19 January 2014

World Council of Churches, 10th Assembly (2013, Busan, South Korea): Plenary Sessions

I. THEME PLENARY


The theme plenary set the agenda for the ensuing plenaries and ecumenical conversations, each of which is rooted in the assembly theme. Through the contributions of key personalities from the church and from society, the theme plenary offered reflections on how to interpret the current world situation, the role of the churches and the life of the WCC fellowship, in light of the prayer "God of life, lead us to justice and peace."

Moderator: H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian is Turkish-born, and currently leads the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). He is the president of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Archbishop Vicken was formerly Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Switzerland.

Speakers: Mr Michel Sidibé is the Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dr Wedad Abbas Tawfik is a professor at the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo and a member of the WCC's Plenary Commission on Faith and Order since 2006. Bishop Duleep Kamil de Chikera was the Anglican Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2001-2010. Mrs Mélisande Schifter, M.Th. is of German and Thai descent and a young theologian of the Evangelical Church in Baden, Germany, with experience in East Africa, China and the USA. She currently serves the WCC in the programme on Ecumenical Theological Education


II. MISSION PLENARY


The mission plenary aspires to highlight the common challenges and opportunities for mission, in light of the new global developments. It offers an action-oriented reflection based on the new WCC mission statement, Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes, so as to enhance ecumenical cooperation on future mission work, addressing churches and ecumenical partners to commit anew to the call for common witness.

Moderator: Prof. Kirsteen Kim is professor of Theology and World Christianity at Leeds Trinity University. She is a member of the British and Irish Association for Mission Studies and the editor of Mission Studies. She is a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and since 2006 she has been serving as Vice-moderator the Commission for World Mission and Evangelism

Speakers:
Rev. Prof. Dr Stephen Bevans, a priest in the Catholic missionary congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), ia professor of Mission and Culture at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and also a member of the core faculty of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI). Rev. Cecilia Castillo Nanjarí is the coordinator of the Ministry of Women and Gender Justice (PMJG) of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI). From 2000 to 2007, she was part of the Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostals. Bishop Dr Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, is the Metropolitan of Niranam in India. He is the moderator of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). President of St. Paul's Mission, the Mission and Evangelism program of the Syrian Orthodox Church in India, he is also the chairperson of the Student Christian Movement of India and of India Center for Social Change. Teatro Ekyumenikal is the cultural theatre group of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. It endeavors to promote ecumenism and peace based on justice through the use of drama, songs, dances, and liturgical art forms. The group is composed of young people from the affiliated churches and organizations of the NCCP. It was founded in February 2010


III. ASIA PLENARY

Moderator: Rev. Dr Soritua Nababan, WCC president from Asia, served as Bishop (Ephorus) of the Protestant Christian Batak Church (HKBP) from 1987 to 1998. He has also served as president of the Christian Conference of Asia from 1990 to 1995 and as vice-chairman and then moderator of the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism from 1968-1985.

Cultural performance: Teatro Ekyumenikal is the liturgical and cultural theatre group of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. It endeavours to promote ecumenism and peace based on justice through the use of drama, songs, dances, and liturgical art forms. The group is composed of young people from the affiliated churches and organizations of the NCCP.

Conversation participants: Rev. Dr Henriettve Hutabarat Lebang is an ordained pastor of the Toraja Church in Indonesia and presently serves as the general secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia, being the first woman to hold this post in 55 years. Ms YangYa-Chi studied sociology and got her master degree in Modern Society and Global Transformations at the University of Cambridge. Her research focused on Christianity in Asia. She is now working for Amnesty International Taiwan as a campaign coordinator.

Theological reflections: Rev. Connie Semy Mella is an ordained elder from the Philippines Central Conference of The United Methodist Church and a member of the United Nations Advocacy Network of the General Board of Church and Society. ev. Daniel Na is Archpriest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He was bestowed as Vicar General of the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea and presently serves as Dean of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Incheon, Korea. He has served as the Asia region representative for SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth.

Story of hope: Dr Deepanna Choudhrie studied and trained as a radiologist at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Since 1989 she has been serving in Padhar Hospital, a 200-bed mission hospital in rural central India, among the Gond tribe. She received international media attention for her care of abandoned conjoint twin girls Stuti and Aradhana, who were operated in Padhar Hospital in 2012.:


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