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WCC General Secretary visits the LPJ

WCC2-1Accompanied by a team composed of five persons among whom Mr Michel Nseir and Yussef Dhaher, the WCC General Secretary met His Beatitude Fouad and discussed with him many ecumenical topics.

HB focused on the importance of the WCC office in Jerusalem and the good work it does for the coordination between the different churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
He also informed his guest about the activities of the LP in terms of education, health and housing projects for the local community.

The General Secretary expressed his willingness to make advocacy for the good cause of the Christian community in the Holy Land, threatened by emigration and diminution. He also stated that he had great expectations from the coming Synod on the Middle East. Dr Olav will also attend the Iftar of Ramadan, offered by the different churches of Jerusalem at Notre Dame Center Jerusalem.

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Here is a flash about our Rev. Dr. Olav Fisk Tveit

Norwegian theologian and pastor Rev. Dr Olav Fisk Tveit, 48, was elected 7th general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Thursday 27 August during its Central Committee meeting. Tveit will be the youngest general secretary since Willem A. Visser ‘t Hooft who had led the WCC while it was in process of formation and following its founding assembly 61 years ago.

“This task I really feel is the call of God. I feel that we have a lot to do together”, said Tveit in his acceptance speech before the central committee. He stressed the spirit of unity that dominated the whole process and expressed hope that it will continue to reign in the common journey. Tveit encouraged the committee members to continue praying for him: “Please do not stop!”

Since 2002, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has been the general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. Tveit is a member of the WCC Faith and Order Plenary Commission and the board of directors and executive committee of the Christian Council of Norway.

Tveit was one of two candidates standing for election to the WCC’s highest administrative post. The other candidate was Rev. Dr Park Seong-won, a Presbyterian theologian from South Korea. Tveit will replace outgoing general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia who in February 2008 informed the Central Committee, the WCC’s highest governing body, that he would not seek a second term in office. Kobia has served as general secretary since 2004.

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