WCC NEWS: Youth longing for peace in the Arab worldFrom WCC media <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date Mon, 6 Feb 2012 16:02:45 +0100
World Council of Churches - News YOUTH LONGING FOR PEACE IN THE ARAB WORLD For immediate release: 06 February 2012 The key role played by young people during the transformations in the Arab world throughout the past year was a recurrent theme for the recent World Council of Churches (WCC) Christian-Muslim consultation on “Christian Presence and Witness in the Arab World”. The consultation was organized by the WCC programmes for Churches in the Middle East (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=54123897d102c68c7e09 ) and Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=edf53ebe58ad2fa359ac ) in collaboration with the Middle East Council of Churches (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=942788856f3d82d38f98 ) (MECC) in Antelias, Lebanon. The consultation took place from 24 to 28 January and brought together a number of religious leaders, scholars and young activists. The participants' a passion and longing for political and religious freedom, human dignity and rights, and social and economic justice for all people of the Arab world marked the event. The importance of equal citizenship for all was reiterated frequently. The politics and relationships between the values of citizenship and its links to religious institutions were debated. Short but vivid sketches highlighted recent events, problems and signs of hope in a wide range of countries. It was acknowledged that in some parts of the Arab world, Christians and Muslims were afraid of the uncertainties that the future might bring. However, it was also noted that the people of God must not deal in the currency of fear. It was important that the religions themselves were willing to become part of the process of transformation. As one participant put it, “We need religious leaders who are willing to play a prophetic role, and to be people of vision and wisdom.” A number of specific proposals and suggestions were put forward in the final communiqué of the meeting. This consultation was in one of a series of meetings being held in preparation of a major international ecumenical gathering on the Christian presence in the Middle East. This meeting is being planned by the WCC in partnership with the MECC, and is due to take place in December 2012. Read the full text of the communiqué (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=2ae932742531d59d1bb0 ) Communiqué in Arabic (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=4ec65e651a48960921c8 )(PDF) (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=b0e6a2793425fb3e2eb1 ) Religious leaders reflect on Christian presence in the Arab world (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=d046812a9f3d470f9f46 ) (WCC press release of 27 January 2012) WCC focus on the Middle East (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=85efc2256b15139fe696 ) WCC programme for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=25c7b16fcec2e9d21fa2 ) The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland. You receive this information as a subscriber of our media list. You are registered as Worldwide with the address email@example.com. Click here to unsubscribe or change your distribution settings (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=c5e612afb38286ca5c31 ).