CCA General Secretary Calls for an “Ecumenical Horticulture in Our Time”

Posted on 30 June 2003

During the Joint Programme Area Committees meeting in Cipayung, Indonesia, June 21-26, CCA General Secretary Ahn Jae Woong suggested a “re-invention” of the ecumenical movement using the image of an ecumenical horticulture. By this he meant processes of planting new seeds, watering a new spirit, fertilizing a new energy, nurturing new branches, and harvesting new fruits of oikoumene.

“Ecumenical horticulture shoud be concerned about the good life of the whole creation,” Dr Ahn said, and this is built upon God’s golden rule of love for God above all and love of neighbor as oneself.

The program areas of General Secretariat (GS), Faith, Mission and Unity (FMU), Justice, International Affairs, Development and Service (JID) and Ecumenical Formation, Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment (EGY) evaluated the past programs of CCA under their respective clusters. The Program Area Committee (PAC) members affirmed that there has been increased ownership of CCA programs by member churches and councils, there is more gender and youth representation, and there has been clear indication of trying to balance quality and quantity of programs.

One concern raised at the plenary session for all PACs is the need to be more intentional in the use of methodology that would also model the themes of the program — this is to affirm that methodology is just as important as the contents of the programs.

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