The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has offered greetings, solidarity and a message of peace to the Muslim leaders of the world as they end the month of Ramadan (Id al-Fitr).
In his letter, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, who comes from an evangelical background in Norway, also said the WCC and its member churches around the world reject and firmly condemn acts that might cause violence between Muslim and Christian communities, such as the reported plans of a small church in Florida, United States, to burn the Qur'an.
Other faith communities, world leaders and international organisations have also condemned the proposed actions of the so-called Dove International Christian Center in the USA, which is actually a small local fundamentalist group.
“Religious leaders have a unique role and the moral responsibility to work towards reconciliation and healing within their own communities and between communities," proclaimed the world churches' chief in his letter to Muslim leaders.
He added: "We are encouraged therefore, by the interfaith solidarity expressed by the churches, religious communities and leaders in the United States, including in the State of Florida.”
The WCC is an ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, that today brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries. It works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full letter can be read here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/general-secretary/messag...