chapter  2
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The Myth of an Ideal Leader

This chapter gives an overview of the origins and present situation of Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom. Before the twentieth century Eastern Orthodox Christians were a rare presence in the United Kingdom, and confined to a very few places. The Greeks were the first to establish an organised community in England in the seventeenth century. From 1716 a Russian Embassy church existed in London and was the home of the parish of the Dormition. A Serbian church community was formally set up in 1942. Serbs first settled in Great Britain in any numbers after the Second World War. A chaplain has been attached to the Romanian Legation in London to serve the diplomatic community before the Second World War. A few have joined the Greek, Serbian or Romanian Orthodox churches, while some are in the Patriarchate of Antioch. In addition, a few Orthodox are happy to attend their local Anglican church.