WGRK: Reformed Communiqué December 2012


Goodbye Geneva. Hello Hannover - New financial system needed - Partnership Fund – Out of Africa… into Malta - New Mexican church group ordains first women pastors - Korean Association of Women Theologians wins Swiss prize - Position posting: General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

Reformed Communiqué
December 2012
Vol. 3 No. 4

Welcome to the electronic version of Reformed Communiqué, the quarterly newsletter of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). It aims to quickly reach a wide audience, including youth and others not yet involved in WCRC, about the critical events in the life of the Reformed family worldwide. It also hopes to draw more WCRC constituents to our website, programmes and resources. We offer this alongside the print and web versions of the newsletter. We welcome your feedback wcrc@wcrc.ch as well as names to add to our list of subscribers. Thank you.

Reformed Communiqué is published quarterly by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), a fellowship of 80 million Reformed Christians in 230 churches in 108 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed, Uniting and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WCRC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

Editor: Kristine Greenaway

Full version: PDF (December 2012)

Selected articles follow.

Goodbye Geneva. Hello Hannover.

The Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has voted to relocate its offices from Geneva, Switzerland to Hannover, Germany.

"We welcome the move to Hannover which allows WCRC to continue to live out its mission as a Communion of churches. We will remain focused on our mandate of seeking church unity and justice in society and the economy and respect for the environment," WCRC president, Jerry Pillay said on 5 November in announcing the decision.

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Why Geneva of all places?

In this article I want to focus on the question of why the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has its offices in Geneva. It starts with the decision taken in 1937 to form the World Council of Churches (WCC) and establish its offices in Geneva. In 1938, the Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation, Willem Visser 't Hooft, a Reformed theologian from the Netherlands, was appointed as WCC's General Secretary although the organisation, because of the war, only came into full existence at its founding assembly in Amsterdam in 1948.

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New financial system needed

Theologians, anti-poverty advocates and economists have issued a statement naming overconsumption and greed as key factors to be addressed in seeking a more just distribution of the world's resources. Social inclusion, gender justice, care for the environment, and concrete actions to overcome greed are named as criteria for a new economic and financial architecture.

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Partnership Fund – Out of Africa… into Malta

Walter and Lillian Donmilic are Christians who fled Nigeria when Islamist militants burned churches and homes. A crowded truck journey across the Sahara took all their savings; several times, the drivers stopped and demanded more money to finish the journey. Early last year, they reached Libya – and found themselves in the middle of a full-blown war. With thousands of other Africans, they desperately sought escape to Europe.

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New Mexican church group ordains first women pastors

The first two women pastors in Mexico have been ordained to mark the launch of a new communion of churches in the country. The ordination took place 28 October during celebration of the creation of the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches (CMIRP).

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Korean Association of Women Theologians wins Swiss prize

An association of feminist Korean theologians has been selected to receive an international prize awarded by women of the Swiss Reformed Churches to organizations or individuals who promote the role of women as church leaders.

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Position posting: General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) is seeking a General Secretary to be the Chief Executive Officer of WCRC who will be responsible to the General Council and the Executive Committee to direct and coordinate the work of the Communion.

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From the General Secretary

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be,…? … The angel said to her, "… For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." (Excerpts from Luke 1: 26 – 38)

The young lady, Mary, must have felt overwhelmed by this particular visit – a strange visitor with a strange message that announced she was to become the mother of a special baby – the Son of the Most High. I like the gift of young people to be straight forward. And so Mary dared to ask, "How can this be?" In return, she received a clear answer, "... nothing will be impossible with God". Mary's response was remarkable.

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Die Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen beginnt den Prozess zur Wahl ihres nächsten Generalsekretärs, nachdem Pfarrer Dr. Chris Ferguson seine Amtszeit im August 2021 beendet hat.

Quelle: WGRK

'Was wir nicht brauchen, ist eine Rückkehr zur Normalität'

WGRK entwirft Erklärung zur Corona-Pandemie
Mit einer globalen Konsultation wurde ein Prozess für die Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen (WGRK) eingeleitet, um herauszufinden, wie die Gemeinschaft „eine prophetische theologische Antwort“ auf die COVID-19-Pandemie geben kann.

Quelle: WGRK

'Wir sind entsetzt'

WGRK: Reformierte Weltgemeinschaft verurteilt die Ungerechtigkeit des Rassismus in den Vereinigten Staaten
Anlass ist Tod von George Floyd, als Beispiel für zahlreiche andere Schwarze, die in den Vereinigten Staaten von Polizeikräften getötet wurden.

Quelle: WGRK

'COVID-19 ruft uns zu einer theologischen und ethischen Erneuerung auf'

WGRK: Online-Konferenz ruft in Zeiten der Pandemie zu einer Wirtschaft des Lebens auf
Die Online-Konferenz „Ökonomie des Lebens in Zeiten der Pandemie“ konzentrierte sich auf die sozioökonomischen und ökologischen Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Krise.

Quelle: WGRK

'Wir müssen jetzt besonders wachsam sein'

WGRK: Pandemie verändert den Arbeitsstil der Weltgemeinschaft und ihrer Mitglieder
Hunderte Gemeinden sind zu virtuellen Gottesdiensten übergegangen. Das geplante Treffen des WGRK-Exekutivausschusses muss verschoben werden. Umso wichtiger wird nun der elektronische Kontakt.

Quelle: WGRK

'Gott gab uns die Kraft der Liebe'

WGRK: Aufruf zur Nächstenliebe in Zeiten von Corona und Flüchtlingskrise
Das Corona-Virus beschäftigt uns diese Tage wie kaum ein anderes Thema. Probleme wie die prekäre Lage von Flüchtlingen in Griechenland drohen dabei in Vergessenheit zu geraten. Die Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen hat deshalb nun in einem Offenen Brief zu Freundschaft und Zusammenhalt aufgerufen.

'Religionsfreiheit hat ihre Wurzeln in der Gerechtigkeit'

WGRK: Konsultation zu Fragen der Glaubensfreiheit
Anlass sei die weltweite Zunahme von Ethno-Nationalismus, Fremdenfeindlichkeit, interreligiöser Intoleranz, patriarchaler Hegemonie und Rassismus.

Quelle: WGRK

'Inmitten des Schmerzes präsent zu bleiben'

WGRK: Präsidentin Najla Kassab betont Bedeutung Evangelischer Kirchen für den Nahen Osten
Damit beendete Kassab die Januar-Vorlesungsreihe an der Calvin-Universität in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Quelle: WGRK

'Weihnachten ist Gottes Ja zur Menschlichkeit'

Weihnachtsbotschaften 2019 sind bestimmt von Bekenntnissen zu Frieden und Versöhnung
Chris Ferguson, Generalsekretär der Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen, betonte insbesondere das Thema Hoffnung der Weihnachtsgeschichte - in einer Zeit von Ängsten und sozialen Unruhen.

Quellen: WGRK/EKiBa/EKiR/EKHN
Es war der erste Teil einer Konsultationsreihe, die das Bewusstsein der Mitgliedskirchen der WGRK für Fragen der Gleichstellung der Geschlechter und der geschlechtsspezifischen Gewalt schärfen soll.

Quelle: WGRK
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