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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 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 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 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 Greetings to the DIAKONIA 21st World Assembly in Berlin
Speech of the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the DIAKONIA 21st World Assembly in Berlin, Germany on 1 July addressing the theme “Diaconia – Healing and Wholeness for the World”.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches
Document Orthodox Pre-Assembly Report
of the Inter-Orthodox Pre-Assembly Consultation which brought together representatives of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches to prepare for the WCC 10th Assembly.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, March 2013
Document Report of the Joint Consultative Group between Pentecostals and the World Council of Churches
The report of the Joint Consultative Group reflects the work of the group between the period 2007 and 2012. It is prepared as a resource for the Busan assembly with advice and recommendations for how to strengthen the dialogue between the fellowship of WCC member churches and Pentecostal churches around the world.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, March 2013
Document Report of the Joint Consultative Commission between the WCC and Christian World Communions 2007 to 2012
A report on the work of the Joint Consultative Commission between the World Council of Churches and Christian World Communions. A draft report has been shared with the WCC Central Committee (August 2012) and the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions (October 2012) for information and feedback.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, March 2013
Document A prayer on the way to Busan
A prayer inspired by the theme of the WCC 10th Assembly: God of life, lead us to justice and peace
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Reflections on the assembly theme
Document A lay perspective from the Indian context
A group of laity, drawn from different churches and from different parts of India, participated in a consultation held in Chennai on the 8 and 9 December 2012, organized by the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College to reflect on the Theme of the forthcoming 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, "God of life, lead us to justice and peace".
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Reflections on the assembly theme