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Year 2 No 7 | June 22, 2016



Pentecost 2016
“He called all to unity”


Stamped as the first Council of the current self-governing Orthodox Churches since the year of 787 AD, on Sunday, June 19, 2016 a historic gathering of Orthodox Primates opened on the Greek island of Crete, and it is due to end on June 27, 2016.

This Council has been in preparation for fifty-five years. Five months ago all Primates of the fourteen Orthodox Churches met in Chambésy, Geneva, and agreed to convene the Holy and Great Council at this time. However, within days from the opening, the Churches of Antioch, Bulgaria, Georgia and Russia decided not to attend this synod. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill considers the Crete gathering a preparatory session for a synod that will unite all the Churches.

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Documents with Unanimous Approval

* The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World
* The Orthodox Diaspora
* Autonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed
* The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today
* Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World

Documents without Unanimous Approval

* The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments

Regulations and Procedures

* Organization and Working Procedure of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church







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IPSEC Newsletter (ISSN 2473-9146) is the official newsletter of the Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, Harvard Square | P.O. Box 380246 | Cambridge, MA 02238-0246, U.S.A. | | The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information about our institute’s activity, and to disseminate selected news about conflicts affecting the daily existence of Orthodox Christians around the world, as well as various announcements from similar organizations. Focused on research, consulting and education, IPSEC’s goal is to make a positive contribution to the world peace by focusing on the role of religion in international and interreligious relations. IPSEC is affiliated with Harvard Divinity School as a field education agency; offering educational services to graduate students on the role of Orthodox Christianity in international relations, conflict, and policymaking. We welcome your comments, queries, and suggestions; so please direct all correspondence to Dr. Marian Simion at