'Younger Theologians' Speak at Faith and Order Plenary Commission

( [email protected] ) Aug 05, 2004 01:21 PM EDT

“Younger theologians” from different continents and confessional families were a highlight at the World Council of Churches Faith and Order plenary commission meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 5, 2004. Speaking at what has been call the most ‘comprehensive theological forum in Christendom,” these theologians, aged between 25 and 37, encouraged the attendants to make a more visible connection between the “theological formations” and local action.

"We are afraid that all these theological formulations go to waste if not integrated to the realities of our lives," the younger theologians said in their statement.

The group, which included Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant theological scholars from Brazil, Canada, Greece, Kenya, India, and the Philippines, said it “welcomes further exploration into the notion of unity we so often invoke."

"The quest for unity is not a choice we are free to make. It is an imperative for all Christians," they said. "While the reality of visible unity may continue to elude us, we refuse the temptation to be discouraged and remain committed to the journey towards Christian unity however long and unpredictable it may be."

The Faith and Order plenary, which began on July 28, will close on August 6, 2004