About five years ago, in the summer of 2009, together with my friends at Casa cartii Publishers, and Fr. Stelian Tofana, my friend and key partner in the Evangelical-Orthodox dialogue, I was involved in the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism, published by Zondervan in 2004. Our special guest for the event, hosted by the University in Cluj, was Dr. Bradley Nassif, one of the authors of the book. During this visit to Romania, my friend Brad asked me if I am interested to contribute from my Word Vision budget to finalising a very interesting project called The Way, an adult Orthodox catechism programme using the methodology tested successfully by the Alpha Course. This was a seven years initiative of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, but it came to a halt, because of financial problems.
After a visit in Cambridge, where I met with the drafting committee led by Dr. David Frost, and a courtesy visit with Metr. Kallistos Ware in Oxford, after I have received the approval of the people I report to in World Vision, I have decided to fund the final stage of this project. Continue reading “The Way – An Orthodox Adult Catechism”