Written by Gradye Parsons
Each month the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Moderator or Vice Moderator of the 220th General Assembly write a column of general interest for the church-at-large.
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.
On Monday a new statement was presented on mission and evangelism – “Together Towards Life.” The main theme is to understand the Spirit’s role in mission, the rapidly changing contemporary context, the relevance of marginalized peoples to mission, and the larger purposes of mission and evangelism in God’s own mission of love to the world.
The presentation was led by representatives from Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and Orthodox traditions. It is worth a bit of history to note that the International Council of Evangelism merged into the WCC more than 50 years ago. The Commission on World Mission and Evangelism carries on that work, and the statement is the result of multiple years of effort.
The members of the Korean churches continue to provide outstanding hospitality at the gathering. The host committee is led by the Reverend Sam-wham Kim of the Myungsung Presbyterian Church in Seoul. Rev. Kim graciously hosted members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and United Methodist Church delegations to show his appreciation for their missionaries to Korea in the late 1800s.
Please continue to pray for those gathered here. Please pray thanksgiving for the wonderful hospitality of the Korean churches. Please pray that God will lead us to justice and peace.
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