FSPC President receives General Secretary of the WEA

Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met with FSPC President Gottfried Locher in Bern to discuss the opportunities of and limitations to cooperation with Evangelical churches.

FSPC President Gottfried Locher received Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), on December 5, 2011 for discussions at the headquarters of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) in Bern. Tunnicliffe was accompanied by Hansjörg Leutwyler, Secretary General of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (SEA), and Deputy Secretary General of the Réseau Évangélique, Michael Mutzner. The meeting served as a means of getting to know one another better and to discuss the opportunities and limitations involved in cooperation with the country’s free and Evangelical churches.

“Each church family has its own points of emphasis along its path toward church unity,” said FSPC President Gottfried Locher. “The WEA visit shows that coming closer together as institutions is something that grows out of personal trust.” Locher said that the reception of the WEA secretary general reflected how the FSPC takes the free churches’ efforts and commitment to unity seriously. “The FSPC is contributing toward the deepening of relations between the churches.”

The Evangelical Churches and the Churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) have carried out important common projects over the past several years. This included cooperation within the Global Christian Forum, the joint hosting of the 2010 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh, and the common work of the WCC and WEA on the Sudan referendum in early 2011.