KINGSTON, Jamaica : The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has sent in a strong delegation at the International Ecumenical Peace Conference (IEPC) presently being held in Kingston, Jamaica.
The five-member delegation include Fr Dr K M George, Principal of the Orthodox Theological Faculty, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Fr Dr Bijesh Philip, Principal, St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS), Nagpur, Mrs Saramma Varghese, former Principal of Pathanamthitta College, Mrs Susan Jacob from Chennai who serves as a member of the drafting committee of WCC and Liju (MGOCSM Diaspora Secretary).
Liju has joined the conference a day late.
Fr Dr Bijesh Philip spoke on A Divine Vision of Non-Violence and Harmonious Co-existence. This is a reflection on Isaiah 11:6-9. Fr Bijesh serves as the leader of one of the Bible study groups at the conference.
Earlier on Friday, May 20, Fr Dr K M George delivered a speech to the plenary of the International Ecumenical Peace Convention titled Regaining the Lost Embrace.
The conference ends on May 25, Wednesday.
The video streams will be live from the Mona campus of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.
An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
The present WCC general secretary is Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the (Lutheran) Church of Norway. Their headquarters is based in Geneva, Switzerland.