Reformed Communiqué - September 2012

Rundbrief der Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen (WGRK)


Active stewardship: Theology students participate in rice planting in Indonesia. (Photo: WCRC/Sumichan)

Conference on global economy will meet in Brazil - In Lebanon can two walk together if they do not agree? - Pieter Holtrop: Dutch theologian mourned - Omega Bula, an architect of the Accra Confession, retires

Reformed Communiqué
September 2012

Vol. 3 No. 3

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 (September 2012)

Selected articles follow.

Theology seminar features learning from exposure to new contexts

When fifty theology students from around the world spend four weeks studying and living together, the learning process quickly becomes intensive and all-involving. The head of the theology office for the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) knows this from first-hand experience.

Douwe Visser directed the Global Institute of Theology (GIT) in Indonesia in June that gathered students and faculty from twenty-two countries for an intensive programme of theological study and field visits at Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta.

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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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Conference on global economy will meet in Brazil

An ecumenical conference to propose a new international financial and economic architecture will take place at the end of September amid growing concerns about the impact of the economic and financial crisis on humanity and the Earth.

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Partnership Fund – In Lebanon can two walk together if they do not agree?

Lebanon has provided a timely case study for an international congress of French-speaking practical theologians on the theme of living together – a challenge for many societies today and also for theology.

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Pieter Holtrop: Dutch theologian mourned

It is with a sense of sadness that we learned in August of the death of our colleague and friend, Pieter Holtrop. Holtrop was an outstanding professor who gave freely of his tremendous gifts to the Reformed family worldwide. From 1989 he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the former World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC).

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Omega Bula, an architect of the Accra Confession, retires

Omega Bula is one of the architects of the Accra Confession. The declaration that condemns systems of economic exploitation of the poor as "sin" is at the heart of the justice and theology programmes of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). It is also at the heart of Bula's work in global ecumenical partnerships with The United Church of Canada.

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From the General Secretary

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6: 12)
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. (Matthew 26: 41)

"Come, let us pray!" This is an invitation that I wish Reformed Christians would give one another more often. Unfortunately, in this twenty-first century it is more common to receive an invitation to enjoy a meal together or a game or some other fun activity than to enjoy praying together.

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WGRK: Ökumenedezernentin der Presbyterianischen Kirche der USA verstorben
Die Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen (WGRK) trauert um eine 'leidenschaftliche und tatkräftige Führungspersönlichkeit'.

Quelle: WCRC
WCRC-Präsidentin Najla Kassab forderte Kirchen auf Hoffnung zu machen
Bei ihrem Synodenbesuch der Presbyterianischen Kirche in Kuba (IPRC) sprach sich Kassab in einer sehr persönlichen Rede für den 'Kampf für ein besseres Leben für alle' aus.

Quelle: WCRC / ime
Die Weltgemeinschaft reagiert damit auf rassistische Ideologien
Eine Konsultation über den Widerstand gegen Kulturen der Diskriminierung, des Autoritarismus und des Nationalismus hat "diese Zeit als einen Kairos-Moment erkannt, in dem Gott zu entschlossenem Handeln auffordert."

Quelle: WCRC
WGRK: Dialog über die Wirkung der Eschatologie auf die Mission
Die fünfte Sitzung des laufenden Dialogs zwischen Reformierten und Pfingstlern fand in Legon, Accra, Ghana, unter dem Motto 'Ministering to the Needs of the World: Mission and Eschatology' statt.

Quelle: WGRK
Besuch der WGRK in Irak
Eine Delegation der Weltgemeinschaft der Reformierten Kirchen (WGRK) konnte feststellen, dass die Kraft der Hoffnung die wenigen verbliebenen presbyterianischen Kirchen im Irak weiterhin antreibt.

Quelle: WGRK
Neue Praktikantin der WCRC
Abigail Scarlett plant ihr einjähriges Praktikum bei der Weltgemeinschaft der Reformierten Kirchen (WCRC) zu absolvieren und möchte sich dabei auf Fragen zum Thema Gerechtigkeit konzentrieren.

Quelle: WCRC
Treffen der Internationalen Reformierten-Anglikanischen Dialogs (IRAD=
Kommunionsdialog zwischen der Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen (WGKR) und der Anglikanischen Gemeinschaft wurde auch diesmal wieder stark durch den lokalen Kontext bestimmt.

Beobachter: Sandra Beardsall, Vereinte Kirche Kanadas; Lynne McNaughton, Anglikanische Kirche Kanadas.
GEM Schule 2018
Die Ökumenische Schule für Governance, Ökonomie und Management (GEM) für eine Wirtschaft des Lebens hat am 19. August 2018 in Mexiko City begonnen.

Quelle: WCRC
Versöhnungsbemühungen zwischen Nord- und Südkorea
Die WCRC ruft alle ihre Mitgliedskirchen dazu auf, sich am Sonntag, dem 12. August 2018, als Gebetstag für die friedliche Wiedervereinigung der koreanischen Halbinsel zu erinnern.

Quelle: WCRC/ime
WGRK: Besuch der entmilitarisierten Zone (DMZ) zwischen Nord- und Südkorea
In einem besonderen Gebetsgottesdienst in der Militärkirche innerhalb der DMZ brachten die Mitglieder ihre Anliegen und Sorgen um Konflikte in ihrer eigenen Region zum Ausdruck.

Quelle: WGRK
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