A week-long inter-Orthodox consultation is concluding its work -- with some 40 senior church participants -- in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, according to the Ekklesia website.
The aim of the consultation -- which began on March 3, 2011 -- is to offer distinctly Orthodox insights as part of a worldwide discussion of the Church, or "ecclesiology." The gathering is hosted by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus.
Those taking part come from Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, church leaders, university professors, theologians, men and women as well as youth, most of whom are members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of Faith and Order.
Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus underlined the importance of the consultation's theme. "Orthodox theology is primarily ecclesiological," he said. "Christianity cannot be understood except as the church."