The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, congratulated Barack Obama following his re-election as president of the United States, wishing him “all the blessings of God’s grace” as he continues work during his second presidential term.
“Our prayers are with you and your team as you dedicate yourselves to faithful public service over the next four years,” said Dr Tveit in his letter to Obama.
The World Council of Churches General Secretary also made a reference to the theme of the WCC’s upcoming 10th Assembly, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.
“As president of the United States, you can exercise remarkable influence in promoting and establishing justice and peace throughout the earth,” he stated.
“And so we pray that the God of life will lead you, as you lead your nation, into the ways of justice and peace. In particular, we pray that you may provide inspired leadership within the international community in the quest for peace with equal justice and mutual respect in Israel and Palestine,” Dr Tveit added.
An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.