World churches' body elects new presidents

By staff writers
November 4, 2013

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches has elected eight new presidents.

The news came on 4 November 2013 after a closed session at its proceedings in Busan, Republic of Korea.

According to the WCC constitution the role of the WCC presidents is to promote ecumenism and interpret the work of the WCC, especially in their respective regions.

The presidents become ex-officio members of Central Committee, which seeks to implement decisions of the Assembly, liaise with members and acts as the organisation's executive body.

The Central Committee will also be elected during the Assembly, but this only happens after the presidents are elected.

The eight WCC presidents are:

* Africa: Rev Dr Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa
* Asia: Rev Professor Dr Sang Chang, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
* Europe: Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Church of Sweden
* Latin America and Caribbean: Rev Gloria Nohemy Ulloa Alvarado, Presbyterian Church in Colombia
* North America: Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada
* Pacific: Rev Dr Mele’ana Puloka, Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga
* Eastern Orthodox: H.B. John X Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East
* Oriental Orthodox: H.H. Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians

The Roman catholic Church is not a member of the WCC, but participates in its major Commissions and sends active observers.

* Official website of the WCC 10th Assembly:

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