Coptics Studies: Past Events

Fall 2009

Claremont Graduate University
The School of Religion
Council for Coptic Studies

cordially invites you to a public lecture on

Living Between Two Worlds: Egyptian Christians in America

by H.G. Bishop Youssef
Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Southern United States

at Mudd Theater
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Avenue (x Foothill Blvd)
Claremont, CA 91711

Tuesday December 1, 2009
6:00 pm Social, Refreshments, and
Book Signing, The Churches of Egypt,
by editor Carolyn Ludwig and coauthor Gawdat Gabra

7:00 pm Performance by Coptic Church Ecclesiastical Choir
7:25 Impressions by Faculty and Students
7:45 pm Lecture
8:55 pm Benediction by H.G. Bishop Serapion (with Choir)

Culture consists of socially acquired information through beliefs, values, knowledge, ideas, etc. that impact one’s behavior and attitude especially in the family setting. The change from a familiar environment to an unfamiliar one is faced by many Egyptian Christians in America.  This lecture will present how individuals adapt differently to a new culture and illustrate the challenges imposed during this adjustment period. The lecture will also explore the impact of individuals’ adaptation on their family relationships and the role one has in the family adaptation process. This will lead to the most important question: what is the impact of cultural adaptation on one’s spirituality?

His Grace Bishop Youssef has been Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States since 1995. His monastic life began in 1986 after practicing medicine as an ENT specialist.  He started his ministry in America in 1989 serving as a priest for the Coptic congregation in Dallas, TX. He received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX in 2002. Among other projects in the diocese, His Grace Bishop Youssef established four institutions: a Family Ministry Program, the St. Athanasius Theological Seminary, the St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey in Corpus Christi, TX and the St. Mary Convent in New Smyrna, Florida.

The deeply spiritual and beautiful Coptic chants performed by the Ecclesiastical Choir are among the oldest liturgical genres still performed today.

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. S. Michael Saad, Chair, Council for Coptic Studies, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, e-mail: saad3@aol.com.

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