The Way

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The Way – Your say!

Posted by phillippa00 on April 9, 2009

 

Dear Friends

Thank you so much for your participation, support and encouragement these past twelve weeks as we have journeyed together on ‘The Way’. As you are probably aware it was not plain sailing getting it off the ground and we owe Mario Naziri and his whole parish an enormous debt of thanks for hosting us and making it possible to go ahead. I think it is important for ‘The Way’ to be part of a parish community, and they made it very easy and a pleasure to work with them. Do not underestimate the amount of time and commitment these guys put in, especially on the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff.

‘The Way’ has been up and running for years now, but I was never able to participate before as it was always too far to travel. It was always my hope to bring it to North London, and I am absolutely delighted that it was possible for us to achieve. Meeting you all on the journey has been such a tremendous blessing to me personally and I have been overwhelmed with your kindness and support throughout, and especially on our last evening. I have learnt a great deal about our ‘Ancient Faith’ – my level of knowledge, understanding and commitment has grown as a result of my experience. It seems that this is reflected widely in your experience too.

I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the comments from the evaluation forms I have received:

Responses to: How did you find the talks?

Enlightening and warming for the soul.

Well presented, topics well explained,.

Awesome!

Refreshing!

Detailed, informative and enlightening.

Responses to: What is it that you are able to take ‘home’ from the WAY?

 

How true and authentic Orthodox Christianity remains, in this distorted mixed up world we live in!

Piety, humility and reassurance that God is there when we seek and He confirms this in shared discussion with believers and by enriching our understanding. Further I felt comforted that I do belong to a congregation with history and legacy.

The way has given me a new direction into my religion. For the first time I was able to understand matters which were previously unknown to me. I also very much enjoyed my visit to the church of Father Harper.

A sense of community and togetherness

A  sense of belonging and spiritual well-being provides daily bread for strength

Answers, Light, Knowledge and a greater faith!

More than words can say

Response to:  What was the most memorable moment at the WAY?

 

I was very much inspired by the people (especially some of the lectures) who discovered Orthodox Christianity much later in life.  They embrace each and every part of Orthodox Christianity feeding and sharing their spiritual knowledge and the love it fills them, to us all.

 

Meeting everyone and made to feel so welcome and so part of a FAMILY

 

Metropolitian Kallistos Talk (on the Person of Christ)

 

Talk on the Bible, Prayer and Fasting – offered very practical advice

 

Responses to: How would describe the atmosphere at the WAY?

It was great to see such cultural diversity and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

 

Hospitable, warm and spiritually focussed

 

Kind, accepting and warm

 

Other comments:

 

I THANK everyone for making me feel so welcome and for SHARING THEIR LOVE! Also, a big thank you to the faculty and the commitment of the speakers and the content of their lectures and for the supplementary priests that enriched each meeting with their personal knowledge.

 

A very big thank you to you all for arranging The Way . I am sure you have given us all the opportunity to examine our religion and to be proud that we belong there.

 

Food for the soul is paramount.  We need to climb above the clouds and see life more spherically.  Our faith allows us to succeed in doing so.  Gathering together only helps re-enforce that and by allowing the Lord to look after us and guide us, we lead a much more complete and happy life.

I HAVE RECEIVED 20 EVALUATIONS SO FAR – I WOULD WELCOME MORE!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT, ENTHUSIAM AND SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING SOME OF YOU AGAIN AT THE MONASTERY.

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A GLORIOUS AND BLESSED PASCHA.

PHILIPPA

 

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2 Responses to “The Way – Your say!”

  1. frraph said

    Could you give me the basis of the course. Is there a book, or notes attached to it? – from the Southern Hemisphere>

  2. Marinaki said

    The Course is run by the Institute of Orthodox Studies in Cambridge
    http://www.iocs.cam.ac.uk/courses/courses_way.html

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