National Council of Churches in Christ USA & Church World Service
The Northeast American Diocese participated in the National Council of Churches in Christ USA & Church World Service's General Assembly.
Delegates Metropolitan His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Rev. Fr. Paul Cherian, Mrs. Susan Varghese, and Ms. Asha Thomas attended the General Assembly held in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 9 to 13, 2010.
The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has received the American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church into its membership in 1998 as its 35th member.
The Centennial Gathering of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service marked the one hundredth anniversary of the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, an event many church historians regard as the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement.
The theme for the Gathering was “Witnesses of These Things: Ecumenical Engagement in a New Era.” The theme was taken from Luke 24:48 which is the scriptural theme text for the 2010 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – an additional reminder that there is one, multi-faceted ecumenical movement.
Speakers Archbishop Demetrios of America and Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches general expounded upon theme.
More than 400 people of faith came to New Orleans November 9-11 to celebrate a century of ecumenical engagement and to discuss how the churches might live and work together in an uncertain future.
Source: National Council of Churches - http://www.ncccusa.org/
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