Work begins toward an all-encompassing world Christian organization

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2000

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Representatives from the World Council of Churches met Roman Catholic, evangelical Protestant and Pentecostal leaders to discuss creating a ''global Christian forum'' to encompass as many of the world's Christians as possible.

The World Council's 1998 assembly originated the idea of a loosely organized meeting ground to include its own Protestant and Orthodox members along with those outside the council, principally Catholics, evangelicals and Pentecostals.

After the international meeting at Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school, the 30 participants released a communique saying the forum would foster practices to ''enable us to handle our Christian differences ... creatively and peacefully.''

A new committee, independent of the World Council, is coordinating the forum project. Members include representatives of the Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Russian Orthodox Church and the evangelical movement.

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