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Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. A Conversation on the Sobor Just Past…



This passed between a friend and me on the net (I’m in plain type):

Sobor was actually more positive than I imagined it’d be; there was an honest feeling amongst attendees that we’ve turned a corner, and turned it in the right direction.

You know as well as I do that the main thing to come out of the Sobor was that the SOBs refused to back Maymon. It’s all a matter of time… but the OCA is on the way to “coming home”. Onufry coming to the Sobor was IMPORTANT. The Centre never sent anyone so big under Fatty. Are the konvertsy on the way out? I dunno… it’ll be an interesting two years ahead… that’s what I see, any road.

The SOBs refusal to back Maymon was major. Yes… there’s still some trouble coming up (Maymon is spending diocesan money inappropriately on something nasty… but that’s going to come out soon, no need to roil the water more), but we dodged the major bullet. Now, the question arises, what’ll the konvertsy do when they realise that their tantrums will go nowhere? I can’t say, but it does “feel” good, if you know what I mean.

God willing, the present movement toward Russian Orthodox unity in the diaspora won’t abate. I’d say… let’s look back two years hence… it may look different (and better) then…


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