Orient and Occident Magazine is a publication of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. I have been working with the church on the project for a little under a year, and am proud to announce the first issue is now complete and online.
O&O is scheduled to be an online, quarterly, bilingual magazine. Its goal is to serve primarily Arab Christians of the region in providing articles that consider the intersection of the values of faith and the issues of society.
Many Christians have a strong sense of spirituality; many others are active in political life or defense of their community. Orient and Occident seeks to bring these worlds together – what practical difference should Christian values make for the good of all?
Love, peace, forgiveness, mercy, grace, justice. By no means are these Christian values alone. Orient and Occident also welcomes Muslim and non-religious writers to contribute – and seeks their readership – so that these values might increasingly find expression in the public lives of the region’s people.
Of course, there will be disagreement over how these values should be expressed. Orient and Occident will strive to welcome all opinions. It aims to take no editorial stand, except to insist on a perspective shaped by the values of faith.
The articles of the summer edition include:
- It All Began Here (the Anglican Church and the Middle East)
- Tunisian Christians and the Arab Spring (how they contributed, that they exist)
- My Story with the Thug (necessary introspection of a societal crisis)
- Political Choices and the Confusion of Believers (facing a presidential vote)
- Religious Pluralism in Egypt in the Near Future (on Protestantism and Islamism)
- The Truth No One Talks About (sectarian tension and its roots)
- Two Cities (Augustine’s vision and Egyptian reality)
- Caravan Reflections (contemplating a recent art exhibition)
- Poisons We Love (on the dangers of sugar)
- The Killer of Dreams (short story on parental expectations)
- Two Faced (on political and religious hypocrisy)
In addition to articles, Orient and Occident features Christian bloggers from the Arab world. As these post new material to their site, O&O will automatically feature it in chronological order. Currently there are 17 bloggers featured, but we hope this number will grow as our magazine becomes better known.
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