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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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Good morning from Athens!

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009

My computer says it's 8:00 a.m. in California, and after almost 24 hours of travel I'm in Athens awaiting my final flight to Crete. As predicted, it was raining in Frankfurt, but I enjoyed a nice (if very tiny for $3) espresso during my layover there.

For all you travel bugs out there, here's the latest: in Frankfurt, you don't have to take off your shoes when you go through security, though you do have to go through security even though you just got off a plane.

In Athens, same deal. But my shoes made the detector beep, so I got to put my feet (one at a time) on this little machine which then, after testing them for who knows what, lit up with a green "okay" sign, and I was good to go.

I sometimes wonder what aliens from another planet would think of the strange rituals we have here, like x-raying our shoes and putting our liquids in little plastic bags. Or getting instructions about life vests for a water landing, and then flying over the Austrian Alps.

Now, aren't you glad you took the time to read this brilliant, jet-lag post? 

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Doug Hagler said on Oct 6, 2009
I'm glad to hear that you got there safely. I'm pretty sure the shoe-detector thing was testing for explosive-making residue, if you're still curious. Have fun talking about stem cells! That was one of the case studies we look at when I took an ethics course at the Jesuit school in Berkeley, and it's pretty interesting stuff.
Irene said on Oct 6, 2009
Yes, I'm glad I read it. I still can't believe you're in Greece. I only dream of Greece one day. Also, I'm learning that you also believe in aliens... note, ALSO. ;)
Neal said on Oct 7, 2009
Where are you in the Athens airport? I'm sitting at the Allitalia lounge on the 1st floor, waiting for my Aegean airlines flight that leaves at 3pm local time for Chania.
Anitra Kitts said on Oct 7, 2009
I recently traveled to DC and back - and on the return trip had a walking cane with me (arthritis is starting to ring out the "you are not immortal" warnings) which I carried through security and on board. Its a significant object. I could do some serious damage with it as a weapon. Yet, I can fly with it but not a tube of toothpaste. Don't you feel better now?
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