The Ekklesia website reports today (May 24, 2011) that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew -- leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world -- said, "As faithful disciples of the Lord of peace, we must constantly pursue and persistently proclaim alternative ways that reject violence and war."
Patriarch Bartholomew shared this video-recorded message of peace at an ecumenical prayer service and celebration in Kingston, Jamaica last Sunday for participants of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC).
The IEPC is co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), and the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC). The convocation -- which opened on May 18 and ends on May 25 -- is being held on the grounds of the University of the West Indies.
The ecumenical service offered the opportunity for the participants to join as one voice, both in their praise to God and their hope for the church to be united in peacemaking.