How do we impress and engage the greater Church
Allow me to encourage our members to review many of my reports to the GMC over the past 6+ years with emphasis on my rather lengthy presentation at our last international meeting which is included as an appendix to the minutes. Our GSG did an excellent job of trying to capture my report. In that Report it was noted that among the three Legs of OSMTH-I is our senior clergy and that leg is alive and well and I reported on their support and cooperation. In one of those meetings I pointed out that we met at length with the immediate Past President of the World Council of Churches and he stated it is time that you (OSMTH-I) formally reach out to the WCC in Geneva. Following discussions with Bishop Younan, Metropolitan THEODOSIUS and Gen. Robert Disney we are beginning to more formally open a relationship with the WCC utilizing our talented but limited resources. To that end our plan is to put together a Geneva Team.
That Team, as has been in place for the past two years, we have Marcel as our senior (Chief of Mission) to the UN—he has been reappointed by the GC; the Rev. Dr. Jean Ford as Asst. GSG for the International Peace Bureau (IPB)—she has been appointed by the GC and has met with Colin Archer the Secretary General of the IPB in Geneva and both Gen. Disney and I have exchanged E-Mails, with Colin over the past week. Professor Ford is also an active delegate with Marcel on the UN Mission in Geneva. Next the Rev. Dr. Schmeling remains an active member of the UN delegation to Geneva, has established coordination with the Headquarters of the World Lutheran Federation on our behalf in that City and he with Dr. Ford will reach out to the WCC to more formally establish our relationship—which will be defined by the WCC.
All of the above activities regarding an OSMTH-I Team in Geneva working with the UN, CoNGO, WCC, IPB, WLF and other likeminded NGOs was reviewed about 18 hours ago on Sunday in New York with Cyril Ritchie, the President of CoNGO. Randy Tietz and I had flown to New York to met with Cyril (Report to follow) at his request and Gen Disney spoke with Cyril by phone. For almost three hours our OSMTH-I group of myself, Randy, Chev. Robert Bateman-Chief of UN Mission in NY and Chev. Price our CoNGO Coordinator in NY discussed in detail the full range of issues including a OSMTH-I Team in Geneva. He offered his help and comment and then boarded a plane to return to Geneva after that very productive meeting. He knows that I plan to try and visit Geneva this year to visit the senior leadership of the WCC and host some private events with the IPB, CoNGO, UN and our own UN delegation. I would add that on the religious side, GP Portugal has arranged a meeting between myself and the Catholic Patriarch of Portugal maybe in May in Lisbon.