Lutheran Leader Encourages the Church to Raise Its Prophetic Voice
(LWI) – In his greeting to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) earlier today, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan assured churches of LWF’s accompaniment in efforts to raise a prophetic voice for justice and peace in a fragmented world.
“The Church has to raise its prophetic voice in our fragmented world, and to address issues of justice and peace and human rights, including gender justice, economic justice, environmental justice and religious freedom,” Younan said in LWF’s greeting to the WCC Assembly, taking place, 30 October – 8 November in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The highest governing-body of the WCC meets under the theme, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.”
The president underlined LWF’s commitment from its very beginnings to serve “our vulnerable and marginalized neighbors.” He expressed gratitude for the Lutheran communion’s contribution towards sustainable development and disaster response through the ACT Alliance network. “Our joint service as churches has transformed not just the communities we serve, but has become an important conduit of greater understanding among Christian communions,” he added.
Younan noted that the quest for Christian unity has been an integral part of the self-understanding of the LWF since its founding in 1947. Ecumenical engagement with the different partners had enabled the LWF to learn that in as much as ecumenical dialogue is about theological discernment, “it is also about accompanying each other, sharing the journey of faith, listening carefully to each other’s experiences, and seeking justice in all contexts,” he said.
Theological engagement, the president noted, “can be transformed into processes of healing memories, leading our churches from fragmentation and conflict toward growing communion and joint witness in the world.”
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