World Council of Churches

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Minute on Jerusalem

03 September 1999

Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999.

The Central Committee of the WCC, meeting in Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999, has received with gratitude the (attached) letter signed and sealed by the Patriarchs and Heads of the Christian Communities in Jerusalem, addressed to the General Secretary on August 12, 1999. This letter expresses the appreciation of the Church of Jerusalem for the WCC Statement on the Status of Jerusalem, adopted at the Eighth Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, in December 1998, recognizing that it will help strengthen the Christian witness in the Holy Land and promote the achievement of an agreement on the status of Jerusalem which affirms the principle that it should be shared and include two peoples and three religions.

The Central Committee requests the General Secretary to respond to the Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Communities, reaffirming the WCC's conviction that Jerusalem is central to the faith of Christians and Christians' responsibility to pray and work for the peace of Jerusalem.