On 26 October, the International Committee of the Global Christian Forum (GCF) held its second online meeting this year. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity was represented by Reverend Andrzej Choromanski, staff member. The meeting started with prayer time, followed by sharing from the participants on what makes Christians hopeful as individuals, as churches, and as ecumenical community in this particular time of the pandemic. Time was dedicated to planning for the fourth global gathering of the GCF scheduled for Spring 2024. The participants addressed aspects such as theme, possible size, list of participants, choice of venue, as well as various practicalities. After a fruitful discussion the Committee set up a task force to continue the planning and to present a project of the event for the next Committee meeting. Time was set aside to express the Committee’s gratitude to two leaving members. The meeting concluded with prayer.
The Global Christian Forum is a unique ecumenical platform bringing together all the major streams of world Christianity. It is not a structured organisation but an “open space” based on the principle of participation rather than formal membership where Christian leaders meet periodically to pray together, to nurture mutual respect and spirit of unity, and to address together issues of common interest. Its distinguishing mark is the practice of sharing faith stories, either personal or ecclesial, during meetings. The Committee currently comprises 25 members. The GCF secretary is Reverend Dr Casely Essamuah (Methodist Church, Ghana/USA).