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One Church, indivisible: Aimee's blog from Crete

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.

 

The Big Crete Meeting

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Snapshots

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
  • chatting with a Samoan delegate whose own community was not affected by the recent tsunami, but who sent relief supplies and a work team from his congregation to assist with devastated areas before he boarded a plane for this meeting in Crete
  • hearing from a pastor from Malawi, who said that in his country they say “AIDS has the face of women,” because so often women not only contract the disease, but are the ones most affected by the consequences of illness and death in families – and are frequently blamed for them, too
  • eating dinner last night with Dr. Sharon Watkins, the president and head of the U.S. Disciples of Christ denomination, who preached at the worship service in the National Cathedral the day after the inauguration of President Obama, the first woman ever to preach for a presidential inaugural service
  • catching up with Lucy, a Presbyterian woman from Kenya I met five years ago at a meeting in Ghana, who though she has finished all her training is still awaiting ordination in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, along with other Kenyan women who expected ordination before now
  • praying with a pastor who expressed concern for his church and for Christians living under an oppressive government, who asked me not to share any specific information about him because of his fear of retribution, but covets prayers from around the globe

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Jonathan Evans said on Oct 8, 2009
Wow - what a rich experience! We're praying for those folks!
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