Late this afternoon the central committee of the WCC elected a new general secretary. Olav Fykse Tveit will take up office on January 1st 2010 when Samuel Kobia retires.
I am very happy at this news and was moved listening to the general secretary elect speaking while watching from the interpretation booths. you can read the moving and motivating presentation he made in the closed session of the central committee.
What does it mean to be one? To be one is to stand up for one another; to step out of our own interests - for the other, for a higher cause of unity; to stand together in the whole mission of God. We are so much stronger together. The agenda for justice and peace demands that we are one; the agenda for unity theologically.