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Reformed Communiqué - Nachrichten aus der Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen (WGRK)
Vol. 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2011)
Selected articles follow.
Who is my neighbour? – Churches seek faithful responses to migration
The United Nations estimates that 43.7 million people worldwide are now migrants due to war, civil unrest, natural disasters, human rights abuses and lack of economic opportunity.
Migrant peoples have been the focus of attention in 2011 for many member churches of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). A delegation from French churches visiting the WCRC office in Geneva earlier this year named the integration of new arrivals into local parishes as a key issue to which they look to WCRC for guidance.
Harvesting fruits of contact among Reformed churches
A model programme promoting contact between local pastors in Korea and Reformed church parishes in Switzerland is enriching congregational life in both countries.
Theology is crucial for earth’s survival, says South African professor
The combined effects of globalization and networked communication are transforming the world in ways that can lead either to better life or disaster. How Christians understand what their faith is calling them to do in response to this challenge could make a significant difference according to a South African theologian.
Fight poverty. Promote peace. Give a concert.
The Chief Minister of the Mizoram Government, Shri Lal Thanhawla, was guest of honour at a concert for peace in Aizawl in September. Some of the best singers from Aizawl and Shillong performed in front of an audience of more than a thousand.
Worshiping the Triune God: Sharing wisdom about gathering for worship
This article is the second in a series introducing "Worshiping the Triune God," a working document published following the inaugural meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in June 2010 (see part one in Reformed Communiqué September 2011).
From the General Secretary
"Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3:4-6)
Advent season is here again. In this time of joyous expectation for Christians, it is appropriate for us to thank God for coming in human form, invading history, coming to be with us. It is time to renew our anticipation of his coming again.