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A Message from the Principal.

THE PLIGHT OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The trials and sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, are constantly in the mind of members of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies - not least because one of our Directors, Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, is with his people in Damascus at the centre of civil war, whilst his brother, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, our close friend and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute, is, along with the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, held hostage and at the mercy of rebel forces.

We have petitioned the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary to seek the release of the two Bishops and have received an assurance from the department handling Middle Eastern affairs that they are doing all they can. Many of us will be moved to contribute to the relief of Iraqi and Syrian refugees - though it is wise to take note of the warning from the Charity Commission to check the credentials of relief organizations before you give.

Bishop Angaelos
Meanwhile, we draw your attention to the outstanding address given at Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge, during a Prayer Vigil for Christians in the Middle East, by the Coptic Bishop in Great Britain, Bishop Angaelos. As a path to understanding what is happening, in its historical and scriptural context, and as an aid to deciding how we should response, it could hardly be bettered. It is to be found at http://www.bishopangaelos.org/content/hope-christians-middle-east.

The Institute is very excited to announce the newly developed Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology programme by Distance Learning - a course run jointly with the Cambridge Theological Federation and validated by Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). Our Institute has run this course successfully face-to-face in Cambridge for 15 years and we are very proud to be able to offer it now also to people from all over the world!

Cambridge Liturgical Psalter - Now as an AUDIO BOOK

A reading by the Principal, Professor David Frost, of the complete Book of Psalms (Cambridge Liturgical Psalter version) is now available as an audio book from AUDIBLE, price £14.49, but only £3.99 if you take out membership of Audible. The recording is also available from iTunes and Amazon.

Buying the Cambridge Liturgical Psalter Audio Book is another way you can help IOCS, because for every person who gets the recording at reduced membership price, the publisher gets a bounty of $50! Purchase here »

Yoga and Christianity: click here to listen to Dr Christine Mangala Frost's recent contribution on the BBC Radio 4 programme on Yoga.

ONLINE COURSE IN NEW TESTAMENT GREEK. The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies recommends a course in New Testament Greek by Distance Learning, for which enrolments will start from March this year. The course is organised and run by Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos, currently a Visiting Lecturer with our Institute. For more information about the course please see the attached leaflet or contact Fr Nikodemus at nikodemos.anagnostopoulos@ntgreek.co.uk or info@ntgreek.co.uk Please click here for more information »

Appeal to to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary on behalf of kidnapped Syrian Bishops. Please click here to see the letter which our Principal, Professor David Frost, sent to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, regarding the kidnapping of Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo. We urge all our friends to also write to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary with similar pleas.

Palamas House
IOCS acquires new home! The Institute is delighted to announce the purchase of own premises at 25-27 High Street Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1ND. To learn more about this major development in the life of the Institute, please read the Principal's letter here.