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 hand.

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.  

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