Global evangelical leader affirms need to work with other Christians

By staff writers
March 10, 2010

The Director of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has emphasised the need for evangelicals to work with other Christians, following a meeting with the head of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The Rev Geoff Tunnicliffe, WEA Director, said that the meeting was important in "building bridges of understanding”. The WCC General Secretary, the Rev Olav Fykse Tveit, said they had reaffirmed the need for Christian unity.

The meeting was held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the first formal meeting between the heads of the two bodies since Tveit took up his post in January. However, in 2007, he met Tunnicliffe at the Global Christian Forum in Limuru, Kenya.

The WCC said that the two men discussed areas of common interest and collaboration. These included the ongoing development of a Code of Conduct on Conversion, which the WCC is working on jointly with the Roman Catholic Church.

"We affirmed that all Christians have a common call to be one,” said Tveit after the meeting, “We want to be sensitive to one another's concerns”.

Tunnicliffe said: "This important meeting was helpful in building bridges of understanding in regards to evangelism, religious liberty and caring for the vulnerable".

He added, “We look forward to ongoing conversations with the WCC".

The two leaders also affirmed the continued support of the WCC and WEA for the Global Christian Forum as a platform providing opportunities for encounters and dialogue between Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and the African Instituted Churches.


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