I have heard some comments over the course of the conference saying that there is too much focus on business and procedure and the structure of the organisation in this assembly. A lot of the discussion on friday focussed on the question of appointing a group to explore the possibility of restructuring the organisation. Young and old people have been saying that ecuminism should be about relationship and dialogue and it should be christ-centred.
I don't think we need to worry too much. The meetings may be a lot of business, but in between i have heard lots of interesting ecumenical discussions, lots of fun, laughter and friendship across denominational boundaries. And in the worship services we have seen a diverse group of people worshipping together in languages and styles that may be unfamiliar to them. Real ecumenism is happening in this conference. It's not as easy to quanitfy as a number of votes cast for a motion, or a percentage of delegates from a particular demographic group nominated for a committee. But the human dialogue and relationship and the prayerful encounters that are going on are at the heart of this assembly, and will have a much more lasting impact than any decision made on finance or policy.
A sermon from Korea on Luke 19
3 years ago