A couple of weeks ago I purchased two British Orthodox Fellowship publications online. There’s plenty to say about the fellowship itself, about the publications and how I ordered them, but today I want to focus on one book: Our Daily Life.
It’s a 156-page trade paperback, and intended to be a guide book and worship book for isolated and gathered fellowship members.
Apart from a couple of unfortunate references about gay people (and the underlying assumption that this church only appeals to traditionalists) there’s a lot to learn from this book.
Its preface and introduction greet readers with a remarkably wide “come and see” welcome. A 30 day devotional guide, based on the Gospel of Mark, features a verse of the day, a featured passage and a reading from an ancient work. (With a multicultural mix and a surprising number of women’s voices.)
Then come services: full and abbreviated morning and evening prayer, with directions on how to use them alone or in groups. Suggestions for novices, too
The following section is a guide of spiritual disciplines, but I have not read it yet.
A voluminous calendar of the saints and helpful directory of fellowship officers close the work.
Something to consider now: Unitarian Universalists, certainly the Christians, have examples of all the resources already, and have a tradition (through the Universalists) of handbooks for the laity.