Christian World Communions Secretaries Meet In Jerusalem
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<APD_Info_Schweiz@compuserve.com> Subject: Christian World Communions Secretaries Meet In Jerusalem Title: Christian World Communions Secretaries Meet In Jerusalem January 2, 2000 Adventist Press Service (APD) Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief Fax 61-261 61 18 APD@stanet.ch http://www.stanet.ch/APD CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland Conference For Secretaries Of Christian World Communions Meet In Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel. The annual meeting of the Secretaries of Christian World Communions (CWC) took place in Jerusalem, Israel, from December 1-5, 1999. The CWC is composed of secretaries of every worldwide Christian church family. Representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters were Dr Bert B Beach, General Secretary of the Christian World Communions, and director of Inter-Church Relations, Dr Ralph Thompson, Executive Secretary, and Dr John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) director. Also present was Pastor Richard Elofer, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Israel. The theme of the conference was "Getting to Know the Living Stones" with a lecture presented by Bishop John Peterson, Chairman of the CWC. During the meeting every Secretary presented a report on his denomination. The group visited many Holy sites in Jerusalem and in Galilee during the conference, and paid a visit to some leaders of the historical churches in Israel: the Latin Patriarch, the Orthodox Patriarch, the Armenian Patriarch, the Bishop of the Lutheran Church and the Bishop of the Anglican Church. During these visits the Patriarchs and the Bishops made a speech about the situation of the church in Israel and the support they need from the worldwide Christian churches. The climax of the Conference was the celebration on Saturday, December 4 in Bethlehem. This celebration was the Inaugural Festive Ceremony for the Year 2000 with the presence of the Patriarchs and the Heads of the Christian Communities, President Yasser Arafat, and the Mayor of Bethlehem. Many songs were sung from the Latin, Armenian, Franciscan, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox and Ethiopian choirs. The meeting concluded on Sunday evening after a visit to Galilee. http://www.wfn.org/conferences/wfn.news/200001/1717038474.html