Resolution Expressing Belief in and Adherence to an Ecumenical Church

General Assembly, May 12-17 1952

WHEREAS, We accept the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of men;

WHEREAS, Denominational distinctions are harmful to the progress and cause of the Church;

WHEREAS, The idea of one world can be strengthened by the unity of the Churches;

WHEREAS, The United Church of Chris in the Philippines, while it is a united Church, is also a uniting Church; and

WHEREAS, It was Christ’s prayer that we all may be one;

BE IT RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, by the General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, in session assembled, to express its belief in and adherence to an ecumenical Church;

THAT in view of the peculiar and admitted position that the Philippines is the only Christian country in the Far East, our Church takes active leadership in the effort to unite all Churches; at least those Churches all over Southeast Asia; and

THAT the presiding Bishop, the Reverend Dr. Enrique C. Sobrepena, be authorized to initiate the move as he attends the General Assembly of the Church of Christ in Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, and in other places where he may stop.

BE IT RESOLVED, further, that copies of this resolution be furnished the Presiding Bishop and the Governing Bodies of Evangelical Churches of all countries in Southeast Asia;

BE IT RESOLVED, finally, that this message be spread on the Minutes of this General Assembly.

Done at Silliman University Church, Dumaguete City, this 17th day of May, 1952.


Ref: General Assembly, Action #52-61. (Appendix viv p.102)


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