July 25, 2014

Orthodox Hierarchs Gather for Unity Conference

Hasapiko? No, ecumenical dancing at CEC

No, not that kind. The Conference of European Churches, an ecumenical organization, is preparing for an assembly in Lyon, France, July 15-21. The theme for the gathering is "Called to One Hope in Christ," and attending, the CEC says, are Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop Anastasios of the Orthodox Church of Albania (also delivering the opening sermon), and Patriarch Daniel from the Romanian Orthodox Church. According to the CEC press office, "each Assembly day will have a different focus: – Thursday 16 will be the “Hope” day, with reflections on the Assembly theme; – Friday 17 July will be the “Vision” day, looking forward to the future of the ecumenical movement in Europe," etc. The Russian Orthodox Church suspended its membership in the CEC late last year over a dispute involving the status of the Estonian Orthodox Church. I can't find any indication that they're back in. Given the statements of warming relations between Moscow and Constantinople recently, we … [Read more...]

A clear exposition of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

... and a view into anchorite monasticism from a Romanian hermit.   HT: Visibilium. … [Read more...]