Monday, 21 June 2010

WCC mission body to revamp ecumenical understanding of mission for the 21st century

H.G Dr. Mor Coorilos Geevarghese as the moderator represented Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism has launched a process aimed at an overhaul of the ecumenical understanding of Christian mission.

Two key steps in the process will be a mission event scheduled for March 2012 and a new affirmation on mission and evangelism to be submitted to the upcoming WCC 10th Assembly, which is due to take place in Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 2013.

The WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) took these decisions at its 7- 10 June meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, which followed the Edinburgh 2010 conference commemorating the hundredth anniversary of a landmark 1910 World Mission Conference in the same city.

For the WCC, the authoritative missiological text is currently the document Mission and Evangelism - An Ecumenical Affirmation adopted by the WCC central committee in 1982. This landmark document draws on insights from Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox and Roman Catholic mission theologies. It keeps a fruitful tension between the commitment to the proclamation of the gospel and the prophetic role of the churches.

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