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World Council of Churches meets

World Council of Churches meets

The World Council of Churches meeting will take place from 30 October to 8 November in Busan, Republic of Korea. Ekklesia reports:

It will bring around 3,000 participants from Asia and the Pacific region, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North and Latin America and the Caribbean, including a large number of young people and several thousand Korean Christians. …There are 345 member churches in the WCC and all but a few will be represented at the assembly.

Dr Tveit expects the WCC assembly to be an opportunity of learning. “Churches will engage in open and accountable conversations,” he said, about issues important to the church today such as mission and evangelism, faith and order, justice, peace and unity. This dialogue is significant for the WCC assembly as “justice and peace imply effectively addressing core values of the kingdom of God, the will of God, the creator,” he says.

The WCC assembly will feature varied spiritual expressions from churches around the world. The participants will share these reflections of Christian unity through celebration, Bible study and prayer.


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Meeting in (South) Korea this year, interesting: 22 years ago, at the Canberra (Australia) Assembly, it was a Korean theologian, Hyun Chung Kyun, whose keynote speech turned the Assembly upside-down.

JC Fisher

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