"National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and Melissa Green reported to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) at its Nov. 14 to 17  meetings in Mississauga, Ont., about their experiences at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 8  in Busan, Korea". "MacDonald attended in three capacities: as part of the WCC group tasked with writing the Unity Statement at the end of every assembly; as a facilitator for a pre-assembly gathering on aboriginal issues; and as a 'consensus candidate' for president of the WCC's North American region, a position to which he was elected". "The WCC has a critical role to play defending the rights of indigenous peoples', [MacDonald] said. 'Indigenous people are going to face not only the dispossession of their land but questions of life itself'. The WCC is, and always has been, poised to help'. [Melissa] Green is from the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior in B.C. Other Canadian Anglican voting delegates to the WCC were the Rev. Canon John Steele from the diocese of British Columbia and the Rev. Nicholas Pang from the diocese of Montreal".
Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod receive the Faith, Worship and Ministry Call for Nominations for Delegate(s) to the Tenth Assembly of the World Council Of Churches for use in its appointment process.
"National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald was elected North American regional president for the World Council of Churches (WCC) during its 10th assembly, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 8 in Busan, Republic of Korea. MacDonald becomes the first representative from the Anglican Church of Canada to assume this leadership role in the WCC. He will remain in his capacity as national indigenous Anglican bishop. At every WCC assembly, delegates elect a president for their region, whose job is to act as liaison and ambassador between the WCC and its 349 member churches. MacDonald was one of eight elected. About 3,000 delegates gathered on the seaside city of Busan for 10 days of prayer, study and discussions around the theme 'God of life, lead us to justice and peace'. Conversations addressed issues such as ecological justice, human rights, peace in the Middle East, poverty, interfaith dialogue, evangelism and the future of the ecumenical movement. Participants also had opportunities to engage with Korean churches, which have been among the leading forces for reunification and reconciliation between North and South Korea, divided in 1953 after a bloody three-year civil war. On Nov. 2 , nearly 800 participants joined in a pilgrimage of peace to the South Korean capital city, Seoul, to express their solidarity with the Korean people and to endorse the call for the unification of the two Koreas". [Text of entire article.]