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   Our church’s GOD GAB GROUP will travel to New Smyrna on JAN. 29 for a presentation on “ORTHODOX THEOLOGY” led by Dr. Paul Edson, recently retired after teaching humanities for more than 20 years at Embry-Riddle University. He will bring along some examples of icons and talk about their function in the various denominations of the Eastern branch of Christianity. Greek, Russian, Serbian, Coptic and several other Orthodox faith groups now claim nearly  1 million active worshipers in America, with some estimates ranging up to 4 million. Within Volusia and Flagler counties, we have at least 8 Orthodox congregations, with about 1300 members.

Our 90-minute discussion, held jointly with the New Smyrna Theology Club, will start promptly at 3 p.m. at the Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula (a half-block south of the North Causeway.)

Like all our God Gab sessions, this program is simply to share information, not an effort to convert anyone to a particular doctrine. We’ll include plenty of time for Q&A. Paul discovered the Orthodox faith back in 1961 and he leads annual tours of the St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church during the Daytona Greek Festival. Ten of our NCF members attended a tour in Novmber. Paul states: “The Orthodox Church is the ancient—and also very contemporary — church that studied the Scriptures to define the Trinity, Jesus’ two natures, and the vocation of humankind. It is a church that worships in a comfortable way, but a way that is also filled with great beauty.”

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