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14-06-2016, 09:35 AM
Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
After an interlude of more than a a thousand years, 55 years of careful planning, and within days of its opening, the first global gathering of Orthodox churches since the year 787 is teetering on the brink of collapse.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j...CMP=twt_gu

Well that escalated quickly! Rolleyes

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14-06-2016, 09:43 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
(14-06-2016 09:35 AM)Silly Deity Wrote:  After an interlude of more than a a thousand years, 55 years of careful planning, and within days of its opening, the first global gathering of Orthodox churches since the year 787 is teetering on the brink of collapse.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j...CMP=twt_gu

Well that escalated quickly! Rolleyes

from the article (emphasis mine):

Quote:Agenda items include the mission of the Orthodox church in the 21st century, autonomy, marriage, the importance of fasting, and relations with the rest of the world.

When you are figuring out your place in the world, nothing tops the agenda like a good fast.
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14-06-2016, 09:43 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
This is how I pictured it
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14-06-2016, 09:46 AM (This post was last modified: 14-06-2016 11:02 AM by Full Circle.)
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
I can’t think of a better example of how divisive religion is, good post.

Reminds me of this Elmo Phillips joke:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!"
He said, "Nobody loves me."
I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes."
I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"
He said, "A Christian."
I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?"
He said, "Protestant."
I said, "Me, too! What franchise?"
He said, "Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region."

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."
I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

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14-06-2016, 09:46 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
what a shock!
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14-06-2016, 09:50 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
BTW..........are orthodox xtians allowed to "pull out"??

Just asking...............

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14-06-2016, 11:22 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
(14-06-2016 09:50 AM)Silly Deity Wrote:  BTW..........are orthodox xtians allowed to "pull out"??

Just asking...............

It certainly got Onan in trouble.

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14-06-2016, 11:42 AM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
(14-06-2016 09:35 AM)Silly Deity Wrote:  After an interlude of more than a a thousand years, 55 years of careful planning, and within days of its opening, the first global gathering of Orthodox churches since the year 787 is teetering on the brink of collapse.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j...CMP=twt_gu

Well that escalated quickly! Rolleyes
Well, now I'm having flashbacks to the last meeting of the Anglican Communion and their censuring of the Episcopalians in the U.S. And of the recent Methodist General Conference, where it seems homosexuality may cause the split of their church conference.

(14-06-2016 09:46 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  I can’t think of a better example of how divisive religion is, good post.

Reminds me of this Elmo Phillips joke:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!"
He said, "Nobody loves me."
I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes."
I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"
He said, "A Christian."
I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?"
He said, "Protestant."
I said, "Me, too! What franchise?"
He said, "Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region."

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."
I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

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That joke is so spot on it's both not even funny, and hilarious. When I was a Baptist (American Baptist Churches USA), there was a Southern Baptist at Baptist Campus Ministries that lit into me once about how we allowed women to preach and to wear pants in church. How had we lost our way? My reply was, "Well you know, it probably happened around the time you guys split off from the northern Baptists because you thought slavery was a divinely ordained plan."

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(14-06-2016 09:50 AM)Silly Deity Wrote:  BTW..........are orthodox xtians allowed to "pull out"??

Just asking...............

It certainly got Onan in trouble.

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16-06-2016, 12:15 PM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
Quote: The Russian Orthodox church, on the other hand, represents a majority of Orthodox Christians and commands huge wealth. Its leader, Patriarch Kirill, is closely allied to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, whom he has described as “a miracle of God”. Unquote.

Because Putin is such a sincere Christian.

And all this fuss during Ramadan too. Disgraceful!
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16-06-2016, 12:30 PM
RE: Orthodox Christians' global gathering unravels as five churches pull out
Meh ... schism happens.
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