9.5 Theses for a New Quest for Unity and Peace through Ecumenical DiakoniaThese “9.5 Theses” were presented by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development that met in Geneva from 3–6 October 2017.In the month commemorating 500 years of Reformation, a modest contribution to our joint reflection and actions for a new transformation of the world towards unity, justice and peace might be expressed in one‐tenth the number of theses that initiated the transformation called the “Reformation.”1.When our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for his disciples “that they all may be one” (John 17), he prayed that their being one should be defined by the qualities of their relations and the practical expressions of true human relationships: “That they love one another as you have loved me.” Their unity should be for the purpose of transformation of themselves and the world, “so the world may believe.” This is what the tapestry here in the hall says to us every time we come here.2.The unity Jesus prayed for is a unity different from others in the world. This unity should be neither that
The Ecumenical Review – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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