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WCC General Secretary to Visit Taiwan

Contact: World Council of Churches, +41 22 791 6153, +41 79 507 6363, media@wcc-coe.org


GENEVA, Nov. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia heads an ecumenical delegation that will visit Taiwan from 23-26 November at the invitation of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT), the WCC's member church in the country.


During its four-day visit, the delegation will meet with PCT leadership and staff, and attend a public meeting at the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary where Kobia will address the public on the topic of "The spirit and basic concerns of the ecumenical movement and the interactive relationship between ecumenism and spirituality".


On 24 November, the delegation will stay overnight in a rural indigenous community/congregation and, the next day, visit an urban indigenous community/congregation before returning to Taipei where Kobia is scheduled to deliver the sermon at a Sunday worship service.


The ecumenical delegation accompanying the WCC general secretary is composed of Rev. Dr Tyrone Pitts (WCC central committee member, general secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, USA); Rev. Dr Seong-Won Park (WCC central committee member, from the Presbyterian Church of Korea, South Korea); Rev. Fr Gabriel Papanicolaou (ecumenical officer of the Church of Greece); Dr Mathews George Chunakara (WCC Asia secretary); and, as a communications consultant to the delegation, Rev. Deborah DeWinter (WCC programme executive for the United States).


A more detailed visit programme outline is available on the WCC website at:



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 348 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 WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, from the Methodist Church in Kenya. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.