The Dialogue between the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece and the Orthodox Ecclesiastical Community of Those in Resistance
Fourth Joint Statement
On Thursday June 7/20, 2013 in the hall of the church of St. Spyridon in Galatsion, the eighth meeting occurred of the committees for dialogue between the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece and the Orthodox Community of Those in Resistance.
All of the designated members of both committees were present.
During the meeting the discussion of the written report entitled “The Ecclesiological Self-Understanding of the Orthodox Ecclesiastical Community of Those in Resistance" was completed based on written questions submitted on behalf of the committee of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece. Observations on the part of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece were submitted to the answers given by the Orthodox Community of Those in Resistance. From the discussion, which lasted 6 hours, the direction of the further discussions was diagnosed. The great amount of time which the Joint-Discussions take indicates - on the one hand – the good climate of the discussions, but simultaneously that there is a distance between the opinions of each side which fuels the discussions
The next Joint Meeting will take place on Friday, June 22/July 5, 2013 in the Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina in Phylē, Attica.
From the Joint Secretariat of the Committees for Dialogue.
Galatsion - Phylē
June 17/30, 2013
Translated from the Greek
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