Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Inextinguishable flame

As 45 participants, from Orthodox and Evangelical communitiaries around the would, gathered for the Opening Banquet of the Lausanne-Orthodox Consultation tonight we were reminded of the ‘Inextinguishable flame of Christ’.  Welcoming us to St. Vlash monastery and to Albania, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania reminded us of the suffering of the church here under communism and the remarkable resurrection of faith in the 1990s. He encouraged us to “stand together” as witness to Christ the inextinguishable Light of the world.

His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios with His Grace Bishop Angaelos and Mrs. Grace Mathews

His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios with His Grace Bishop Angaelos and Mrs. Grace Mathews

Pastor Ali Kurti, welcoming us on behalf of the Evangelical Community in Albania, spoke of the power of the gospel to transform lives and the seriousness with which Christians should not just read, but also live, the Scriptures.

The joint chairs of our Initiative (pictured) are His Grace Bishop Anglaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Mrs. Grace Mathews, Vice-Chair of the Lausanne Movement.

Arrival in St. Vlash

Last night Archbishop Jeronymos of Mwanza, Grace Mathews and Mark Oxbrow arrived at St. Vlash monastery. For those of you still on the way here I can tell you it is a very beautiful location with the cathedral, a place of prayer, at the heart of everything.

St. Vlash Cathedral

St. Vlash Cathedral

At the liturgy this morning we prayed for you all and for our time together. This will be an important week as we reflect together on all that God has called us to, His gracious invitation to be participants in His mission, each from our own traditions. For me this is a foretaste of the heavenly worship of all nations, tribes, languages, and people before the throne of the Lamb of God (Rev. 7:9).