Bishop Olav Fykse Tveit: “We are called to be one as churches, as followers of Christ”

 — Sept. 5, 20225 sept. 2022

In a special greeting to the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly, Bishop Olav Fykse Tveit, presiding bishop of the Church of Norway and former WCC general secretary, expressed what a miracle the assembly gathered is.

“It is a miracle that we all are able to gather here. Knowing how much work it is behind such an event, I will particularly commend all staff members and all involved in the preparations in so many ways that we are here,” he said. “The world is already deeply into challenges that humanity has not seen before, through climate change and all its effects on the whole world.”

As always, he noted, those most affected are those who already are the most vulnerable. “The issues of justice and peace are raising every day before us,” he said. “The quest for being one in the fellowship of churches is the origin and the goal of our work.”

Many efforts have been made and many fruits harvested, he noted. “We see them as we are here together, if we open our eyes to see,” he said. “We, the churches, needs a global ecumenical fellowship of churches leading us in confessing and repenting from our sins, leading us in transformation from the destructions, obstacles and ignorance of the full meaning of being one. We are called to be one as churches, as followers of Christ.”

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