By Jerry Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service
In twin plenaries Thursday (Feb. 17), the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee took a hard look at whether it can adapt quickly enough to the rapidly changing ecumenical and interreligious realities in the world. If it cannot, one delegate noted, fixation on internal governance and institutional survival may “suck the life out of the ecumenical movement.”
The two morning plenaries addressed “the changing ecclesial and ecumenical landscape” and “interreligious relations and cooperation.” Three speakers at each session led delegates into lengthy discussion.
The historical and cultural “landscape” surrounding churches is always changing, observed the Rev. David Thompson of the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom, adding, “The question is, how do we respond?”
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