by Jim Forest
In the last decade, with the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Church in Albania has gone through dramatic changes. Albania was the first officially atheist state in the world. After 1967 all forms of religious expression, even prayer in one’s own home, were forbidden. Since the fall of communism, the Orthodox Church, the oldest and largest Christian community in Albania, has been transformed from a repressed church into a vibrant, rapidly growing and inspired force for renewal and reconciliation in the country.
Jim Forest’s narrative presents a fascinating historical background and an inspiring story of current church witness. The traditions and life of this fellowship, so clearly portrayed, will help educate the wider Christian community about Albania’s diverse religious life and also the role religion can play as a potential force for both healing and peace in the Balkan region.
The book is illustrated with 65 photos. A selection of the photos can be seen at the Albania report page.
The author: Jim Forest has written many books, including The Ladder of the Beatitudes, Confession: Doorway of Forgiveness, Praying with Icons and Religion in the New Russia. He is secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and editor of the quarterly journal In Communion.
Here are several chapters from the book:
- Out of the Darkness: the voice of Marika Cico
- Freedom: the voice of Metropolitan John Pelushi
- Only With Love: the voice of Raimonda Shqeva
- A Long Honeymoon: the voices of Father Luke & Faith Veronis
- A Candle in Front of the Savior: the voice of Archbishop Anastasios
World Council of Churches
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published August 2002, 128pp, illustrated.
Price: Sfr26.00, US$15.95, UK£10.95, 17 euros.
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