Elpidophoros Lambriniadis

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The below is cut from the Trent Gilliss' interview with Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, the Metropolitan of Bursa in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

What is the spirit of ecumenical patriarchy? The spirit is the openness, the openness to the other, whoever this other is. Is this other another Christian, another denomination? Is another religion, another nation, another culture? Whatever it is, we are open not in a synchronistic way, but open in a way of understanding the other and being able to live in peace with the other. But if you want to meet the other and have dialogue with the other, you must be confident and well-equipped with your culture, with your theology. If you are not well-equipped, then when you meet the other, you are confused. And when you are confused, you're afraid. And when you're afraid, you're aggressive and you go back to conservatism. Conservatism is an excuse for the fact that you cannot meet the other because you don't know your tradition well or because you are unsafe on how to meet the other. If you are well educated and well equipped with your own theology, culture, language you have no problem to face the other who ever this other is.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/transcript/4784

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