GLOBAL CHRISTIAN FORUM
Thirty representatives from throughout the world gathered from 9-11 September 2000 at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, to explore the idea of a Global Christian Forum that would include a wide spectrum of churches and organizations. Those present came from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Reformation Protestant, Pentecostal, and Evangelical churches as well as Christian networks and para-church organizations.
Although the idea for such a Forum originally arose in conversations within the World Council of Churches, the development of a proposal is now under the leadership of an independent continuation committee. The discussions at the meeting explored ways to go beyond the present ecumenical structures so that churches from a wider range of traditions may have a common space to discuss issues of mutual concern.
Papers were presented on the history of inter-church relations from Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Anglican, Protestant, and Roman Catholic perspectives. The realities of regional challenges were presented by representatives from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Hopes and expectations of churches organized on the world-level, as well as traditional state churches and independent or free churches were openly and frankly discussed.
The representatives agreed on the possible contours of a future Forum that would include the following purposes:
Further work on the proposal will be carried out by the continuation committee over the next few months.
The meeting was marked by an atmosphere of mutual partnership, trust and consensus building, and was undergirded by warm and deep fellowship.
11 September 2000