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10.05.05 02:30 Age: 7 yrs

Historic Conference on World Mission and Evangelism Opens with Dialogues

About 700 representatives from churches and mission bodies from all over the world gathered for the opening of the first Conference on World Mission and Evangelism of the 21st century today.

The conference, convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC), opened this morning in Athens with two thematic presentations on the general theme "Come Holy Spirit, Heal and Reconcile" and will run through May 16.

According to WCC, delegates to the CWME conference from Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal churches or mission bodies "are called to this humility, so as to recognize the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in all of them."

In his address at the opening session of the conference, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia told CWME participants that it was time for confession, repentance and a deep conversion in thinking and attitudes.