Closing day - 24 May 2011

Sending forth

Before delegates returned to their respective countries, churches and organizations, they asked for God's blessing on the continuation of their journey together towards a just peace.

Closing plenaries

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Metropolitan Prof. Dr Gennadios of Sassima, vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee.

Weaving together of Experiences

In a session seeking to gather the learnings of the convocation, more than 60 of the 1000 participants lined up to contribute comments and changes to the final message.

For an inclusive church

Simone Poortman from the Netherlands voiced the concerns of participants from the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN).


The choir of the Global Network of Religions for Children sang about respect for one another during the closing plenary session.

Meredith Coman

Reading the message of the IEPC

Reading the youth message

Sanna Eriksson, Church of Sweden, spoke on behalf of the young IEPC participants at the closing plenary. “We rejoice that young people participated in this meeting in a wide variety of roles,” she said. “We thank those churches and organizations who sent young people as their representatives.”

The stewards

Recognition of their contribution at IEPC

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