Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
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March 23, 2012 

For Immediate Release

Callam calls for balanced representation in international dialogues

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Washington (BWA)--At the Forum on Bilateral Dialogues held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam said the composition of teams participating in bilateral dialogues at the international level must reflect the diversity of the Christian world.


Callam made the remarks on March 10 at the Forum where he represented both the BWA and the Committee of Secretaries of Christian World Communions. He was chosen for this task when the group of international church leaders met last October in their annual meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, in the United States.


The BWA leader said "attention needs to be paid to the relative strength of representation from the Global North and the Global South." He also called for the agenda of bilateral dialogues to reflect more intentionally the typical concerns of churches in the Global South.


The Forum on Bilateral Dialogues provides opportunity for churches and families of churches to exchange information and consult one another on emerging issues, trends and concerns that are related to bilateral dialogues.  


The gathering in Dar es Salaam was the10th forum. It brought together 35 Christians World Communions representatives who are involved in bilateral dialogues at the international level.


Commenting on the Forum, Callam said it "lived up to its reputation as a meaningful space for deliberation on the coherence of bilateral dialogues and the way in which the Holy Spirit uses them to advance the process toward the realization of the visible unity of the church."