Roundup: Global forum, hospitality, climate change, Indonesia, Egypt, tolerance
At the rate we are going, by 2025 there will be 55,000 separate denominations in the world! That is an utter mess fueled by rivalry and confusion that hampers the church’s witness and makes a mockery of God’s call to live as parts of one body.
“I think Christians need to first allow ‘Biblical theology’ to influence how they treat the aliens that are right here in our own midst! Hospitality to the stranger, the immigrant, the exiled, and the alien is at the core of Biblical teaching.”
The planet needs more than meat-free Fridays and government-sponsored “sustainability”. It needs a humbled, renewed humanity, and above all a sense of urgency.
During a recent visit to Indonesia, the moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee, the Rev. Dr Walter Altmann brought the solidarity of the worldwide fellowship of WCC member churches to the members of the Indonesian Christian Church in the city of Bogor, West Java where worship activities have been restricted recently.
United Nations emission-reduction negotiators in Durban, South Africa, next month may seek to extend the Kyoto Protocol, excluding Canada, Japan and Russia, said Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate diplomat.
Thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians have gathered for the funerals of protesters killed during clashes with security forces in Cairo on Sunday.
No religion knows the whole truth and should learn from each other, a Crows Nest minister says.