Fostering common ground globally

TWENTY-four Christian leaders of 22 denominations and organisations from 25 countries were represented at the annual Global Christian Forum (GCF), held for the first time in Malaysia. 

First held in 1998, the GCF is a movement of representatives from diverse Christian churches, organisations and traditions seeking to promote deeper interactions between and among Christian constituencies.

The Global Christian Forum, hosted by Calvary Church Kuala Lumpur at the Calvary Convention Centre Bukit Jalil from Feb 11 to 13 provided these representatives a platform to engage with one another, to explore and address shared current concerns, such as social and ethical questions, secularisation, challenges of minority status as well as persecution.

Church leaders of various denominations together with international members of the Global Christian Forum during the dinner fellowship.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome members of the Global Christian Forum to Kuala Lumpur, many of whom have never been here before,” said Pentecostal World Fellowship chairman Rev Tan Sri Dr Prince Guneratnam, who is also senior pastor of Calvary Church Kuala Lumpur and a member of the GCF.

“We are honoured to host the annual GCF for the very first time in Malaysia and to also introduce the participants to the diversity of customs and cultures that Malaysia has to offer and to further enhance the message of love, mutual respect and the seeking of common good for all,” Dr Prince said.

A dinner fellowship was also held on Feb 10 with Malaysian church denominational heads such as Diocese of Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Julian Leow, Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur Anthony Soter Fernandez, Assemblies of God Malaysia general superintendent Rev Ong Sek Leang, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng, Lutheran Church of Malaysia Bishop Rt Rev Aaron Yap and representatives from the Methodist and Anglican Churches.

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