Slotverklaring Assemblee

De 9e Assemblee van de Wereldraad in Porto Alegre is ten einde, de drieduizend deelnemers keren huiswaarts, vermoeid maar ook geinspireerd en met vele nieuwe vrienden en bekenden van over de hele wereld..
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”God, in your Grace, Transform the World”
Message of the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches:
An Invitation to Prayer

As representatives of churches from all the world’s regions, we gather in Porto Alegre, Brazil, meeting in the first decade of the third millenium, in the first assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Latin America. We are praying, reflecting on the scriptures, struggling and celebrating together in our unity and diversity, and seeking to listen carefully to one another in the spirit of consensus. Sisters and brothers, we greet you.

Meeting in February 2006, we are made aware by Assembly participants of cries arising daily in their home countries and regions due to disasters, violent conflicts and conditions of oppression and suffering. Yet we are
also empowered by God to bear witness to transformation in personal lives, churches, societies and the world as a whole.

Specific challenges and calls to action are being communicated to the churches and the world in the reports and decisions of the Assembly, such as the mid-term call to our recommitment to the Decade to Overcome
Violence (2001-2010), guiding principles in the quest for Christian unity, engagement in inter-religious dialogue, full inter-generational participation of women and men, and common statements addressing the
churches and the world on public issues.

The purpose of the message is to reflect the heart of the Assembly, its experiences and hopes. The theme of this Ninth Assembly is a prayer, ‘God, in your grace, transform the world’. In prayer our hearts are transformed, and so we centre our message in prayer:

God, in your grace,
through the love of your Son Jesus Christ, and the breath of the Holy Spirit,
you create and sustain your universe.
Together we turn to you in prayer, for it is you who unite us:
you are the one God in whom we believe,
you alone empower us for good,
you send us out across the earth in mission and service in the name of Christ.

We confess before you and all people:
We have been unworthy servants. We have abused the gifts you give.
We are not only victims but also perpetrators of violence.

We wound one another by divisions everywhere.
We have misused and abused the creation.
We have often failed to take decisive action against environmental destruction, poverty, racism, war and genocide.

In all this, we deny Jesus Christ who in his incarnation came to save us and teach us how to love.
Forgive us, God, and teach us to forgive one another.

God, in your grace, transform the world.

God, hear the cries of all creation,
the cries of the waters, the air and the land;
the cries of all who are exploited, marginalised, abused and victimized,
all who are dispossessed and silenced, their humanity ignored,
all who suffer from any form of disease, from war
and from the crimes of the arrogant who hide from the truth,
distort memory and deny the possibility of reconciliation.
God, guide all in seats of authority towards decisions of moral integrity.
God, in your grace, transform the world.

We give thanks for your blessings and signs of hope that are already present in the world,
in people of all ages and in those who have gone before us in faith;
in movements to overcome violence in all its forms, not just for a decade but for always;
in the deep and open dialogues that have begun both within our own churches and with those of other faiths in the search for mutual understanding and respect;
in all those working together for justice and peace – both in exceptional circumstances and every day.
We thank you for the good news of Jesus Christ, and the assurance of resurrection.

God, in your grace, transform the world.

By the power and guidance of your Holy Spirit, O God,
may our prayers never be empty words
but an urgent response to your living Word –
in nonviolent direct action for positive change
in bold, clear, specific acts of solidarity, liberation, healing and compassion.
Open our hearts to love and to see that all people are made in your image,
to care for creation and affirm life in all its wondrous diversity.

Transform us in the offering of ourselves so that we may be your partners in transformation
to strive for the full, visible unity of the one Church of Jesus Christ,
to become neighbours to all,
as we await with eager longing the full revelation of your rule in the coming of a new heaven and a new earth.

God, in your grace, transform the world. In the name of the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit; Amen.

Bron: IKON
Amersfoort, Bisschoppelijk Bureau, 24 februari 2006