
Meetings are free of charge. As founder of this association, I take
great interest in its care and work. My main work, pursuant to these
goals, is to write informative books and articles on the Oriental
Orthodox Churches. Currently, I am researching and preparing my sixth
book, which is dedicated to presenting the integral life and
spirituality of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Last February was spent
on on-site research in Egypt, and I will return there probably in
November/December to continue this work.
Should you need any further information, I may be contacted at the
above mentioned e-mail address.
Praying that we all may be one in Christ, I remain sincerely