Rev. Yolanda Pantou, from the Indonesian Christian Church and part of the Faith and Order study group that authored “Cultivate and Care,” said the paper is a collective contribution from many people. “It is imperative for us to care about the hardship our brothers and sisters bear, and that even other creatures bear, in silence,” she said.
Dr Aaron Hollander, associate director of Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and affiliated faculty at the Centro Pro Unione, Rome, referred to “Cultivate and Care” as an engaging and promising new document. “ ‘Cultivate and Care,’ in my view, clearly and quickly delivers on its most important point relating to creation care as an ecumenical nexus, namely that the integrity of creation, which intersects our human world at every point and therefore should also be described in terms of climate justice, is not one issue among many that deserves our attention—it’s rather of ‘foundational importance for all existence and identity.‘ ”
Offering an overview of the second paper, “Love and Witness,” Prof. Dr Tom Greggs, professor and head of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, said: “I think that all of us are well to be reminded of the fact that catholicity indexes our universality.”
Prof. Dr Ge Wen, associate professor of systematic theology at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, offered the perspective of a Chinese Christian on “Love and Witness,” seeing the paper as an opportunity to reflect on the nature of mission and the Gospel in light of Christ’s life and work. “In China’s history, there haven’t been any religious wars,” he observed. “Thus, theologizing in China must naturally be done with this interfaith consciousness.”