“On behalf of our worldwide fellowship of 352 member churches representing more than half a billion Christians around the world, we commend your ministry, your many ways of pushing for unity, and your legacy of strengthening the role of the church in society,” wrote Sauca and Pillay. “Your church has been an integral part of the WCC’s call to seek unity, and a common public witness and service to others in a world where hope and solidarity are the seeds for justice and peace.”
The Church of Sweden is one of the WCC’s founding partners.
“Since the early years of your ministry, you have been an ambassador for Christian unity, spiritual life, and formation,” wrote Sauca and Pillay. “God has blessed you with the gift of prophetic leadership for the trying times in which we all live.”
Rev. Prof Dr Jerry Pillay and Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of communication attended a weekend-long programme including a historic service in the Cathedral of Uppsala in the presence of the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and several state and religious leaders from all over the world and others who offered appreciation and prayers for Modeus as he begins his journey.