Archive for tag: WCC Assembly

Archive pour tag : WCC Assembly

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Cantwell: Listening to the voices of those on the margins

Worship space at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, KoreaToday the message that came through most strongly for me is the importance of listening to the voices of those on the margins. Jesus lived his life and exercised his ministry among those on the margins of society. It is those who are excluded, oppressed, ignored and persecuted in society who are best able to see and name injustices and the structures that sustain them. So our theology must have at its centre the experiences and perspective of those who are marginalized. This is a real challenge for those of us who come from a place of privilege… who are used to having our voice and our perspective listened to. We must relinquish our place at the centre and make room for those who have been silenced to be heard and given priority. This both excites and frightens me… I’m not always very good at shutting up and letting others have the spotlight. But as Christians we must be willing to go where Jesus went, love whom he loved, and risk what he risked. May God grant us the courage and the humility to do so.
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Posted: October 31, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6904
Categories: On the Road to BusanIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
Transmis : 31 octobre 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6904
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WCC 2013: the Public Issues Committee

The Climate Justice sub-group of the Public Issues Committee at WCC 10th AssemblyThe past few days I have been in almost non-stop committee meetings. The Public Issues Committee drafts statements for the assembly to discuss and adopt. These statements then direct the programmatic priorities of the WCC for the next 7-8 years.

Negotiating linguistic, cultural, and theological differences in order to say something in common about the many urgent issues which confront our churches at this time has been both challenging and fascinating. The committees are a microcosm of the whole assembly. It is inspiring to witness (and participate in) the deep listening to one another that allows for fruitful dialogue and collective action.

Tomorrow we take the draft statements to the whole assembly, where nearly 800 delegates will prayerfully try to reach consensus on pressing (and sometimes controversial) issues. We will need the prayers of all our sisters and brothers in Christ to accompany us through this important and difficult work.

May the God of life truly lead us to justice and peace.
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Posted: November 3, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6920
Categories: On the Road to BusanIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
Transmis : 3 novembre 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6920
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WCC theme for 11th Assembly: ‘Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity’

Opening prayer of the WCC Central Committee meeting in Geneva, June 2018. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee has decided upon the theme for its 11th Assembly, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021. “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” will be the theme used in development of programmes and other preparations. The WCC Assembly Planning Committee is currently meeting in Cyprus to develop central building blocks for the assembly. “The theme will help to focus on the ecumenical movement as a movement of love, seeking to follow Christ and witness to Christ’s love – expressed in the search for justice and peace, and unity based on that,” commented WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and added “The one human family needs love and needs to love to face our future together.”
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Posted: January 10, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10436
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC Assembly
Transmis : 10 janvier 2019 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10436
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