• Short Summary

    Delegates from all parts of world have gathered in Nairobi for the world council of churches' Fifth Assembly.

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    Delegates from all parts of world have gathered in Nairobi for the world council of churches' Fifth Assembly.

    The two and a half week conference began on Sunday (23 November), and is being attended by two thousand three hundred people. Of these, 747 are authorised to represent the 272 member churches....Protestant, Orthodox and Old Catholic. There are also representatives from other faiths including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs. There's also an official representation from the Vatican.

    The Assembly is meeting for the first time in Africa and one of the most heated debates is expected to centre round the Council's decision at its last assemble in Uppsala to give financial support of African Liberation movements...and whether this policy should continue.

    Other topical issues which are expected to come up in debates, most of which will occupy the ill-defined area between religion and politics, are the controversial United Nations' resolution on Zionism, the widening gap between rich and poor countries, the Civil War in Angola and "women's lib" in the church.

    Another of the Assembly's major tasks will be to try and find ways to overcome the Council's own financial crisis, which has led into a 2.6 million Swiss Franc deficit -- almost entirely due to the world monetary situation.

    At the end of the two and a half week assembly, the delegates will elect a new Executive Council, and will adopt guidelines for the next seven years.

    The main theme this year is"Jesus christ Frees and Unites" and guest speakers include Jamaica's Prime Minister, Michael Manley, a prominent Australian biologist, Professor Charles Birch and various theologians.

    The Kenyatta conference centre in Nairobi is the venue for the fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

    It's the first time the Assembly has been held in Africa and it's being attended by more than two thousand people. Of these, about seven hundred and fifty are representing the two hundred and seventy Protestant, Orthodox and Old Catholic member churches. Other faiths represented include Bhuddists, Hindus, Muslims and Jews, and there's also an official delegation from the Vatican.

    One of the delegates' major tasks will be to find ways to overcome the Council's financial crisis. That has led it into a two-point-six million Swiss Franc deficit and is blamed almost entirely on the current world monetary situation.

    But the most heated debates are expected to centre round the Council's earlier decision to give financial support to African Liberation movements, and whether this policy should continue. The conference began on Sunday and ends on December the tenth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE0OEMEVO6Z9AJR1DH9ZQKMSYU
    Media URN:
    VLVAE0OEMEVO6Z9AJR1DH9ZQKMSYU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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