I'm interested in what is being done in ecumenical relations with the Church of the East.
After doing some research on them, including reading documents on the rich history of the Persian Church, as well as their position on Nestorius, and the Nestorian heresy (which I believe Nestorius would have condemned), as well as the Church's Christology (which matches what Nestorius ACTUALLY taught) I have come to the conclusion that the Christology of the Church of the East and that of the Eastern (or chalcedonian) Orthodox Church are the same: and no that does not mean nestorian, as in the heresy, but rather as Nestorius taught. Two natures (usia, and physis) united in one person (prosopon). One Jesus Christ, human and Divine, niether nature diminished, nor confused.
I worry though about what our non-Chalcedonian brethren's response would be to union with the Assyrian Chirch and vice-versa. Although the confusion there lies, I think, between Nature and Person. I wonder, is any ecumenical effort present between the Oriental Orthodox and the Assyrian Church?
Any info on relations with eastern or Oriental Orthodox would be appreciated.
Mods can move this to a more appropriate forum is necessary.One is Christ the Son of God,
Worshiped by all in two natures;
In His Godhead begotten of the Father,
Without beginning before all time;
In His humanity born of Mary,
In the fullness of time, in a body united;
Neither His Godhead is of the nature of the mother,
Nor His humanity of the nature of the Father;
The natures are preserved in their Qnumas*,
In one person of one Sonship.
And as the Godhead is three substances in one nature,
Likewise the Sonship of the Son is in two natures, one person.
So the Holy Church has taught.
* Qnuma, is an Aramaic word. The nearest equivalent is the Greek “hypostasis”, in Latin “substantia” and in English “substance”. http://www.nestorian.org/index.html
is where I got my info. The sections on the Nestorian controversy were particularely helpful on that subject.