Reporting back from world churches' assembly begins

By agency reporter
16 Jan 2014

Major contributions and highlights of the World Council of Churches' 10th Assembly have initially been made available in the latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, a quarterly journal published by the WCC.

The 10th Assembly was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013, under the theme, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” Plenary sessions explored the theme under rubrics of unity, mission, justice and peace.

The fourteen pieces in the Ecumenical Review include the full reports of the WCC General Secretary and moderator, the official 'Message' of the assembly, a list of its public statements with links to full texts on the Internet, the assembly's unity statement and several of the notable presentations from the assembly's plenary sessions and final worship.

The pieces convey "something of the spirit and tone of the gathering", along with analysis of the current work and prospects of the WCC and the larger ecumenical movement, says the world churches' – which brings together Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and indigenous churches across the globe and cooperates with the Roman Catholic Church.

Ecumenical Review editor Theodore A. Gill said: “The content of this issue is by no means exhaustive but is intended to provide insights into assembly-goers' attitudes toward the churches' progress toward unity, toward a common understanding of the church, toward openness to common mission and evangelism, toward an understanding of those many elements that make for peace with justice. Ecumenical Review, as ever, provides a space where diverse voices may be raised, and heard.”

Other committee reports, plenary presentations, homilies and videos from the assembly are available online. A full report and analysis of the assembly will be published at the beginning of April.

* WCC: http://www.oikoumene.org/

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