By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA, with Agency reports
LAGOS—IN continuation of his subtle shuttle diplomacy to seek global peace, General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, recently paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Anglican Communion, Dr. Rowan Williams.
Reliable sources close to RCCG told our reporters that the two church leaders held bilateral talks in Williams’ office at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Central London on how to cement relationships between the denominations in the world and ensure peace in all parts of the world.
Details of the talks are still sketchy, but the source said the purpose of the meeting was to continue the friendship between the Anglican Church and other churches with roots in Africa which are on missionary mission to Europe, especially the United Kingdom.
Pastor Adeboye, one of the two most influential religious leaders in the world, also used the visit to solicit for cordial relationship between the UK government and African instituted churches currently practising in the UK.
The RCCG helmsman, who was accompanied on the trip by the pastor in charge of RCCG UK, Pastor Agu Irukwu and his personal assistant, Pastor Leke Adeboye, called for closer ties between the Anglican Church and other churches which is expected to translate to continual of cordial relationship between RCCG and other African instituted churches in the United Kingdom.
The meeting was also used as an opportunity for RCCG and the Anglican Church to learn from each other with a view to fashioning a means of working together, sharing experiences, and forging a way forward for the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach more people both black, white, and every other race in the world, starting with the UK.
Our reporter recalls that, Pastor Adeboye, on June 20, played host to a summit meeting of religious leaders at the United Nations to present an initiative that would give religions, academics and parliamentarians a voice in the UN.
Sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics and co-sponsored by the Mission of Bosnia-Herzegovina to UN and CRFT, with the patronage of former Director-General of UNESCO, Frederico Mayor, who introduced the “culture of peace” at the UN, the summit brought together leaders in the Abrahamic faith groups, to an international mini summit.
He also held two meetings last month with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, where he called for a global enforcement of the UN resolutions on the growth of peace in the Middle East and in all conflict areas.
Adeboye, argued while speaking with Peres, that a global adoption of the UN resolutions on the culture of peace would serve as the foundation for the peace process in the Middle East and in all conflict areas.
The meeting was co-ordinated by an arm of his church, Christ Redeemer Friends Trust, CRFT, based in London. CRFT is a group of professionals from the Redeemed Christian Church of God parishes worldwide with concern for global peace, reconciliation and advocacy and works to protect and save lives by supporting communities in emergencies and crises.
Adeboye said, “A culture of peace is a way to live together. It requires non-violence, tolerance and solidarity whilst acknowledging and respecting a variety of traditions. I have here a list of the numerous UN resolutions on the culture of peace which we believe need to be accepted by the international community, especially the Quartet as the foundation for the peace process in the Middle East and in all areas of conflict.”