Churches challenge European Union to act in solidarity with Greece

By agency reporter
November 23, 2012

The General Secretaries of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued an open letter to the members of the European Union appealing for a just and sustainable solution to the crisis in Greece.

The letter was prepared during their visit to Greece which ended Wednesday after visiting with government and church leaders there.

The Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC) and the Rev Dr Guy Liagre (CEC) called on the EU, which receives the Nobel Peace Prize in December, to accept the challenge of being a peace builder for the future generations of Europe by applying the values of understanding and solidarity in resolving the situation in Greece.

"The responsibility for this situation rests with Greece and the EU," the letter says. "Each has responsibility for the role they have played and for the response they will give."

The letter expresses concern that the people of Greece will be isolated by this crisis and that the humanitarian and social dimensions of this situation could lead to a political crisis.

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.

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