Church unity advocates admit their 'phobias'

Fears vary by denomination
In recent months, the National Council of Churches observed its 100th anniversary, the World Council of Churches celebrated its 60th birthday, and the new, widest-ever group, called the Global Christian Forum, laid plans for a second international conclave in 2011 with a strengthened secretar- iat and an effort to get the word out about its existence.

About 50 forum leaders, meeting November 8-11 in New Delhi, continued to emphasize the development of personal trust among Protestant, Cath olic, Eastern Ortho dox and Pente costal leaders of all stripes, according to spokesperson Wesley Granberg-Michael son of the Reformed Church in America.

The forum, which held its first full gathering in Nairobi in late 2007, hopes to develop a pan-Christian witness to the world by stressing essential beliefs and moral examples rather than by taking stances on social issues.


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