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Once every five years or so, a group of about 120 men and women, pastors, laypersons, academics, and church leaders get together to talk about the issues that still divide the churches. It's called the Faith and Order Plenary Commission, and its next meeting will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece, 7-13 October 2009.oac

This year, I've been invited to go. 

And I'm writing a blog.

 

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Bartholomew I to open the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

Who is Bartholomew I, you might ask? He's the ecumenical patriarch. And what's the ecumenical patriarch? He's the head of all Orthodox Christians on all continents which do not fall under the jurisdiction of the autocephalous (independent) or autonomous (semi-independent) Churches.

Confused?

Christianity has a long and complicated history, and even within one "communion," like Orthodoxy, things aren't always clear-cut. But here's what you need to know about Bartholomew I:

- He's the head of a whole bunch of Orthodox churches and bodies around the world, and you can think of him kind of like an Orthodox pope.

- His offices - the Ecumenical Patriarchate - are in Constantinople, otherwise known as Istanbul, Turkey.

- He's known as the "Green Patriarch" because of his commitment to environmentalism.

For more on the ecumenical patriarch, check out this link: http://www.patriarchate.org/

We'll also be hearing from other interesting folks throughout the week:

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/events-sections/faith-and-order-plenary-commission-2009/news/bios.html

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