Gottfried Locher encourages change of ecumenical perspective

FSPC President Gottfried Locher will discuss the state of ecumenism in Switzerland in his Council President’s public address this coming Monday in Berne. The address will open the Assembly of Delegates held November 5 and 6 at Berne City Hall.

“Realistic ecumenism now – for a Protestant change of perspective.” With this motto, Gottfried Locher, Council President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, will start off the Assembly of Delegates (AD) this coming Monday, November 5.

In his programmatic Council President’s address, Locher will talk about the “impatience of ecumenism in Switzerland” and the church’s “credibility problem.” Locher promises “some straight talk on Catholic-Protestant ecumenism” and encourages delegates to chance an “ecumenical change of perspective.”

The Council President’s address is open to the public, as is the entire Assembly of Delegates. The parliament of the 26 FSPC member churches will convene on Monday, November 5, from 1:30 pm to 5 pm and on Tuesday, November 6, from 8:30 am to 12 noon in the Great Hall of Berne City Hall.

The delegates will elect the three-member presidium of the Assembly of Delegates for the 2013-2014 legislative period. Former vice president Verena Enzler (Solothurn) will run for president. Jean-Marc Schmid (Berne-Jura-Solothurn) will seek re-election as vice president, and Daniel Reuter (Zurich) will run for vice president for the first time. The term of office of current AD President Theres Meierhofer-Lauffer will expire by the end of 2012.

George Lings, director of the Sheffield Centre of the Church Army, a mission organization founded by the Church of England, will give a speech on revival movements in the Church of England.

Other items on the agenda include the General Assembly of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) in September 2012 in Florence, the 2007 AD ordination mission and the recommendations of the AD commission on financial analysis.

Note: The public Council President’s address will be held Monday, November 5, 2012, in the Great Council Hall of Berne City Hall, Rathausplatz 2.

The speech will be ready for download on from November 5.
The video in German and French will be ready for viewing and downloading from Tuesday, November 6, 2012.