Churches must be one in faith and in action

Dr. Olav Fykse TveitIn his report to the first meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) since he was appointed its General Secretary, Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit  proclaimed that while churches are “called to be one” in their faith, they must also be one in their action on behalf of a just peace with dignity for all.

“We are called to address those in power,” he said, and to challenge world leaders “to listen to the cry for justice and for a better common future."

Areas of special concern for the WCC, its member churches and other partners, according to Tveit, include interfaith relations and dialogue, the churches and people of the Middle East and particularly Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land.

The issues of justice and peace will provide a focus for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) at Kingston, Jamaica in May, 2011.

- from a WCC release