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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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The wisdom of the olive tree

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

Last night we visited one of the oldest olive trees in the world. It might possibly be the oldest one, except no one really knows how old it is. Best guess is about 3,000 years. Branches from this tree have been made into the wreaths awarded to Olympic marathon winners.

I don’t know much about how olive trees grow, but this particular tree has a very distinctive trunk.

It’s hollow.

After years of gripping the ground through weather and time, the tree's knotty outer trunk has twisted around itself. But as it has done so, a hollow center has developed in its heart. You can actually see into the trunk itself. And the strong Cretan wind blows right through it.

The ancient tree remains rooted by being open to the wind.

(Here's a photo.)

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Irene said on Oct 13, 2009
That is way too awesome and I love the picture of the tree. I like your final statement of the fact that it remains rooted by being open to the wind... that wind can mean so many different things... which is why I will never be ancient. hee hee... :)
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