In her address to the commission. moderator Rev. Prof. Dr Stephanie Dietrich deemed the meeting a historic moment, as it is not only the gathering of a new commission but the first time the commission is meeting in Indonesia.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to gather here, and immensely grateful for the hospitality the local church is offering to us,” she said. "Terima kasih! Thank you!”
Dietrich also emphasized the importance of face-to-face discussions, decisions for the work ahead, and planning for Nicaea 2025, the Faith and Order World Conference.
During the meeting, the commission will also elect its vice moderators.
“What does our world need for the time being?” Dietrich asked. “What can we as Christians, coming from all parts of the world and all Christian denominations, offer to the world based on our faith? I suggest that it is hope that should be at the heart of our Christian message to the world.”
Dr Andrej Jeftić, director of the commission, described in his report the uniqueness of the commission. “It is a space that gathers theologians from across the world, coming from different church traditions, different personal and ecclesial experiences, various fields of expertise, all united and mandated by the churches to advance the goal of Christian unity,” he said. "Although there are many other platforms for both official and unofficial dialogues, Faith and Order distinguishes itself through its unique character as the broadest, multilateral dialogue commission with a rich history, and profound ethos.”
The present gathering, Jeftić added, will contribute to the commission’s ongoing evolution. “As we reflect on how we can continue the work, we may wish to start by thinking what would be the best thing to do if we were starting completely anew,” he said. “As we journey together, we constantly re-imagine our relationships, goals, and aspirations.”