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WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit addressing synod of the United Protestant Church of France in Lyon. © 2013 Église Protestante Unie de France
WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit addressing synod of the United Protestant Church of France in Lyon. © 2013 Église Protestante Unie de France

[WCC News] Two member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from Reformed and Lutheran traditions have united to become the United Protestant Church of France (L’Église Protestante Unie de France).

The merger of the Reformed Church of France (L’Église Réformée de France) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of France (L’Église Évangélique Luthérienne de France) was celebrated at a joint national synod from 8 to 12 May in Lyon, France.

The synod adopted revised texts for the constitution and rules of the new church. The revisions reflect inputs gathered from parishes in 2011. Public education and a communication campaign have been accompanying the merger process.

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, who attended the celebration in Lyon, praised the efforts of both churches in creating one transformative structure.

He said that this undertaking “reminds us that the unity to which we are called in Christ can be hard work as well as joyful. For many of us in places far away from France your union gives hope that our own work may also bear fruit.”

“Your new church is a fruit, a harvest, of ecumenical work in the past. I want to encourage you to continue to be generous in taking up your ecumenical role locally and nationally in the sometimes quite complex ecumenical landscape,” added Tveit.

He said that the way in which Christians from diverse confessions have managed to work together in France is an inspiration for Christians elsewhere. “I am also encouraged by how your church, now united, has been so well-represented also by lay people and women in many ecumenical gatherings,” said Tveit.

Read the 2012 news story “French Reformed and Lutheran churches merge“, about the meeting of the two synods to adopt the plan of union.

World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway.

Posted: May 14, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4525
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: church union, ecumenism, Lutheran, Reformed churches
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