The SOR Forum is a moderated Q&A (Question & Answer) forum
of the Syriac Orthodox Resources web site hosted at Yahoo Groups (URL
It is intended for those who wish to learn more about the Syriac Orthodox
Church. In this age of information overload and email proliferation, it
is extremely important that messages posted on the forum be relevant to
the objectives of the forum. Please make sure that you understand and
agree with the rules below before you participate in this forum. Should
you require any clarifications or have comments about the policies, please
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"Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow
to anger" (James 1:19).
Conformance to Purpose of the Forum
 The forum is intended primarily for answering
questions about the Syriac Orthodox Church. Moderators of the forum may
not approve a message if the content of the message is not appropriate
for the forum.
 Only questions that relate to the faith of the Syriac Orthodox Church
are permitted. This includes inquiring about any aspect of the
Syriac Orthodox faith, religious practices, personal spiritual experiences,
canon law that pertains to the daily affairs of the Church and its faithful
(e.g., baptism, marriage, etc.). This does not include topics such
as politics in the community and church, ethnicity, nationality, etc.
 Please make a good faith effort to find answers to questions on the
SOR web site or other sources prior to posting questions on the forum.
 Messages which post unsolicited information will be typically rejected.
If a request is made, information directly relevant to the Syriac Orthodox
Church and deemed to be of interest to the members of the forum may be
consolidated into a periodic newsletter and posted by the moderators.
If after request, a participant continues to post unsolicited information,
the participant's privileges will be revoked.
Maintaining Thread Quality and Integrity
 A message posted by a member should state the question clearly and
succinctly. The topic of the message should be clearly titled and all
questions within a message should pertain to the same topic. Moderators
of the forum may not approve a message that does not state questions clearly
or may ask for clarification when appropriate.
 Responses to messages should be brief and pertinent to the questions
asked. Avoid rehashing of information already stated in earlier messages
on the same thread. Please do not reply to messages with history; where
necessary, include relevant portions of the message(s) to which the response
is posted. Extended discussions on a topic will be monitored for relevance
to the topic originating the thread.
Language of Messages
 Messages may currently be posted on the
SOR Forum in English only. A message may be posted in Syriac (either using
the Beth Mardutho
Unicode Syriac fonts or in English transliteration); however, such messages
should be accompanied by an English translation. Participants should attempt
to construct messages in grammatically correct English. We realize that
not all participants have adequate facility with written English. Moderators
may correct obvious grammatical errors in messages. However, messages
with many syntactical errors that affect the interpretation of the poster's
message may not be approved.
Acknowledgement of Sources
 Sources used in messages must always be acknowledged and wherever
possible references must be provided. Moderators may reject messages that
do not provide appropriate acknowledgements.
 You must have an email account to participate in the forum. In order
to maintain the integrity of the forum, all messages must be signed by
the true name of the contributor. Posts that appear to be anonymous will
not be distributed. However, we do not want to deter those who might have
a legitimate spiritual need from seeking help anonymously. In such a case,
the anonymous contributor needs to create an Internet email account (e.g.,
at http://www.hotmail.com, http://mail.yahoo.com, etc.) using an anonymous
name. Anonymous messages will be distributed only if the SORForum
moderator is convinced of the need for anonymity.
Projecting a Christian Spirit
 This is a Church forum. Treat it as
such. Any uncivil posts containing personal attacks, flaming, propaganda,
etc., and posts discourteous to the clergy or hierarchy, will not be distributed
regardless of content.
 Please recognize that members contribute
to the forum in their limited free time. No one is obligated to respond
to messages posted on the forum.
Ethnic Identity of the Syriac Orthodox
 We recognize that the ethnic identity
question stems from the angst about the plight of Syriac Orthodox and
other Eastern Christians in the Middle Eastern countries. We are deeply
concerned about the future of the Syriac Orthodox Church, its ancient
monasteries, churches, and people in these lands. However, the issue has
proved in the past to cause divisions and flaming arguments on SOR-Forum
and other Syriac forums. We do not wish SOR-Forum to host questions and
discussions that focus on what divides; we desire earnestly to foster
unity as brethren in Christ, regardless of ethnic identities and political
aspirations. Therefore, messages on this topic will not be approved.
Schism in the Malankara Church in India
 For much of the 20th century, the Syriac
Orthodox Church in Malankara has been torn apart by a schism between two
factions one owing allegiance to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
and the other to the Catholicos in India. The two factions have engaged
in litigation in the courts for many decades renting the community apart.
Unfortunately the schism continues to this day. The Syriac Orthodox Resources
web site will give voice to the views of the Syriac Orthodox Church in
India under the Patriarch of Antioch and will disseminate factual information
on the litigation such as transcripts of verdicts, publish significant
news, etc. However, due to the divisive nature of the topic, we will not
entertain discussion pertaining to the schism on SOR-Forum.
Any message which violates the above guidelines will not be distributed
without notice or explanation. Emails to the SOR Editorial Board regarding
undistributed messages will be ignored. Members who repeatedly violate
the rules of the forum will be removed from the forum.
As the board has limited free time, you can help us expand SOR by simply
abiding with the above guidelines. Any time we spend on controlling the
forum is taken away from expanding and improving the web site.
SOR reserves the right to amend the above rules without notice.