Magazine article The Christian Century

Reformed Communion Urged to Leave Geneva

Magazine article The Christian Century

Reformed Communion Urged to Leave Geneva

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A GLOBAL Protestant body should move its headquarters out of Geneva to cuts costs and to follow the global shift of Christianity to the Southern Hemisphere, says a U.S. Reformed church leader.

Addressing the founding meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 24, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, described Geneva as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

It is not a new question raised in ecumenical circles, especially at the Geneva-based World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation, although politically neutral Switzerland also hosts a number of international and UN-related organizations that church bodies deal with. But the American church leader questioned how the Reformed grouping could talk of promoting global justice when it has its headquarters in a place of "significant economic privilege."

Granberg-Michaelson said that a shift away from Geneva also would be a matter of solidarity with its member churches, at a time when Christianity "has moved dramatically to the Global South. …

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