Basic Affirmations, Commitments, Recommendations and Future Perspectives - Dialogue with people in other parts of the world
88. We have seen our interdependence with all other people and with
creation. We have experienced our meeting as one of dialogue, made possible
by God's love for us all. Such experiences give us confidence to reach
out, to listen to and learn from each other.
89. It is clear that we, as European churches and Christians, need to
hear from churches and Christians in other world regions what they have
to say to us, what they hope for and expect from Europe and its people,
Europe's churches and their members. The restructuring of Europe can only
be done adequately as part of the transformation of the global village.
In this process we learn from one another. The sharing of our spiritual
and other resources is mutual. We recognize the spiritual poverty of many
of our "rich" societies. Thus we are in need of a more intensive dialogue
with Christians from other world regions and traditions. We hope that this
dialogue will take place in a worldwide ecumenical process before, during
and after the World Convocation for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of
Creation (Seoul, March 1990).
90. We feel the same need for a dialogue with other world religions, cultures
and world views. To be credible in such a meeting we need good relationships
within and between the churches. This also means an open relationship based
on dialogue between church leadership, groups and movements within the churches.
We must also meet our neighbours of other faiths or none, who live close at
91. We feel an urgent need not just for dialogue with people of other faiths
and world views, but also for joint action for justice, peace and the integrity
of creation. We share this commitment with other people of good will.