Article in Transforming Ministry: ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’

Boys belonging to the order of Quroyo (Reader) in the Syrian Orthodox Church in the USA

My article ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’ has just been published in the Winter 2020 edition of Transforming Ministry, the magazine of the Church of England’s Central Readers’ Council. The article looks at how the office of Reader is exercised in the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Church of the East, where there is a great deal of diversity in whether Readers are considered clergy or laity, in whether both men and women are admitted as Readers, and in whether Readers are permitted to preach. This article is a sequel to an earlier article comparing lectors in the Roman Catholic Church with Readers in the Church of England.

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