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    Army Delegates Attend World Council of Churches Assembly

    Assembly draws 3,000 participants from all over the world. October 30, 2013
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    Lt-Colonel Jim Champ, Major John Read, Commissioner Bill Cochrane and Commissioner Vibeke Krommoenhoek, with officers from South Korea, attend the assembly of the World Council of Churches in South Korea Lt-Colonel Jim Champ; Major John Read; Colonel Kim, Pil-Soo; Commissioner William Cochrane; Commissioner Vibeke Krommenhoek; Commissioner Park, Chong-duk; and Major Son, Suk-young attend the assembly of the World Council of Churches in South Korea

    Four Salvation Army officers are delegates at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), being held in Busan, South Korea, from October 30 to November 8, 2013.

    The Salvation Army delegation – representing the 126 countries in which the international church and charity operates – is headed by Commissioner William Cochrane (International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff, International Headquarters). He explains: "As a distinctive part of the wider church, it's good for The Salvation Army to engage with fellow Christians, to share in fellowship, prayer and celebration of what unites us."

    Commissioner Vibeke Krommenhoek (Territorial President of Women's Ministries in the Norway, Iceland and The Færoes Territory), Lieut-Colonel Jim Champ (Territorial Secretary for Communications, Canada and Bermuda Territory) and Major John Read (Territorial Ecumenical Officer, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland) have also travelled to Busan for the event. They joined Korea Territory officers Commissioner Park, Chong-duk (Territorial Commander), Colonel Kim, Pil-soo (Chief Secretary), Major Son, Suk-young (Divisional Commander, Kyung Nam) and 27 cadets who were present for the opening ceremonies.

    Approximately 3,000  participants from all over the world, representing 345 member churches of the World Council of Churches, are attending the assembly. With the theme "God of life, lead us to justice and peace," the first meeting of the assembly honoured the diverse traditions of Christian worship. The gathering prayer included deeply moving litanies of lamentations, cries and hopes from the churches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific.

    Rev Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, declared the assembly open – with video and written greetings following from Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Rev Altmann's opening address described "peace with justice" as a theme central to the work of the ecumenical organization. He outlined the Council's desire to provide "expanded space for meeting, spiritual exchange and dialogue."

    The assembly, which continues until November 8, includes thematic plenaries on Asia, mission, unity, justice and peace.

    For more information about the assembly, click here.


    On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Another Soldier said:

    Sorry Geoff, I missed that.

    On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Geoff Moulton said:

    Another Soldier,
    Yes, the World Council of Churches pray in the name of Jesus. Here is the page with their mission statement:
    "The World Council of Churches is a fellowship which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil their calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit"

    On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Another Soldier said:

    You did not answer the Soldiers question whether one can mention the name of Jesus and pray in His name at these meetings. I went to the website you mentioned but could not find anything there that answered his question unless I missed it.

    On Friday, January 3, 2014, Dean Noakes said:

    There is always apprehension surrounding these ecumenical bodies, understandably. I once asked a colleague why our particular denomination was involved with the Canadian Council of Churches, considering the rather diverse range of beliefs represented there. His response; "they need us more than we need them." The lesson? True believers need to take the true Gospel to all places where the lost can be found.

    On Friday, November 1, 2013, Kristin Fryer said:

    Hello Soldier,

    You can find a list of all the churches represented here:

    The World Council of Churches is "A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service". You can find out more about the WCC here:

    On Thursday, October 31, 2013, A Soldier said:

    I am wondering what churches are represented at these meetings and if the Army delegates are free to mention Jesus name and pray in His name during these meetings.

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