Greetings to the 13th General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia.
It is my pleasure to extend greetings and congratulations from the World Student Christian Federation and the Student Christian Movements in Asia and the Pacific to this 13th General Assembly of CCA. We are in your midst, in the midst of this General Assembly. Some of us are here as stewards, delegates, observers, guest and staff of CCA.
We are here to join you in celebrating the life and the journey of CCA. Over the years, we have worked together in partnership with CCA to build the capacity of our youth for ecumenical leadership thru the SELF and organize grassroots ecumenical youth movements together with the Catholic youth movements thru EASYNet. It is not an easy journey. The constraints we face in building the EYM far greater than the situation decades ago. However, we believe that we shall overcome.
We are here to affirm our commitment to empower our young people and remind all of us that we need to put the youth agenda in the forefront of our ministries. Commitment to youth empowerment is not enough, action and the will to change our priorities and mindset is required. We remain faithful to the covenant made in 1966 by then EACC and WCC, re-affirmed once again in 1981 at the Bangalore Assembly, for common ecumenical witness and service to the universities and academic communities.
We are also here to show our respect and appreciation to our foremothers and forefathers who have made significant contributions to the Ecumenical Movement and the life and mission of CCA. We draw inspiration from your examples of leadership and we commit to carry-on the ecumenical vision that you planted on this soil.
We ask that you continue to uphold the voices of the people in the margins, to seek for their liberation from oppression. To heal, reconcile and prophesy is to be in solidarity with them in their struggles.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may this General Assembly fulfill its mandate and may we all leave this Assembly inspired and filled with hope for the future of the Ecumenical Movement in Asia-Pacific.
Thank you very much.