July 29, 2014

Harry Coin: Wag the Dog

big-and-small

By Harry Coin How much grand significance and control is due the old world churches? Consider these few arial photography offerings by the BCC offering a unique perspective by superimposing the old world places aiming to direct the future of Orthodoxy ...onto .... well ... see for yourself (link opens new tab): Rome's boundaries laid over Duluth, Minnesota: How big really? Rome over Duluth, Minnesota Constantinople's boundaries laid over Bettendorf, Iowa: How big really? Constantinople over Bettendorf, Iowa Alexandria's boundaries laid over Dallas, Texas. Well, if putting one blanket on the beach can be called 'laid over': How big really? Alexandria over Dallas, Texas Seriously people. Foreign controlled churches or 'episcopal assemblies'? Doing that will lead to our growth, why? The mayor of Minneapolis has more people to oversee than the above ever had in a good century-- combined. Wakey Wakey, as they say in England. … [Read more...]

To Grow, A Hard Task

Ed. Harry Coin, an occasional commentator on AOI published this editorial on Orthodox News recently. By Harry Coin | July 6, 2009 The people who consider the church a 'home near home' come with the expectation that it is a place where the right thing happens most of the time, and the higher the authority the more often the right thing happens. If that isn't the case, then even if people come at first, they won't stay or come consistently since we all know the sort of experience where the wrong thing happens takes much less work to find, or finds us whether we want it or not. Nobody older than 14 expects any gathering of people to get it all right all the time. The whole matter of survival much less growth for our Orthodox church turns on whether there is or isn't a tolerated culture of leadership misdoing, while accepting the expected individual stumbles. The historical time is over when the leadership can put on grand clothing and be accepted as if they lived as they would … [Read more...]