A while back I went to a lecture by Bishop Kallistos Ware. The lecture was a part of an on going bridge building process between Eastern Orthodox Christians and Evangelical Christians. Below are a couple of take aways that had an impact on me, and one that was interesting. One thing to note – when the word “Evangelical” is used below it’s the uppercase “E” version of the word. This is a narrow category (that most people are familiar with when they hear the word in general) within the very broad category of evangelicalism.
Below is mostly just a copy and paste from Evernote, slightly edited to make it readable.
Wheaton College Center for Early Christian Studies: Evangelical/Eastern Orthodox Dialog
Bishop Kollistos Ware
Quote Ware used from Catholic person I didn’t note down during the intro: “The beginning of any dialog is to learn to love one another. In order to love one another, we must get to know one another.”
- as persons, we are, what we are, only in relation to others
- “one Christian, no Christian.”
- Could be said: “one person, no person”
- I am only a true person if I face other persons. If I look into their eyes, and allow them to look into mine.
- Individual Christian Communities need to be able to say to other communities, “We need you in order to be ourselves.”
- Question asked: “Bishop Ware, are you saved?”
- Answer from Ware: “1 Cor 9:27 – I am being saved.”
- Christ for me
- Event of Salvation
- Eastern Orthodox
- Christos Victor
- Process of Salvation
- Love = motive of incarnation
- life long process
- “conversion begins, never ends”
- Need to be careful about exaggeration [and caricatures of extremes on each side]