After keeping a low profile for several years, advocates of a fresh approach to ecumenism are going public about a promising international gathering in Kenya this November.
About 240 leaders from the Vatican, World Evangelical Alliance, Orthodox churches, historic Protestant and Anglican communions, and Pentecostal and independent churches will gather November 6-9 at a conference center outside Nairobi.
Planners say the Global Christian Forum 2007, building on successful regional consultations since 2000, will be unique in its ecumenical breadth. The hope, says the group’s Web site, is “to move beyond the separations of the 19th and 20th centuries and to engage in common witness for the sake of God’s mission in the world.”
The new approach is based on an old religious practice—“personal testimony.”