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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

World Council of Churches 10th Assembly: In Mission Together
WCC 10th Assembly photoEach day of the General Assembly a theme is interlaced throughout the Bible study, daily thematic plenary session, and prayer services. On Monday I was anxious for the assembly theme: mission. As a United Methodist missionary serving through the United Methodist mission agency (the General Board of Global Ministries) the ‘mission’ theme seemed particularly relevant to my work in Moscow.

 

The new WCC mission document—Together Toward Lifewas the centerpiece of the day.

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Ecumenical Conversation on Caring For God's Earth
Bishop Sally DyckDuring the 10th General Assembly delegates and participants gather in various groups for ecumenical conversations to explore the assembly theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” The ecumenical conversations are meant to provoke and inspire people to Christian action. My ecumenical conversation is on eco-justice or care for God’s earth. Prior to attending the Assembly, delegates and observers alike signed up for one of the 21 ecumenical conversations. There are church leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, the South Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East but there are few if any people from the US in the group.
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WCC Tries to Build Consensus

LafertyBUSAN, KOREA (OCUIR-UMC)—In the youth pre-assembly in the two days preceding the General Assembly I heard that the World Council of Churches (WCC) works on a consensus model. My initial thought was that all churches work on a consensus model. Certainly in our deliberations as United Methodists we discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance and act to bring people together in decision-making. Admittedly we have failed miserably at times, nevertheless our intention remains. Isn’t consensus at the heart of our theology of ‘holy conferencing’?

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First-time delegate reflects on opening day at the 10th Assembly of the WCC
 Assembly photoOn Wednesday leaders from nearly 345 Christian denominations converged in Busan, Korea, to commence the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is “a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
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