World Council of Churches Bids Farewell to Outgoing Leader Kobia
GENEVA - Around 150 members of the World Council of Churches‚Äô main decision-making body honored the nearly six-year tenure of outgoing general secretary Dr. Samuel Kobia with a farewell service Sunday.
The service, held in the WCC chapel in Geneva, took on a distinctly international flavor as hand drums accompanied African and African-American worship songs, and responses were sung by the congregation in the South American language of Guarani.
The main sermon was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson of the United Church of Christ in the USA, who thanked Kobia for his ‚Äúleadership as an unwavering witness for justice and peace in the world on behalf of the WCC.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYour gift has been to give the courage to hope,‚ÄĚ she said, quoting the title of Kobia‚Äôs report to the Central Committee last Wednesday, ‚ÄúCourage to hope.‚ÄĚ...