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Document Do Just This – Protect Life!
Bible study on Genesis 2:4b-17 by Jione Havea for the WCC Assembly, 31 October 2013: The God of life created human beings from the earth with God’s breath of life. The very nature of human life is in connection with God and creation. God entrusted us with the mission to look after the garden of life and forbad us to eat the fruits that tempt us to be like the Almighty God. The opening Bible study is a reflection on the nature of life and how to celebrate, sustain and affirm it in relation to the theme of the assembly. Diverse contextual readings of the text are possible.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Roll Justice
Bible study on Amos 5:14-24 by Katie G. Cannon for the WCC Assembly, 1 November 2013: Asia is the continent of suffering and hope. On the one hand, the text focuses on people’s suffering and struggle for justice; on the other hand, it provides a vision of the reign of God. Moreover, it suggests concrete ways in which to live out kingdom values on earth through the achievement of justice and peace. Wrestling with the text to find ways to transform suffering, tears and despair into liberation, joy and hope, in the Bible and in our context, is the focus.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Living Water
Bible study on Acts 8:26-40 by Eleni Kasselouri-Hatzivassiliadi for the WCC Assembly, 4 November 2013: The text relates the mission of the Spirit to the symbol of the water of life. The Holy Spirit is the Life-giver, who sustains and empowers life and sends out God’s people to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. How and where do we discern God’s life-giving work, and how are we enabled to participate in God’s mission today?
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Being and Becoming Church: The Spirit-Filled Genesis
Bible study on Acts 2:1-13 by Hyunju Bae for the WCC Assembly, 5 November 2013: This text is often read from a mission perspective. How can we understand the Pentecost event from a unity perspective that can bring new insight, dynamism, and power to the ecumenical movement? The role of the Spirit in unity in diversity, as well as the relationship of Pentecost to justice and peace, are interesting to explore in today’s changing landscapes.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Struggles for Justice in an Ambiguous World
Bible study on 1 Kings 21:1-22 by Sarojini Nadar for the WCC Assembly, 6 November 2013: The story of Naboth’s vineyard challenges the concept of justice in our society. It introduces God’s justice for the affirmation of life, a measure beyond the economic logic of King Ahab in the name of efficiency and productivity. The text can also guide us in dealing with current issues of injustice in the global market and in discerning how to live out God’s justice to safeguard life.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Go in Peace
Bible study on John 14:27-31 by Néstor O. Míguez for the WCC Assembly, 7 November 2013: At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “peace.” When Jesus tells us about peace, the night before his betrayal and death, he is not speaking from a peaceful place in his own life. Where and what kind of peace are the church and the ecumenical movement talking about? God's peace is not temporary, and it does not have to do with happy events. Peace is a matter of life for those people who are yearning for it. At the end of the assembly, “go in peace” will be a biblical and missiological empowerment and mandate for us to bear witness to the vision of abundant life in the new heaven and earth.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document Greetings from the Global Christian Forum
Delivered by the GCF's secretary, the Rev. Dr Larry Miller, to the WCC 10th Assembly Peace Plenary.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Messages and greetings to the WCC 10th Assembly
Document Message from the Focolare Movement
Message from the president of the Focolare Movement, Maria Voce, to the WCC general secretary on the occasion of the WCC 10th Assembly.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Messages and greetings to the WCC 10th Assembly
Document Greetings from Pope Francis
Message from Pope Francis on the occasion of the WCC 10th Assembly. Read by HE Cardinal Kurt Koch during the Opening Plenary.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Messages and greetings to the WCC 10th Assembly
Document Letter from the Life & Peace Institute
Letter from the executive director of The Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala, on the ocassion of the WCC 10th Assembly.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Messages and greetings to the WCC 10th Assembly