Middle East Council of Churches, 9th Assembly

The MECC 9th General Assembly took place in St. George Hotel, in the town of Paphos/Cyprus (26 – 30 November). The agenda of Assembly included a report from the General Secretary, reports of the Units and Departments for the past four years, business sessions of election of the General Secretary, the election of the Presidents, as well as the appointment of the new Executive Committee members. The Assembly had a half day of reporting and in depth discussions regarding the restructuring of the Council. Around hundred and twenty persons attended the Assembly including Patriarchs (Heads of Churches), sixty four representatives of member churches (Eastern Orthodox – Oriental Orthodox – Catholic – Evangelicals) who are eligible for voting, as well as guests, international partners and media personnel. The Assembly had chosen the theme from 2 Corinthians 5:20 “So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us”, which was reflected in morning prayers and Bible reflections.
Since its establishment in 1974, the Council is representing the ecumenical movement in the Middle East and became an instrument for churches to witness their unity in diversity.

The MECC website: www.mec-churches.org