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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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And now the fun begins

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

It's Friday morning, and the sun has risen in Crete (trust me, I saw it happen, which if you know me means I was up earlier than I typically like to be. I actually heard a rooster crow after my shower. That's too early).

The past two days have been largely orientation and introduction to the work ahead of us. Today we get started in the nitty-gritty discussion of issues, and hearing from different traditions. It might sound boring to have had two days of introduction, but in truth it’s all groundwork – by now, the 150 of us who are gathered actually know each other a bit, and have already shared worship and meals and fellowship.

It's all part of the journey together. Somehow Christian unity seems more possible when you’re working with the person who was eating scrambled eggs and toast across the table from you just a few hours ago.

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