Metropolitan to Participate in WCC Central Committee

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, departs to Geneva, Switzerland this evening for the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches.

His Grace repesents the Malankara Orthodox ...Syrian Church, at the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly. At its first full meeting, from July 2nd to 8th, the committee will review WCC programme planning for 2014-2017. The theme of the meeting is “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, reflecting the final message of the 10th Assembly.

The Central Committee is elected by the Assembly from among its delegates and serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly, meeting every 12 to 18 months. It is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the Assembly, reviewing and supervising WCC programmes and adopting the budget of the Council.

The World Council of Churches, is a worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service, was formed in 1948. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, is one of the founding members of this ecumenical organization. The WCC continues to bring together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

His Grace was elected as a Central Committee member of World Council of Churches during its 10th Assembly held in Busan, Republic of Korea, which took place from October 30th to November 8th, 2013.

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