Arab Today, arab today thompson offers a solid insight on uae\s christian community
Last Updated : GMT 09:32:22
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Thompson offers a solid insight on UAE\'s Christian community

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Thompson offers a solid insight on UAE\'s Christian community

Dubai - Arabstoday

Twice a day, five times a week, the sleepy streets that surround Abu Dhabi\'s British School Al Khubairat swell with cars driven by time-stressed parents preparing to drop off or pick up their children. Residents will tell you that rush hour melts away almost as soon as it arrives. Only a few minutes after the afternoon school bell sounds, the area falls back into a comfortable slumber. The crowds return in greater numbers at the weekend when a different blending of sounds announces the arrival of thousands of worshippers to the multi-denominational enclave next door, where churches and the impressive Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Mosque sit side-by-side in a form of multicultural harmony, where people throng the streets, vehicles fill the school\'s empty car parks and expectant chatter is all around. The Reverend Andrew Thompson MBE, Senior Anglican Chaplain at St Andrew\'s church, estimates that more than 10,000 worshippers pass through the church compound gates on any given Friday and anticipates that figure will double for this weekend\'s Easter celebrations. By any estimation it is a staggering number and stands as a testament to this nation\'s acceptance of different cultures or, as Thompson notes in his book Christianity in the UAE: Culture and Heritage: \"It turned out that living the Christian faith in the Muslim world is in some ways easier than living the faith in a secular society.\" In total, there are more than 35 church buildings across the country. \"The late ruler of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, set the ethos for religious tolerance,\" writes Thompson in his introduction, His 200-page volume is at once a thought-provoking and intelligent read. Drawing on a raft of local sources he presents a snapshot of the UAE\'s Christian community and its history. Life may have moved on a little since its 2011 publication, but his book remains as timely as ever. Thompson says he was compelled to write his book because \"there is a fantastic good news story that we are in a Muslim country and we\'ve been given this amazing platform of religious freedom. That is not the experience of a lot of Christian communities in the Middle East.\" He cites Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq as nations where the church is facing \"tough and perilous times\". His pages survey the development of the Evangelical Church, as well as the history of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Indian and Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Churches and suggests a vision of the church in the Emirates in decades to come. All four main threads of Christianity - Oriental Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic - are represented here. Of particular interest are the passages about the development of St Andrew\'s. Originally sited on the Corniche in an \"uncompromisingly modern\" building, the facility was ordained 45 years ago last month. When the government required the land occupied by both it and the Roman Catholic church for development, St Andrew\'s moved to its present Mushrif location, where the first foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of York in 1982. In true Abu Dhabi fashion, the site is currently undergoing another transformation, with the construction of a new multi-storey faith facility.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today thompson offers a solid insight on uae\s christian community Arab Today, arab today thompson offers a solid insight on uae\s christian community

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today thompson offers a solid insight on uae\s christian community Arab Today, arab today thompson offers a solid insight on uae\s christian community

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today EasyJet, Lufthansa among seven to bid

GMT 06:49 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

EasyJet, Lufthansa among seven to bid
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Fighters celebrate Raqa victory

GMT 06:07 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Fighters celebrate Raqa victory
Arab Today, arab today Iran's Facebook shuts down

GMT 23:50 2017 Monday ,16 October

Iran's Facebook shuts down
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman
Arab Today, arab today Three killed, 360,000 without power

GMT 05:11 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Three killed, 360,000 without power
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars

GMT 06:56 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”

GMT 09:31 2017 Monday ,16 October

Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”
Arab Today, arab today India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 18:49 2017 Monday ,16 October

India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 12:33 2017 Friday ,13 October

Anoshka happy for reactions to her talk show

GMT 10:37 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Cara Delevingne accuses Weinstein

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 12:02 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 23:42 2017 Monday ,16 October

Better Marriages Make

GMT 07:02 2017 Sunday ,15 October

German minister sparks uproar

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 03:59 2017 Sunday ,15 October

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday