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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 Message invites Churches and World to unite in Prayer


The 'Message' of the 9th Assembly is an invitation to prayer. In proposing the document for adoption, message committee moderator Wendy Evans explained that the message is neither a report nor an exhaustive listing of concerns, but that 'the message reflects the heart of the Assembly.'

Evans, a delegate from the United Church of Canada, is the only committee moderator in the category of 'youth.' The committee brought three drafts of the proposed message to plenary sessions of the assembly, collecting suggestions for textual changes on each occasion. The final version of the message was agreed by consensus on the afternoon of the last day of the meeting, Thursday 23 February. (...)