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الرئيسية > أنباء البطريركية > Archbishop Roham attending the Assembly Planning Committee of the WCC in Busan, Korea from 27 Sep. to 1st Oct. 2011
Archbishop Roham attending the Assembly Planning Committee of the WCC in Busan, Korea from 27 Sep. to 1st Oct. 2011
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013 under the theme:
“God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.
The Assembly Planning Committee (APC), which includes WCC Central Committee members and ecumenical partner representatives, met in Busan from 27 September to 1st October 2011 at the assembly venue – the Busan Exhibition and Conference Centre (BEXCO).
His Eminence Mor Eustathius Matta Roham, Archbishop of Jazirah and Euphrates, member of the WCC Central Committee, and member of the Assembly Planning Committee, represented our Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in APC meeting in Busan. On the first day of the meeting, Archbishop Roham delivered a Bible study on John 15:1-17. It was gratefully accepted by the participants, and we are pleased to publish it on our website for the benefit of our readers.
Upon Archbishop Roham return to Syria, he received an email of thanks from the WCC office in Geneva. Mr. Douglas L. Chial of Church and Ecumenical Relations wrote the following:
“Your Eminence, I hope you have enjoyed your time in Seoul and will be returning safely home. I wanted to thank you again for your participation and leadership in the APC, both of which made the meeting more successful. Thank you in particular for leading Bible study. Your presentation really helped to set the tone for the meeting - a spiritual tone, deeply rooted in the theme and our task. I am very pleased with the results of the meeting. We have the direction we need to develop more elaborate proposals”.
The APC gathered to offer direction for the development of the assembly spiritual life, the assembly programme, assembly business and the partnership needed to strengthen preparations over the next two years.
The WCC Central Committee has directed that the next assembly provide greater space for a participatory "togetherness" among the whole ecumenical movement, with more possibilities than in the past for initiatives proposed by partners. Representatives of partner organizations as well as member churches serve on the assembly planning committee.
The APC met with leaders and members of local churches in Busan and had the opportunity to attend early morning prayer with one local congregation. The APC was welcomed by the leadership of the National Host Committee in Korea during a special reception at Nurimaru APEC house overlooking the Busan coast.
During the meeting, the APC considered the Korean concept of madang as a way to root the assembly in the host context and also give shape and meaning to the gathering. Madang is the traditional Korean “courtyard” connecting different parts of a house; a space for discussion, deliberation, celebration and fellowship; a traditional centre of family and community life. The APC visited a number of traditional madang spaces in the city of Kyung-ju in order to understand the concept better.
The APC affirmed that the next assembly should be prepared in a spirit of madang, inviting participants into a common space of discussion and celebration. Previous WCC assemblies have used similar concepts to help shape the meeting – padare at the Harare Assembly in 1998 and mutirão at the Porto Alegre Assembly in 2006.
The APC discussed the assembly theme, which takes the form of a prayer, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”, and suggested different ways to engage the fellowship of member churches in reflection and spiritual preparation for the assembly.
The APC will meet again in July 2012 to finalize its proposals to the WCC Central Committee which meets in August 2012.
The dates for the assembly were revised by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting in September in Ethiopia to ensure the exclusive use of the venue by the assembly.

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