Gathering for a New Solidarity

Many Church Leaders and Representatives of Other Religions at Taizé

On August 16, 2015, many Church leaders and representatives of other religions were present at Taizé. Here is the list.

Church Leaders

Interdenominational Christian Organizations

  • World Council of Churches (WCC): Secretary General, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit
  • Global Christian Forum: Secretary General, Rev. Larry Miller
  • World Evangelical Alliance: Associate Secretary General, Wilf Gasser (who also represented the European Evangelical Alliance), Secretary for Ecumenical Questions, John Baxter-Brown, Rosalee Veloso Ewell.
  • Conference of European Churches (CEC): Vice President Very Rev. Karin Burstrand, Dean of the Gothenburg Cathedral, Sweden
  • Czech Council of Churches: President, Rev. Daniel Fajfr.
  • Hungarian Council of Churches: Secretary General, Rev. Vilmos Fischl.
  • Ecumenical Institute of Bossey : Director, Rev. Ion Sauca.

Catholic Church

Vatican

  • Cardinal Koch, President of Pontifical Council for Unity, representing the Pope
  • Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

Continental Organizations

  • Council of European Bishops Conferences (CEBC), Secretary Fr. Duarte Cunha
  • Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) : Most Rev. Ruben Gonzalez-Medina, Bishop of Caguas, Puerto Rico, President of the Youth Commission
  • Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) : Most Rev. Felix Machado, Archbishop of Vasai, India

Bishops

  • Cardinal Manuel Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, President of the Portuguese Bishops Conference
  • Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo
  • Most Rev. Georges Pontier, Archbishop of Marseille, President of the French Bishops Conference
  • Most Rev. Jean-Pierre Grallet, Archbishop of Strasbourg, France
  • Most Rev. Benoît Rivière, Bishop of Autun, Chalon and Mâcon, France
  • Most Rev. Jacques Blaquart, Bishop of Orleans, France.
  • Most Rev. Jean-Paul Vesco, Bishop of Oran, Algeria
  • Most Rev. Pierre Dumas, Bishop of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne, Haiti.
  • Most Rev. Karl-Heinz Wiesemann, Bishop of Speyer, Germany
  • Most Rev. Asztrik Várszegi, Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary
  • Most Rev. Olivier de Berranger, Bishop Emeritus of St Denis, France.
  • Most Rev. Gérard Daucourt, Bishop Emeritus of Nanterre, France.
  • Most Rev. Peter Rosazza, Bishop Emeritus of Hartford, USA.
  • Most Rev. Dominik Meyering, Vicar General of Cologne
  • Father Jakob Bürgler, Vicar General of Insbruck
  • Mr Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche
  • Brother Enzo Bianchi, Prior of Bose, Italy
  • Sister Agnes Granier, Superior General of the Sisters of Saint Andrew
  • Sister Marie-Thérèse Vallet, Superior General of the Ursulines for France
  • Sister Alice Pons, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Charity for the South of France
  • Father Laurence Freeman, animator of the World Christian Community for Meditation
  • Deacon Yuriy Leshchynskyy, diocese for Greek-Catholic Ukrainians of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland

Orthodox Churches

  • Ecumenical Patriarchate: Most Rev. John (Renneteau), Bishop of Charioupolis, Geneva
  • Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia: Most Rev. Nestor (Sirotenko), Bishop of Chersonèse, Paris; Hiéromoine Ioann (Guaita)
  • Patriarchate of Serbia: Most Rev. Andrej (Cilerdzic) , Bishop of Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Malta, Vienna
  • Patriarchate of Romania: Most Rev. Mark (Alric), Auxiliary Bishop of the Archbishopric of Western Europe, Paris
  • Church of Greece: Most Rev. Athanasius (Chatzopoulos), Metropolitan of Achaia, Brussels

Oriental Orthodox Churches

  • Apostolic Armenian Church: Most Rev. Vardan Navasardyan and Fr. Shahe Ananyan
  • Jacobite Church: Metropolitan Thomas Mor Themotheos, Kottayam, India
  • Malankar Syrian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Mumbai, India, Fr. Aswin Fernandis, Ms. Elizabeth.

Old Catholic Church

  • Dr Joris Vercammen, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Fr. Jean-Claude Mokry, Geneva, Switzerland

Protestant and Evangelical Churches

  • Fellowship of Protestant Churches in Europe (Leuenberg) : Rev. Martin Hirzel (also representing the Protestant Federation of Switzerland)
  • Protestant Federation of France: President, Rev. François Clavairoly
  • Sister Pierrette, Prior of the Community of Grandchamp.
  • Robert Wilson-Black, Chief Executive Officer, Sojourners Community.

Anglican Communion:

  • Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
  • Bishop Jorge Pina Cabral, Lusitanian Church of Portugal

Lutherans:

  • Church of Sweden: Bishop Martin Modeus, Linköping
  • Church of Finland: Bishop Irja Askola, Helsinki
  • Church of Latvia: Archbishop Janis Vanags, Riga
  • Evangelical German Church (EKD) : Bishop Gothart Magaard, Schleswig and Holstein

Reformed:

  • Protestant Church of Genève, President, Rev. Emmanuel Fuchs, and the Moderator of the Company of Pastors and Deacons, Rev. Patrick Baud

United Churches:

  • United Protestant Church of France: President, Rev. Laurent Schlumberger (also representing the World Fellowship of Reformed Churches)
  • United Protestant Church of the Netherlands: the Secretary General, pastor Arjan Plaisier.
  • Union of the Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine: President, Mr. Christian Albecker and Vice-President, Rev. Christian Krieger (President of the Protestant Reformed Church of Alsace and Lorraine)

Methodists:

  • United Methodist Church: Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Boston, USA

Baptists:

  • World Baptist Alliance: Secretary General, Rev. Neville Callam, USA, Dr. Jim Johnson.
  • Baptist Union of Germany: Rev. Thorsten May, Germany

Adventists:

  • Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg Union of Adventist Churches: Rev. Pierre Kempf

Salvation Army:

  • Colonel Daniel Naud, Paris

Pentecostal Church:

  • Apostle Samuel Obeng Eshun, France, Elder Jonathan Akpotosu, President of the Pentecostal Church in France, Rev. Elorm Donkor, UK, Rev. Martin-Luther Avvuku, France

Full Gospel Church:

  • Rev. Yoon Lee (Yoido Full Gospel Church), Korea

Representatives of Other Religions

Hinduism

  • Mr. Ranjan Chakraborty, Bangladesh and UK

Buddhism

  • Venerable Hewon Sunim, representative of the President of the Jogye Order, Korea
  • Rev. Shokei Steffens, Rev. Shohaku Kodoi, Mr. Jochen Nölle, Mr. Akihiro Fukutani, delegation of Nichiren-So, Japan and Germany.

Judaism

  • Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, Jerusalem

Islam

  • Lebanon : Ms. Nayla Tabarra, cofoundress of Adyan, for the promotion of interreligious dialogue
  • Bangladesh : Mr. Alim Khan
  • Senegal : Mr. Bacary
  • France : Representatives of the French group of Islamo-Christian Friendship, Antoine Poirier, Sulliman Banian, Khaled Roumo, Kahina Bahloul, Annika Skattum, Fouzia Oukazi ; Mr. Mohamed Latahy, Muslim chaplain at the Strasbourg civil hospital

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