World Evangelical leaders joined their Pentecostal counterparts to welcome better relations with members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on Monday. The drive for a greater co-operation in the future came as WCC members gathered for their 9th Assembly currently taking place Feb. 14-23 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The Rev Geoff Tunnicliffe, the International Director and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), reported that the WEA “parallel network” of 400 million Christians identified with many of the WCC’s themes, such as HIV/AIDS, violence and poverty.
In particular, Tunnicliffe said that Evangelicals, many of which exist within WCC churches, were dedicated to integral mission, the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. more >>
Churches should move aggressively to engage in the battle against HIV/AIDS, with societal institutions becoming alert to the unique role Christians can play in the effort, said top leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance on World Aids Day.
“On this day we are acknowledging that this pandemic is having a growing and significant impact on our regions,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director of the WEA, on Thursday at the International Council meeting that took place Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 in Germany. He called on local churches to form strategic alliances to engage, embrace and respond with compassion to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Ndaba Mazabane, chairman of the International Council at the WEA, meanwhile called for the African church, together with Christians around the world, to stand together with the infected and the affected while challenging civil society and governments to do the same. more >>
Seeking to expand the unity of Evangelicals worldwide, top leaders from the WEA decided to extend the tenure of WEA International Director Geoff Tunnicliffe for an additional three years. Tunnicliffe is now slated to serve in until 2010.
The World Evangelical Alliance's board of representatives, known as the International Council, met from Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 in Bad Blankenburg, Germany, where they made the decision. At the German Evangelical Alliance retreat center, the board members also set their eyes on a great expansion of the Alliance by creating strategic links with other Christian evangelical organizations.
“The extension of Geoff’s appointment as the International Director for the next five years is a significant move, which we hope will continue the momentum that has been building in the World Evangelical Alliance,” said Ndaba Mazabane, chairman of the International Council, in a press statement. more >>
Evangelicals are calling on President Bush to take a “historic opportunity to rehabilitate his human rights credentials” by confronting China’s president about his country’s role in ending the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
“President Bush should make clear during his visit it is in China's best interest to see a stable and secure Sudan, which cannot exist until Darfur is stabilized and the killing is stopped,” a letter signed by Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs within the National Association of Evangelicals.
The president arrived in Beijing on Saturday evening for a three-day official visit to China to discuss religious freedom, human rights, and democratization among other issues with China’s president, Hu Jintao. Bush, who began his official visit to China on Sunday at the Protestant Gang Wa Shi Church in Beijing, was reminded about the ongoing civil war in Sudan, a country suffering from more than 20 years of internal fighting, by leading evangelical voices on the WEA website. more >>