Antiochian Participation in the 10th WCC Assembly


Antiochian delegation, L to R: Engineer Samer Laham, Archimandrite Jack Khalil, Khouryee Maha Milke Whebe, Professor Georges Tamer, Ms Laney Wagoner, Mrs. Anne Glynn Mackoul, Ms. Maha Fares, V. Rev. George Dimas, V. Rev. Dimitrios AttarianAntiochian delegation, L to R: Engineer Samer Laham, Archimandrite Jack Khalil, Khouryee Maha Milke Whebe, Professor Georges Tamer, Ms Laney Wagoner, Mrs. Anne Glynn Mackoul, Ms. Maha Fares, V. Rev. George Dimas, V. Rev. Dimitrios AttarianThe 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) recently met in Busan, Korea, from October 30-November 8, 2013. The Assembly is the highest governing body of the WCC, convening every seven years to review the WCC’s ongoing agenda, formulate public statements of concern and action, and endorse activities and outreach being undertaken by Christian ecclesial bodies around the world.

In addition to conducting its annual business meetings, which included the election of officers and Central Committee members, the Assembly issued a statement concerning the situation of Christians in Syria, Egypt, and the Middle East. In its business sessions, it elected a new top governing body to lead the WCC, appointing eight presidents for the WCC's regions. His Beatitude John XPatriarch of Antioch and the all East, was elected to represent the Eastern Orthodox.

The Orthodox at the Assembly met in a special session to discuss issues of common concern. They also attended the Divine Liturgy together on Sunday November 3, at the Annunciation of the Theotokos parish, Metropolis of Korea.

More information is available on the 10th Assembly's Website.