TO ALL IN THE UPCSA
The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in their meeting this week resolved, among others, to appoint the Rev Dr. Prof Jerry Pillay, a minister and a former General Secretary of the UPCSA, a Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria to be the General Secretary of the WCC, with effect from 1 January 2023. On behalf of the UPCSA family, we congratulate the Rev Dr. Prof Pillay on this appointment. This comes after a long period of waiting, as the Central Committee wanted to sit in person to be able to make this appointment. It was supposed to be made in March 2020 but, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it was not possible to hold a physical meeting. The long wait is now over.
We are all invited and encouraged to pray for Prof Pillay and his family, as they prepare for this transition and the assumption of this very challenging position. We also commend the WCC as it has to provide direction to a world that is widely diverse. Congratulating Prof Pillay, the Moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Dr. Agnes Abuom said,
“May the WCC global fellowship warmly welcome you, pray for you, and show you in every way that we care for you as you take on important leadership in our ongoing journey toward Christian unity. You and the ecumenical movement are making history—and forming a future in which we can live out God’s love for one another and for all.”
Let us soak Prof Pillay in prayer until and even after he has taken over as the WCC General Secretary.
Rev Dr Lungile Mpetsheni
Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa