Tuesday 28 June 2011 was officially launched in Geneva, Switzerland the final text of the code of conduct for evangelism and Christian Witness elaborated in the last five years by the World Council of Churches (WCC), The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The document, titled ‘Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct‘ is one of the most important ecumenical documents ever signed. It is worth being translated, studied and applied all across the globe. My hope is that it will also be translated and made known in Romania.
I add below for your attention the full text of this document. There is also a downloadable PDF form. Continue reading “Christian Witness in A Multi-Religious World – Recommendations for Conduct”
WCC Consultant for Evangelism
On my run this morning I ran until it hurt, and ran some more. I ran until I cried, and ran some more. I ran until some of my frustration and pain leeched away in tears and sweat and then I ran some more. I ran until my thoughts took on a more coherent form and ran a bit more.
I live in a small town half way between Geneva and Lausanne. I find that this geographical location also doubles up as a theological metaphor. Both Geneva and Lausanne are just less than 1 marathon’s distance away. If I trained and worked at it, I could run to either place. But why should I? Both movements, the ecumenical and the evangelical, have unique gifts to offer the whole church but also both have weaknesses and inadequacies in their theological understandings and practice of mission and evangelism. Neither have all the answers but both have significant and valuable insights. I learn from both movements. Continue reading “Running Half Way Between Geneva and Lausanne”
I met John Baxter-Brown in February 2010 during the last meeting of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, in Beirut.
He is a British theologian who was previously involved with Churches together in England, and is now Consultant for Evangelism with WCC.
John has recently initiated a WCC blog on evangelism, called Evangelism is in your comfort zone. Here is the explanation we find on the blog page:
On this blog John Baxter-Brown, the WCC Consultant for Evangelism, shares his impressions, hopes, ideas and stories about evangelism especially in relation to the WCC and the broader ecumenical movement. There is a strong focus on telling the evangelism stories he has researched on his travels: he usually finds that the best evangelism is done by ordinary Christians simply living out their faith – evangelism is within their comfort zone as they try to follow Jesus. Please note that blog entries are personal contributions by the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinion or policies of the World Council of Churches or any other organization mentioned..
I paste below the message I have just received from John:
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