Friday, June 25, 2010

WCC Chief to Meet Patriarch Kirill in Moscow; To Discuss Achieving Christ's Call to Be One

The Ekklesia website reports today (June 25, 2010) that the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, will pay an official visit to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, from June 27-29, 2010.

The two theologians will have conversations on the calling and the role of the WCC in response to Christ's call to be one, focusing on the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the WCC.

Recent developments in the ecclesial and ecumenical domains will also be on the agenda -- especially with regard to the churches' common Christian witness and interreligious dialogue -- among other issues.

The Russian Orthodox Church joined the WCC in 1961, and is now its largest member church. Five of its representatives currently sit on the WCC's 150-member Central Committee.

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