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5 Beliefs Shared by the Middle East Council of Churches

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 03:49 PM

The Middle East Council of Churches is an umbrella group for all the Christian faiths in the Middle East. In 1962, the Protestant churches and missions came together to form the Near East Christian Council. Dialogue began in 1964 with the Orthodox churches to try form an ecumenical organization. In 1972, a constitution was drafted which allowed for talks towards the formation of a council. At the first general assembly held at Nicosia, Cyprus, in early 1974, the Middle East Council of Churches came into being with very little difficulty.

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At that first assembly, the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox and the Protestant churches were the pioneering members. The Latin and Oriental Catholic churches joined the council in 1990. Each branch of Christianity on the council has equal membership of governing bodies and of the general assembly. The individual faiths decide on their own membership to the Council of Churches.

According to The Middle East Council of Churches website, it represents over 14 million Christians in more than 12 countries and has 27 churches in the organization.

Here are five beliefs shared by the Middle East Council of Churches:

1. The Trinity: All churches aligned to the MECC believe in the Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. This universal following of the one of the main tenets of Christianity is very strong in the Middle East as it distinguishes the churches ,which are in a minority, from the majority religion of Islam.

2. Christ’s Redemptive Death: The MECC churches share a common belief that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind and through his death our connection with God was restored. That Jesus came to Earth to die for the salvation of all, is central to Christian theology.

3. Jesus is both God and Man: The belief that Jesus is both man and God is a universal one in the churches of the MECC. That Jesus became a man to in order to walk among mankind, as God and so save the world from sin, is a core belief. Jesus is seen as having a divine nature as God and a human nature as man.

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4. The Eucharist: As a remembrance of the Last Supper the practice of celebrating the Eucharist is part of every church in the MECC.

5. Celebration of Easter: Each church of the MECC marks Easter as a major holiday. Though every Muslim country of the Middle East does not mark the time as a holiday, to the churches, the time of Holy Week is central to their beliefs.

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