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Programme of the plenary sessions

Tuesday May 10, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT + 3)

Come, Holy Spirit, heal and reconcile

The opening plenary will begin with words of welcome from the CWME moderator, Ruth A. Bottoms. A welcome address on behalf of the Church of Greece will be given by the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, His Beatitude Christodoulos. It will be followed by an introduction to the overall conference programme, and an opening address by the WCC general secretary, Samuel Kobia.

The second and thematic part of the plenary will focus on the main theme of the conference, pneumatology and mission, with addresses from two different theological perspectives by Kirsteen Kim, honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Wonsuk Ma, a Korean Pentecostal missionary and theologian, living in the Philippines.

Wednesday May 11, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT + 3)

Called in Christ to be reconciling and healing communities

The sub-theme of the conference will be introduced by a theatre performance (mime) prepared by young participants, as well as by narrative and reflective theological explorations with special attention to the role of the church and the local congregation in mission.

There will be a personal testimony from Latin America on healing and reconciling in a local community, and Samuel Kabue from Kenya will share how the WCC's Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) that he coordinates views the "healing" or "reconciling" character of the local community.

Participants will then have the possibility to share their experiences in small groups. Finally Athanasios N. Papathanasiou from Greece will talk about "Reconciliation: the major conflict in post-modernity. An Orthodox contribution to a missiological dialogue".

Thursday May 12, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT + 3)

Decade to Overcome Violence: Mission and violence

The ambiguous relations between Christian life, witness, mission and violence will be the focus of this plenary. It begins with a liturgical procession of symbols of violence, brought to the altar by young people from various regions.

An audio-visual presentation of the first half of the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence will be followed by personal testimonies witnessing to the ambivalent relationship between mission and violence.

A round table with the participation of Fernando Enns, pastor of the Mennonite Church in Germany and teacher at the Ecumenical Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Tinyiko Maluleke, a leading African missiologist from South Africa, Janet Plenert, Executive Director of International Ministries, Mennonite Church Canada and Viola Raheb, Lutheran theologian and Christian educator from Palestine, will then reflect on these experiences.

There will be no attempt to end this plenary by providing answers to the questions raised. Rather, a time of prayer will simply place the debate on mission, power and violence before God: "Do not lead us into temptation - but deliver us from Evil."

Friday May 13, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT + 3)


Two panels will introduce important aspects of the healing ministry. On the first panel, Bernard Ugeux, a Roman Catholic anthropologist and theologian from France, and Erika Schuchardt, a German member of parliament and expert on counselling, will be interviewed on the yearning for healing in post-modern situations, and the church's mission in this context.

A second panel will reflect on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the challenge this poses to a contemporary understanding and practice of mission. The panellists are Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, an evangelical activist for people living with HIV/AIDS in Bolivia, Japé Heath, an Anglican priest from South Africa who is HIV-positive, and Anthony Allen, a psychiatrist from Kingston, Jamaica.

Saturday May 14 morning, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT + 3)


Two narrative presentations about social and community conflicts and the complexities of reconciliation processes by Iosua Pepine, a church minister and fisherman from Kiribati, and the episcopalian Bishop Lunga ka Siboto, who has been an ecumenical accompanier in Israel and Palestine, will be followed by time for discussion.

A theological address on the significance of reconciliation as a new paradigm for mission by Robert Schreiter, a Roman Catholic priest and expert on the impact of violence and trauma on victims of injustice, will bring the thematic plenaries to an end.

Saturday May 14 afternoon, 16:30 - 18:00 (GMT + 3)

Closing plenary

In the closing plenary, a group of "listeners" will be asked to share personal thoughts and perceptions of what the conference highlights and challenges were for them. A message committee will then present a text to be adopted as the "conference message", or received as a "letter from the conference".

This will be followed by concluding speeches and a short sending ceremony by the CWME moderator Ruth Bottoms.