Thursday, August 9, 2012

Update on Baptist-Pentecostal dialogue

The Baptist World Alliance has issued the following press release regarding the postponement of the first meeting of the upcoming dialogue between representatives of the BWA and the Pentecostal World Fellowship:

Baptist-Pentecostal Dialogue

Washington, DC (BWA)-- The following is a release on the Baptist-Pentecostal dialogue from BWA General Secretary Neville Callam and Cecil Robeck, Jr., of the Pentecostals:

Following discussions between Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., and Rev. Neville Callam at the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries of Christian World Communions in Geneva in 2010, a proposal was developed for an international theological dialogue between scholars from the Baptist and Pentecostal traditions. This proposal received the blessings of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance.

At a preparatory meeting that took place at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, in 2011, the parameters for the dialogue were agreed and the first meeting of the International Commission was scheduled to take place in Quito, Ecuador, August 4-11, 2012.

Recently, representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the Pentecostals announced their joint decision to postpone the commencement of their international dialogue owing to an unexpected change in personnel at the venue for the meetings and also the unavailability of some participants who were scheduled to be in attendance.

The partners to the dialogue are negotiating the re-scheduling of the commencement date for this important dialogue that is planned to extend over a three-year period.

Rev. Neville Callam
Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.

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