Thursday, June 3, 2010

Some 300 Christian Leaders Meet in Scotland for the 100th World Missionary Conference

More than 300 Christian leaders from 30 traditions across 60 countries are meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland through June 6, 2010 for the 2010 World Missionary Conference, the Ethics Daily website reports today (June 3, 2010).

"The 2010 Conference will be held in the same city and in the same month as the epic-making World Missionary Conference of 1910 -- exactly 100 years ago -- which many say witnessed the birth of the ecumenical movement," Roman Catholic Marist Brother Stephen Smyth said.

The 1910 conference led to the creation of the International Missionary Council in 1921, and inspired other church unity movements, culminating in the formation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1948.

Participants range from the evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions. The WCC's general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse, is scheduled to speak at the conference.

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