Spiritual Ecumenism: The Anatasis Dialogue Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 26 November 2007 08:41
One new initiative that I've been distantly connected with - well, in e-mail conversation with a couple of the prime movers although I've never met them - is the intriguing Anatasis Dialogue. Be sure and visit their blog where a highly literate discussion is going on right now.

The Anatasis Dialogue is sponsored by Holy Resurrection Orthodox Monastery in "Newberry Springs, CA and supported by Cardinal George. I met Hieromonk Maximus briefly while he was studying at Patriarch Anthenagorus Orthodox Institute at the Graduate School of Philosophy in Berkley and living at St. Albert's, the home of the Western Dominican Province.

The goal is "spiritual ecumenism" - a phrase used many times in Church teaching.

"Change of heart and holiness of life, along with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the heart and as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and merits the name "spiritual ecumenism."

Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), n. 8.

I made my own small contribution to spiritual ecumenism while conversing with the Orthodox priest who attended Making Disciples in Maryland. While standing in line for dinner, I commented that it would be hard to overestimate my total cluelessness regarding things Orthodox. His gracious reply: "That's part of your charm."

Ignorance and charm. Hmmmm. Well, whatever I can contribute to the cause . . .