Academic journal article International Review of Mission

CWME and F&O Joint Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology "May They All Be One So That the World May Believe" 3-7 March 2009, Berekfurdo, Hungary

Academic journal article International Review of Mission

CWME and F&O Joint Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology "May They All Be One So That the World May Believe" 3-7 March 2009, Berekfurdo, Hungary

Article excerpt

Approaching the centenary of Edinburgh 1910, representatives of two WCC Commissions met on 3-7 March 2009 in Berekfurdo, Hungary. The Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) and the Commission on Faith and Order (F&O) both have their roots in the World Missionary Conference of 1910 and are working together to mark Edinburgh 2010. The respective working groups on ecclesiology of both Commissions recognized one another's work, in view of the fact that mission lies at the very heart of the church. They shared insights and looked towards supporting one another in future activities.

This was a multilateral gathering of the two Commissions coming from 13 countries across the world. The moderators and staff of both Commissions were present and the meetings were chaired by Dr Mary Tanner, President of the WCC. Our meetings were in the context of prayer and Bible study. We were graciously received by the House of Reconciliation Conference Centre of the Reformed Church in Hungary at Berekfurdo. We began our consultation at Debrecen Reformed Theological University, where we were officially welcomed by the rector, Prof. Dr Sandor Fazakas, and joined by faculty and students.

The working groups will recommend to their Commissions the following areas for future collaboration:

* Joint working on various projects on mission and unity, such as questions of unity and mission with newly emerging churches

* Representation on one another's Commissions

* Celebrating together the 50th anniversary of the integration of the International Missionary Council and the WCC in 1961, as well as the historic ecclesiological statement of the New Delhi assembly with its roots in both Mission and Faith and Order. …

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