Presbytery minister appointed to World Council of Churches role

faith and order commission The synod’s Rev Dr Morag Logan has been elected as a Vice-Moderator for the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission.

Dr Logan is one of five Vice-Moderators elected by the 49-member commission. The Vice-Moderators will assist the commission’s moderator, Rev Dr Susan Durber from the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom, until the next World Council of Churches assembly in 2020.

The Faith and Order Commission promotes Christian unity by coordinating theological discussions between churches.

Every year, the commission works jointly with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to develop materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

One of the goals of the commission is to foster dialogue between different denominations throughout the world. The current commission consists of theologians from 33 different countries across five continents.

Dr Logan is the presbytery minister for pastoral care in the Yarra Yarra Presbytery.

She is a biblical scholar and has a PhD in Old Testament studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as a chaplain at the University of Melbourne.

From 2004 to 2010, she lived in France and worked on two European climate change projects.

Dr Logan will be a nominee for the chairperson of the Christian Unity working group at the 14th Assembly taking place from 12 to 18 July. She is long-time member of the working group and has previously served as deputy chairperson.

Dr Logan will bring extensive experience and a commitment to ecumenism to her new role.

Image: The Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches met at the Caraiman Monastery in the southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania from 18-23 June 2015 at the invitation of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Image by Oikoumene.

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