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ETSC's Easter Greeting


Dear Friends,

       As many of you are no doubt aware, our Palm Sunday celebrations were sadly shaken by bombs exploding at the Orthodox churches in Tanta and in Alexandria, causing many casualties. The Egyptian nation, and the Christian community specifically,have been deeply shocked by what has happened. However, as we recall in Holy Week all the sufferings and humiliation Jesus Christ endured for our sakes, the voice of the Egyptian Church in return is clearly heard through such incidents: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall divouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: â€?For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom 8:35-37).
 
    We thank God that death was not the last word, and evil did not prevail. We are an Easter people and rejoice in the fact that Jesus rose from the tomb, conquering death and opening up the way to everlasting life.

    As an Easter people, we will not give in to terrorism and those who wish the Church harm; we will continue to engage with society, ever seeking its good: and we will live out Christ’s message of peace and love and justice.

    I wish you all a blessed and meaningful Easter and encourage you to keep the Egyptian Church in your prayers, remembering especially the families of those who died in the explosions and all who were injured.

Atef Gendy
President of ETSC

 

ETSC Update February, 2017

    Warm greetings from Cairo, and in this our first newsletter of the year we wish all our friends our very best wishes for the New Year.

    We have just completed our short January Term, when the students have intensive classes over a three week period.  It is a time when we are able to invite international scholars to come and share their knowledge with our students, and in past years we have had people like Professor Iain Torrance, President Emeritus of Princeton, and Professor Mark Labberton, President of Fuller.

ETSC Update December, 2016

A word from the President

    Dear friends and partners of ETSC, over 2000 years ago joy and sadness blended together because of the birth of the baby Jesus. While angels were singing the good news of the birth of the King of peace, many families mourned because of the massacre of their little children by Herod.

    This year the church of Egypt experiences the same blend of joy and sadness.As we celebrate the memory of the Lord Jesus' birth, we mourn with many families who lost the lives of beloved ones due to the explosion that took place in St. Peter's church in Cairo last Sunday.

ETSC Update October, 2016


Opening of new Academic Year
 

    The Fall Semester is now well and divuly underway, and it is exciting to see lots of new faces around the campus. We are delighted to have 11 new M.Div. students (5 have previously taken some courses with us, but are now divansferring to the M.Div with the view of being ordained), while over 70 have been registered for the MAT programme across our three campuses . We are thrilled by the size of the intake, which is the largest on record. This represents the keen interest in receiving quality theological divaining, in order to be equipped for the many challenges faced by Christians in Egypt today. The new academic year was officially opened at a special luncheon on Friday 23rd September, attended by Board members, faculty, adminisdivative staff and students from the various programmes.  Four students from different years-programmes were given the opportunity to speak about their experiences and what they hoped they would gain from their time at the Seminary. Dr. Gendy in his address expressed his satisfaction in the direction the Seminary is taking, with growing numbers of students, the sdivess on servant minisdivy and the additional emphasis on capacity building for lay leaders within the church, with divaining sessions for women, youths and elders. The year has got off to a good start!

Update July, 2015


 We praise the Lord for our faithful partners who have contributed to ETSC’s Faculty Development process. In order to provide a stronger core of academically prepared Egyptian faculty, ETSC embarked on a systematic Faculty Development program in mid nineties. Since then seven professors have earned their doctorate/ Th.M. degree including:  -  Atef Gendy, (Ph.D.), University of Aberdeen 2001

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