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19.05.05 18:53 Age: 7 yrs

Mission gathering sends letter to the churches

The Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) has issued a letter to the Christian world in which it calls on churches everywhere to become healing and reconciling communities of hope, open to all.

"God calls us to be a community of hope. 'Called in Christ to be reconciling and healing communities', we have continued here in Athens the task of defining the kind of community God desires us to become, a community that bears witness to the Gospel in word and deed; that is alive in worship and learning; proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all" the Letter from Athens to Christian churches, networks and communities declares.

The final formulation of the message from Athens was referred to the CWME Commission which met in Greece immediately after the conference, and adopted it on 18 May 2005.

The Conference on World Mission and Evangelism met in Athens, Greece, 9-16 May 2005 under the theme "Come, Holy Spirit, Heal and Reconcile! Called in Christ to be Reconciling and Healing Communities," and was one of the broadest gatherings of Christian churches and organizations in the early 21st century.

See full text of the letter