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Christian World Communions Secretaries Meet In Jerusalem
"Christian B. Schäffler" <APD_Info_Schweiz@compuserve.com>
02 Jan 2000 01:40:29
January 2, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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Conference For Secretaries Of Christian World Communions
Meet In Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel. The annual meeting of the Secretaries
of Christian World Communions (CWC) took place in
Jerusalem, Israel, from December 1-5, 1999. The CWC is
composed of secretaries of every worldwide Christian church
Representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church World
Headquarters were Dr Bert B Beach, General Secretary of the
Christian World Communions, and director of Inter-Church
Relations, Dr Ralph Thompson, Executive Secretary, and Dr
John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL)
director. Also present was Pastor Richard Elofer, President of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Israel.
The theme of the conference was "Getting to Know the Living
Stones" with a lecture presented by Bishop John Peterson,
Chairman of the CWC. During the meeting every Secretary
presented a report on his denomination.
The group visited many Holy sites in Jerusalem and in Galilee
during the conference, and paid a visit to some leaders of the
historical churches in Israel: the Latin Patriarch, the Orthodox
Patriarch, the Armenian Patriarch, the Bishop of the Lutheran
Church and the Bishop of the Anglican Church. During these
visits the Patriarchs and the Bishops made a speech about the
situation of the church in Israel and the support they
need from the worldwide Christian churches.
The climax of the Conference was the celebration on
Saturday, December 4 in Bethlehem. This celebration was the
Inaugural Festive Ceremony for the Year 2000 with the
presence of the Patriarchs and the Heads of the Christian
Communities, President Yasser Arafat, and the Mayor
of Bethlehem. Many songs were sung from the Latin,
Armenian, Franciscan, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox and Ethiopian
choirs. The meeting concluded on Sunday evening after a
visit to Galilee.
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