Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 25

CEC President and General Secretary show satisfaction with the journey

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2013

Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, outgoing president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), has said the 14th Assembly in Budapest has been “a long but fruitful journey on the Danube”.At the end of the meeting, he said, CEC finds itself “sailing again with really favourable winds that will bring us to peaceful ports.”Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, speaking together with Metropolitan Emmanuel on Monday 8 July at the final press conference of the CEC Assembly, praised the skill of three moderators who chaired Assembly sessions on the central issue of adopting a new constitution.Initially, Liagre explained, strict parliamentary procedure threatened to make it “difficult to find a way out, amid the many amendments that were presented.”“But we were led by three moderators who were so flexible that they could find a modus vivendi acceptable to all the delegates,” said Liagre, crediting this leadership for the Assembly’s “positive results.”The moderator and co-moderators of the constitutional deliberations were Archbishop Dr Michael Jackson (Church of Ireland), the Very Rev. Dr Sheilagh Kesting (Church of Scotland) and the Rev. Dr John Chryssavgis (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).At the press conference, the CEC president addressed feelings of “bitterness for some people” experienced in the Assembly over changing constitutional approaches to the relationship between the Conference and other associations, especially groups representative of women and youth.Provisions in the new CEC legal document, observed Metropolitan Emmanuel, are not perfect: “There is a lot still to be done. There is also room for improvement.” He cautioned that in attempting to heal relationships, “we look for light, not fire.” Discussion must not dissolve into emotionalism.Liagre added, “Youth organisations represent youth, but churches also represent youth.” Young people and other particular groups of believers, he suggested, are not to be treated as separate from the churches but as constituent members of the Body of Christ.</p>


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