I fly Saturday from the beautiful autumn leaves of Appalachia and make a pilgrimage to Seattle. Every three years the Orthodox Church in America has an “All-American Council,” in which we conduct a certain amount of Church business, pray some, and do the sorts of things you do at conventions. St. Gregory the Theologian thought that Councils were a waste of time, “producing only anger and rancor.” He was correct, of course, but the specific council of which he was speaking turned out to be the Second Ecumenical Council, so some good can come from such endeavors.
Every such gathering in the Church is fraught with temptation, both personal and institutional. May God protect us all.
I hope to be able to post and respond while there (at least a little), though I probably will not post on the Council itself. Not my thing.
I’ll also be signing books and helping out at the Ancient Faith Radio table.
The pilgrimage part – is to see the Pacific Ocean – something that has escaped me lo these 57 years.
Glory to God for all things!