|Greek Orthodox leaders meeting in Crete, Greece.|
Source: Archdeacon Panteleimon
It was supposed to be in Istanbul but that was deemed too risky. So far the press releases are formalities and the American priests' Facebook posts reflect how awestruck everyone is.
On day one, today, the big story is that the Russians didn't participate. It's a patriarchal power game, and the BBC reported the Russians have issues with the Ukranian Orthodox and unity efforts.
Photos from the cathedral in Iraklion look inspiring, as were the vistas from an ancient monastery overlooking the Mediterranean.
Sadly, I have not seen any nuns or females in photos. Also disappointing: the orange juice brand with a scantily-clad woman (see photo) that someone decided should be served to make a point. You couldn't serve that today in Iznik, Turkey. That city was formerly called Nicea, and was where another of these famous councils came up with the Nicene Creed used in so many Christian services. Today, tour buses visit Iznik and many churches are in ashes. One hopes for some inspiration from such meetings.
Photo credit: New Yorker and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Archdeacon Panteleimon via Facebook, showing the leader of the American Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Demetrios, seated at far left.