I wanted to share with this forum of my recent experience in attending a World Christianity conference in St. Louis. A professor at St. Louis University organized it with the hopes of creating greater awareness between the various denominations in Christianity. He came to this desire after deeply pondering with sadness on how the body of Christ is divided into countless segments.
Young leaders from all parts of the world joined together for a week of prayer, lectures, and group work. Participants ranged from Roman Catholics, Anglican, Presbyterian, and as far as the Pentecostals and charismatic groups. Despite our differences, I came to understand the importance of loving each other. A mentality of 'me-against-you' is fruitless; it's very easy to forget the many things we hold in common. It is one thing to read about the other denominations, but quite another to live and interact with them for many days.
On the other hand, in seeing variety, I gained greater appreciation of our own tradition. There are many things we take for granted in Orthodoxy such as structured prayer and the Eucharist. But within our Orthodox faith, the experience of it is often forgotten, too. Talking about the correct doctrine of Trinity, intercessory prayer, infant baptism, etc. can only go so far. The experience of knowing Christ is far more important. Often time, we focus too much on one side and not the other.
Further information, with details of the participants, for the Institute of World Christianity is at: