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Message to the Participants in the Oslo Gathering of Religious Leaders

02 September 2000

Letter conveying the minute of the Central Committee, 2 September 1999.

Your Holinesses, Your Eminences, Distinguished Friends,

It is with sincere pleasure that I transmit to you, through the courtesy of the Rev. Yadessa Daba, member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, the message of encouragement and support which the Central Committee adopted today. The Central Committee is comprised of 158 members coming from all parts of the world, many of them from situations of severe internal or international conflicts. They represent the more than 340 Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant member churches of the Council in some 150 countries. With us have also been the leaders of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and of the Fellowship of Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA).

In these days we have prayed for you, and churches around the world shall continue to do so as you meet and as you labor for peace and reconciliation between your peoples.

I take this opportunity to send you my own warmest personal greetings, and those of the friends who accompanied me in the ecumenical delegations which visited you earlier this year. I have your faces in my eyes and your voices in my ears as I write to you this letter of peace.

May God truly bless you all and guide you in these days.

Yours in the name of Him who offers us the promise of peace,

Dwain C. Epps
Director
Commission of the Churches on
International Affairs