Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria, received today, Monday, members of the Egypt Council of Churches committee, at the church headquarters in the Cathedral in Zamalek.
Bishop Samy told the members of the committee: The members of the council are from different denominations, but the spirit of participation and joint ecumenical action sets an example for the people of the spirit of cooperation and cohesion without melting into the other and changing the identity of each church.
Bishop Samy added: When the Christian people see how much love there is among the members of the committee, in addition to its intense activity, it will create a great deal of knowledge of the council’s tasks, which will contribute to the growth of its role in society.
Whereas, Rev. Boutros Fouad, head of the Shepherds Committee, gave an explanation of the committee’s role, such as one-day meetings for priests and conferences concerned with the pastor’s affairs. Rev. Boutros invited the Archbishop to attend and participate in such events.
And Pastor Boutros added: We are trying to expand in different areas to communicate the ecumenical thought through the committee, so it will be a strong message about how to respect the thought and belief of the other. The care committee has an important role through the interdependence of its members on a personal level.
The attendees also praised the media role played by the churches to raise awareness of various issues and the interest in transferring the church’s activities to the community and transferring experiences, stressing the tremendous development witnessed by the media and press centers of the Episcopal/Anglican Church.
The meeting concluded by presenting a souvenir to Archbishop Samy Fawzy to congratulate him on his assumption of the position of Archbishop.
The meeting was attended by Reverend Yashua Bekhit, Archdeacon Emad Basilios, Rev. Fayez Nagy, Rev. Michael Milad, Rev. Osama Fathy from the Episcopal/Anglican Church, Rev. Peter Fouad, head of the Pastors Committee, Rev. Youssef Nabil from the Coptic Orthodox Church, Rev. Youhanna Saad from the Catholic Church, Reverend Youssef Adel and Reverend Najah Fawzy from the Evangelical Church.
It is worth mentioning that the Egypt Council of Churches was established in 2013 and includes in its membership the Episcopal/Anglican Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Evangelical Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Coptic Catholic Church.
The council seeks to increase cooperation and love between churches without interfering with the beliefs of each sect, and it organizes conferences that bring together church youth through its various committees.