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Below is one of a selection articles found in an attempt to gauge the impact in the media of the WCC's 9th Assembly. Since it appeared in an independent publication, this article neither represents nor necessarily reflects the official policy of the World Council of Churches.




Assembly youth criticize WCC's failure to reach goal


NEW YORK (UMNS) - The World Council of Churches has been accused of merely giving lip service to youth after falling short of its goal to fill 25 percent of the seats on its central committee with young adults.

The turmoil over the issue of youth representation was evident during the second week of the WCC's 9th Assembly, which met Feb. 14-23 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Nearly 700 youth - people age 30 or younger - participated in the assembly, with 100 serving as delegates and more than 150 serving as stewards. Before the event's official opening, about 250 youth participants gathered Feb. 11-13 for a pre-assembly meeting. (...)