First Impressions: Words and Images from the Opening Days of the WCC 10th Assembly

Sound bites in words and images from opening days of the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea–the 10th for the WCC. Held only every 7 or 8 years, each WCC assembly represents the largest and diverse gathering of Christian denominations from around the world. The Church of the Brethren is a founding member.

The WCC Assembly by the Numbers

The WCC Assembly in South Korea will be the largest and most diverse gathering of Christians ever. What will happen in Korea will be a unique moment in the worldwide Christian ecumenical movement. According to a release by Ka Hyun MacKenzie Shin and Roddy MacKenzie, those coming to Korea for this extraordinary gathering include….

God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace: An Interview with Leaders of the World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches staff Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, and Natasha Klukach, program executive for church and ecumenical relations, were hosted by the Church of the Brethren for three days in mid-August. Their visit came as the WCC prepares for its 2013 assembly, a worldwide gathering of Christians that takes place every seven years and considered the most significant time when Christians get together. During their time in Illinois, the WCC leaders met with Brethren communicators. General secretary Stan Noffsinger also sat in on the conversation. Here is an excerpt.

WCC Plans 2013 Assembly on the Theme ‘God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace.’

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 8 in Busan, South Korea, on the theme, “God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace.” The Church of the Brethren delegation has already begun preparing for the event. Delegates from each worldwide member communion of the WCC are expected to attend the assembly, which is held every seven years and is considered the largest international gathering of Christians.

Hard Hitting Panel Discussion Critiques World Economic System

Can the market sow peace and security? Or does our worldwide economic system inevitably exclude the poor and have nots? These were the two crucial questions posed to a panel during a hard-hitting plenary session, talk-show style, on May 21. “Peace in the Marketplace” was the theme for the day at the International Ecumenical Peace

Enns Speaks About the Peace Church Contribution to the Decade to Overcome Violence

Fernando Enns (right) speaks with Brethren and Quaker representatives to the peace convocation. Shown above, Robert C. Johansen and Ruthann Knechel Johansen (from left) discuss how the final message from the IEPC will be formulated. Enns serves as moderator of the planning committee for the IEPC and is a consultant to the message committee, as

Journal from Jamaica – Thursday, May 19

Church of the Brethren director of news services, Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, is reporting from the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica through May 25, the culminating event of the Decade to Overcome Violence. She hopes to post a journal entry each day as a personal reflection on the event. Here is the journal entry for Thursday,

Report from IEPC, Jamaica: Bethany Professor Heralds Prospects for Just Peace Document

Brethren, including professor Scott Holland (at left) gather during a break in the first opening plenary meeting of the Peace Convocation. From left: Scott Holland, Robert C. Johansen, Ruthann Knechel Johansen, Brad Yoder, and Stan Noffsinger. The Brethren group represents the denominational staff, Bethany Seminary, Manchester College, and other educational institutions. Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford