Orthodox churches have reaffirmed their commitment to "unity, justice and peace" saying that the "supreme act of God's love is the economy of salvation". This and other theological reflections were shared in an inter-Orthodox consultation in Kos, Greece, this week.
The consultation took place from 11 to 17 October 2012. It brought together representatives of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches to prepare for the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly, which will take place from 30 October to 8 November 2013 in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The participants shared diverse theological reflections on the theme of the assembly "God of life, lead us to justice and peace". These reflections provide an Orthodox contribution to the WCC Assembly.
The participants expressed their commitment to pray and work together for justice, peace and Christian unity in a communiqué issued at the end of consultation.
"The supreme act of God`s love is the economy of salvation, which is understood as the re-creation and restoration of humanity. The call for unity, justice and peace remains our calling today, as our incarnate Lord prayed for these before His passion (Jn. 17)," the communiqué reads.
The participants also offered prayers for Greece, expressing hope for a resolution of the economic crisis currently faced by the country. Prayers for peace in Syria were also shared at the consultation, initiated by the Orthodox churches in the Middle East.
The event was held at the invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I and was hosted by Metropolitan Nathanael of Kos and Nisyros.
WCC Eastern and Oriental Orthodox member churches:
Church of Cyprus
Church of Greece
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania
Orthodox Church in America
Orthodox Church in Japan
Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia
Orthodox Church of Finland
Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Poland
Romanian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church
Armenian Apostolic Church (Holy See of Cilicia)
Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin)
Coptic Orthodox Church
Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East