September 22 2019

The Global Ecumenical Sunday Service

Sunday, September 22, 2019
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
Sermon Series: Faith
"Think Globally"

Faith: "Think Globally" is the message today by Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Part 2 of Sermon Series.

Marble is hosting the ecumenical inauguration of the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which will be held in New York. The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, will be our special guest preacher. General Secretary of ACT Alliance, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, and President of Bread for the World, Rev. Dr. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel will also be participating in the service. We will also have other dignitaries from the WCC and UN, and Christian leaders from other countries. Immediately after the service, Dr. Bos moderates a panel with our special guests in the Sanctuary on “Mobilization of Faith Communities for Climate Action”.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in August 2009, and was re-elected to a second term in July 2014. As general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Tveit has led the fellowship of churches through such gatherings as the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (Kingston, Jamaica, 2011) and the 10th Assembly of the WCC (Busan, Republic of Korea, 2013). He has also been instrumental in leadership of international consultations on such topics as climate change, peacemaking and refugee resettlement. Before taking up the post of general secretary, Tveit served the WCC as a member of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission and as a co-chair of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum core group.

Since 2017, Mr. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria is the general secretary of ACT Alliance, a coalition of Protestant and Orthodox churches and church-related organizations engaged in humanitarian, development and advocacy work in the world. He has worked for 25 years in confessional and ecumenical organizations such as the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil.

Since 2000, Rev. Dr. h. c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel (MA) heads the Protestant relief organizations Bread for the World and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, first as director and since 2012 as president. She was instrumental in founding and establishing the first worldwide network of churches and church organizations in the field of development and humanitarian aid, ACT Alliance in 2010, which she chaired until 2014. In 2014, she became chair of the ACT Alliance's Membership and Nomination Committee. She has been involved for several years in various bodies of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation. She is also a member of the Chamber for Global Ecumenism of the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) and the Commission for the Bilateral Theological Dialogue of the EKD with the Russian Orthodox Church.

United Nations Climate Action Summit
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on leaders to come to the Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050. To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking leaders, from government, business and civil society, including churches to come to the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September with plans to address the global climate emergency. The Summit will spark the transformation that is urgently needed and propel action that will benefit everyone. For more information about this summit, please visit:

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance is the largest coalition of Protestant and Orthodox churches and church-related organisations engaged in humanitarian, development and advocacy work in the world, consisting of 155 members working together in over 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards.

The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of churches in the Lutheran tradition on a common journey of renewal. It strives to put faith into action within and beyond the communion. The LWF is a global communion of 148 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 75.5 million Christians in 99 countries.

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