Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) brings together people from all over the globe. Men and women dress in the clothing of their country – I wear khakis and a sports coat – and you hear many languages and see many different customs.
In the midst of it all, it is the stories that make the impression.
Sisters and brothers in Christ from all over the world are praying together, studying the Bible together and discussing how to follow God as we are led toward God’s justice and peace at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The diversity of churches represented at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches together share the universal call to be faithful to Christ and to care about neighbor and planet.
That understanding resonated with me in the opening of the gathering in Busan, Republic of Korea, on October 30. More than 750 delegates from some 300 churches across the globe gathered under the assembly theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace,” and opening worship included songs and prayers, some of which lifted up where we have fallen short of the goal.