While clashes between the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood have received ample attention in recent days, Western media have started to take notice of the violence affecting Egypt’s largest Christian group: the Coptic Church, spiritual home to about 10% of the country’s population.
If you’re not familiar with one of the oldest churches in Christianity, you can learn about it right here in the Twin Cities this coming weekend. On Saturday, August 24 (11am – 8pm) and Sunday, August 25 (11am – 7pm), St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in South St. Paul will hold its eighth annual Coptic Festival. All are invited:
Come join us as we share our Coptic Christian heritage and culture with you. Our festival will have a cultural program includes movies, slide presentations, church tours, and church choir music free of charge. The festival also includes exhibits and sale of books, artifacts and jewelry, bakery sales and great Egyptian food. There are activities for children, and a lively and fun atmosphere for all!
Look for Bethel History minor Andrea Kanani, who will be giving tours on Coptic history and theology.