Global Christian Forum Takes Over from WCC
From the English Churchman Fridays, October 6 & 13, 2000
Thirty representatives of a variety of Christian ‘traditions’ including the World Council of Churches met 9-11 September at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA, to discuss the formation of a forum of Christian churches and ecumenical organisations that goes ‘beyond the present ecumenical structures.’
Mr. Georges Lemopoulos, deputy General Secretary of the WCC welcomed the outcome of this meeting ‘as a step forward in the efforts to bring the various expressions of today’s Christianity around the common table for dialogue and cooperation.’
This new organisation will take in the Church of Rome, which has refused to join the WCC, and the increasingly disillusioned Orthodox and certain ‘Evangelical’ groups. The WCC has been hi-jacked by ‘Protestant’ liberals and its future is very unclear.
The representatives present came from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches as well as Christian networks and para-church organisations.
According to the official communiqué, ‘Although the idea of such a Forum originally arose in conversations within the WCC, the development of the proposals is now under the leadership of an independent continuation committee. The discussions at the meeting explored ways to go beyond the present ecumenical structures so that churches from a wider range of traditions may have a common space to discuss issues of mutual concern. Members of the Continuation Committee present at the Consultation on the Forum Proposal:
- Rev. Dr. Hilarion Alfeyev, Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church.
- Rev. Cannon David Hamid, The Anglican Communion.
- Metropolitan Yohana Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch.
- Rev. Canon David Perry, Episcopal Church, USA.
- Mgr. John Radano, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
- Dr. Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary.
- Dr. George Vandervelde, Institute for Christian Studies.
- Mr. Hubert van Beek, Secretary.’
[World Council of Churches and Anglican Communion News Service]