Al-Muntada July 2016

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTS

Within the fellowship of MECC the churches are committed to pray, to reflect, to work and to witness together.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia

“The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) is not an organiza- tion in the ordinary sense of the word. It is essentially a fellowship of churches. The MECC, as a fellowship that has brought together the churches of the Middle East, may have - in fact should have - institutional ways and forms of expressing itself. But its nature and purpose transcend all sorts of administrative and programmat- ic structures. A clear distinction should be made between essence and form. Within the fellowship of MECC the churches are committed to pray, to reflect, to work and to witness together. The MECC makes the churches feel, that in spite of their doctrinal differences, they belong to the one body of Christ, and as such, they are called to engage themselves in promoting the Gospel values through common witness. The MECC challenges the churches to serve together to people in need, even beyond the boundaries of the churches. Being Good Samaritan is the vocation of this fellowship. The MECC, through its various programs and activities, endeavors to establish coherence and interaction between various perspec- tives and approaches of the churches living in different socio politi- cal contexts of the Middle East. The MECC is the voice of the churches. Sometimes it speaks out articulating common concerns and expectations of the churches. But, very often its action speaks more than its word. And the MECC’s action is its ministry of diakonia and firm commitment to peace with justice, human rights and reconciliation. The MECC is also a solid and a credible bridge between the churches of the region and the world Christendom. Promoting Christian-Moslem cohabitation and dialogue is an essential diemn- sion of the witness of this fellowship. Therefore, supporting the MECC means supporting the churches’ common witness in the Middle East at this crucial juncture of the region’s history”.

SUMMARY

. His Holiness affirms that MECC is essential- ly a fellowship of churches that has brought together the churches of the Middle East. It makes them feel that they belong to the one body of Christ. . The MECC is the voice of the churches. Sometimes it speaks out articulating common concerns and expectations. But, very often its action speaks more than its word. . MECC is a solid and a credible bridge be- tween the churches of the region and the world Christendom. . Supporting the MECC means supporting the churches' common wit- ness in the Middle East at this crucial juncture of history.

Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Ciclia Antelias, Lebanon

Al-Muntada . THE MIDDLE EAST COUNCIL OF CHURCHES . July 2016

Made with