Tuesday, May 10, 2005


If Christians are to be heard speaking truthfully in a fast-changing, plural world they must repent of domineering attitudes and emulate the self-giving, non-violent love of Jesus Christ. That was the heart of the message presented today by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches to participants at the Athens global mission conference.

Speaking to the widest range of church representatives ever gathered for such an event, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia acknowledged that “the word ‘mission’ carries a heavy historical baggage, having played a part in fostering division and conflict between peoples, and even between families of churches".

“Perhaps the time has come for confession and repentance,” continued Dr Kobia, an ordained member of the Methodist Church in Kenya who took up his post as WCC chief in January 2004. (Full story here).

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