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Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, Moscow, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, and the New Calendar churches of Greece, Cyprus, and Albania met for a seven-day ecumenical symposium sponsored by the Anglican Communion, to continue a “study” on “Christian anthropology”. (Four invited delegates were unable to attend.)

According to the release from the Anglican Communion News Service:

“The members of the Commission were warmly welcomed to the diocese of St Asaph in the Church in Wales by Bishop Gregory Cameron and by clergy and faithful of the churches of the diocese.    Members of the Commission visited the churches of St Giles, Wrexham and All Saints, Gresford. Accompanied by the Roman Catholic bishop of Wrexham, they prayed at St Winefride’s well, a site of holy pilgrimage for many centuries, and enjoyed fellowship with parishioners, local civic dignitaries and other ecumenical guests at St Peter’s Church, Holywell. Members took part in Choral Evensong at St Asaph’s Cathedral and, following the service, were graciously hosted by the bishop in his home. The Commission members appreciated the opportunity to learn about the long and rich history of Christianity in Wales, and to be so thoughtfully received by Bishop Gregory, himself a former co-secretary of the dialogue.

Daily prayer strengthened the work of the Commission. Members also attended the Divine Liturgy at St Barbara’s Orthodox Church in Chester and the Eucharist at Chester Cathedral, where they were warmly welcomed by the Dean and Chapter.”

The full article is here.

Once upon a time, sending representative commissions to heterodox bodies for daily joint prayer and discussion would have been considered horrific in “official Orthodoxy”. Now, however, it seems that such behaviors only produce a sense of dread among True Orthodox.

For “official Orthodoxy”, it’s just more of the same.