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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.

 

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Storm at sea

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

The last day we were in Crete, the storm clouds rolled in. The wind picked up, the skies darkened, and late afternoon the rain came down in sheets. I was in a windowless room when it happened, but we could hear the rain pounding on the roof. We dashed out to witness the downpour and the roiling seas crashing against the rocky shore.

It was just a passing thunderstorm. An hour later, the ground was wet and the sky was gray, but the storm had dissipated. But that brief tempest gave me a new appreciation of St. Paul’s travel to Crete, and of all of Paul’s journeys by boat in stormy seas.

Every time I travel, I’m reminded of how much we are shaped by our environment and what’s familiar. Anyone who grew up in Crete would likely have a completely different understanding of the stories of the New Testament than I do having grown up it the United States, thousands of miles from the geography of the Bible.

What is familiar to us can define what we are able to see.

So one of the most important reasons to meet people from other Christian expressions in other parts of the world is because our vision of how God works will always be more limited if we don’t.

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