29 May 2015
Greetings in the name of Christ,
I bring you greetings as we have recently completed the 2015 executive committee meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in the cradle of Christianity, gathering at the Evangelical Conference Center in Dhour Choueir, Lebanon, run by the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.
While gathered together we heard the stories of our sisters and brothers from many countries of the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon itself. We were deeply moved by the testimonies of ministry in the face of great challenges. Our eyes were also opened as their reality was presented to us, instead of the one distorted through the mass media.
Our sisters and brothers in the Middle East need us to be closer to them than ever. Their very existence is threatened even as they are the key to peace and reconciliation in the region. To that end, the executive unanimously made a statement that fully commits us as a Communion to be deeply involved with them.
Access the statement: English, French, German, Spanish [PDFs]
The executive also looked toward our 2017 General Council, where we will embrace the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as an opportunity to both continue to re-form ourselves and also to draw more closely together with our Lutheran friends.
You should also know that we made two changes to the time and place of our 2017 General Council: It will now be held in Leipzig, Germany, 27 June to 7 July 2017 (with pre-council meetings for women and youth happening the first two days). More information will be forthcoming in the months ahead.
The gathering of our executive committee underlined, yet again, that we in the WCRC are called to communion and committed to justice—and that as sisters and brothers in Christ we can together follow the God of life on the path of justice, peace and reconciliation.
PS More information on our executive meeting can be found on our website: wcrc.ch.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay
Rev. Chris Ferguson
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