Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

MECC PRESENCE AT WCC ECUMENICAL CONSULTATION ON DIALOGUE WITH ISLAM

Expand Messages
  • Rev Fr John Brian
    From: mecc MECC PRESENCE AT WCC ECUMENICAL CONSULTATION ON DIALOGUE WITH ISLAM The World Council of Churches held an ecumenical consultation (18 ­ 20 October)
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2008
    • 0 Attachment
      From: mecc


      MECC PRESENCE AT WCC ECUMENICAL CONSULTATION ON DIALOGUE WITH ISLAM


      The World Council of Churches held an ecumenical consultation (18 ­ 20
      October) in Chavannes-de-Bogis, outside Geneva, Switzerland, which aimed at
      developing an ecumenical Christian theological understanding with Islam.
      Fifty church leaders and experts on Christian-Muslim dialogue gathered to
      discuss, acknowledge, and recommend strategies of work. His Holiness
      Catholicose Aram I (MECC President and former moderator of WCC), and H.E
      Bishop Joseph Absi from the Greek Melkite Catholic Church (MECC Executive
      Committee member) were present in the consultation. Rather than producing a
      written response to the letter by the Muslim scholars, the goal of the
      consultation was to provide a space for churches and communions of churches
      to share their initiatives and theological resources for engaging with
      Muslims, and to identify substantial issues for Christian theology in
      relation to Christian-Muslim dialogue.

      H.H. Aram I, presented a paper at the opening of the consultation in which
      he stated that: "living together in community must take the centre stage of
      Christian-Muslim dialogue². H.H. added that "the prevailing misperceptions,
      ambiguities, polarizations, tensions and collision [of values between
      Muslims and Christians], hijacked and sharpened by politico-ideological
      agendas and geo-political strategies, can be transformed only through a
      shared life in community². Participants acknowledged a history of "mixed"
      relationships between Christians and Muslims, with both positive and
      negative dimensions. The consultation identified a number of issues to be
      addressed in further dialogue with Muslims, among others: human rights,
      conversion, concepts of secularism, pluralism, and citizenship, as well as
      the use of religious symbols for political ideologies and religiously
      motivated violence. Participants also recommended further Christian-Muslim
      collaboration on issues such as social and economic justice, climate change,
      peace and healing of memories.

      Sources: www.wcc-coe.org, www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org


      Middle East Council of Churches
      Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon

      Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary mecc@... or
      guirgissaleh@...

      +961-1-353-938
      http://www.mec-churches.org/
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.