Bishop Andrzej Malicki, head of the Evangelical-Methodist Church in Poland, was elected the new president of the Polish Ecumenical Council. The remaining members of the management board and the composition of the audit committee were also elected, the council announced in Saturday’s communiqué.
The new authorities were elected during the General Assembly of the Polish Ecumenical Council, held at the headquarters of the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw. “Bishop Jerzy Samiec and bishop Andrzej Malicki, the head of the Evangelical-Methodist Church in Poland, were candidates for the president. Bishop Andrzej Malicki became the president. Vice-presidents, Rev. Adam Malina (Evangelical-Augsburg Church) – secretary and Bishop Marek Izdebski (Evangelical-Reformed Church) – treasurer. (chairman) and priest Jan Ostryk “- it was written.
“I am aware that difficult topics will appear in the Polish Ecumenical Council. We cannot avoid them”
The ecumenical organization informed that Bishop Andrzej Malicki is a graduate of theology at the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw and the Higher Theological Seminary of Jan Łaski in Warsaw. “In 1988 he was ordained a deacon, and in 1991 a presbyter of the Methodist Church in Poland. He was the pastor of Methodist parishes in Kielce (1985–1997) and Katowice (1997–2013). In 2013 he was elected superintendent of the Church Evangelical-Methodist in Poland. When he was a pastor in Katowice, he was involved in the work of the Silesian Branch of the Polish Ecumenical Council “- she recalled.
She added that Bishop Malicki “was the secretary of the board of the local branch.” “In 2016, as the head of the Church, he joined the board of the Polish Ecumenical Council as secretary. He is a member of the Joint Commission of Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Poland and PRE. As the head of the Evangelical-Methodist Church, he was a signatory of several documents of ecumenical dialogue:” Appeal of the Churches in Poland for respect and celebration of Sunday “,” Messages of the Churches in Poland regarding refugees “,” Messages of the Churches on the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence “. Since 2017, he has been the president of the Bible Society in Poland” – we read.
The council said that during the General Assembly, Bishop Malicki “thanked the current president, Bishop Jerzy Samiec for his work”, and also “expressed his willingness to cooperate with churches outside the PRE, for example with Pentecostal”. “I am aware that difficult topics will appear in the Polish Ecumenical Council. We cannot avoid them. They must be resolved at all levels in the spirit of dialogue, understanding and reconciliation,” he said, quoted in the text.
The Polish Ecumenical Council brings together seven member Churches
The communiqué recalled that the Polish Ecumenical Council was established in 1946 and “currently brings together seven member churches: the Baptist Church in the Republic of Poland, the Evangelical-Augsburg Church in the Republic of Poland, the Evangelical-Methodist Church in the Republic of Poland, the Evangelical Reformed Church in the Republic of Poland, and the Polish Catholic Church. in Poland, the Old Catholic Mariavite Church in Poland and the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Associate members of PRE are the Biblical Society in Poland and the Social Society of Polish Catholics. “
“The Council works for the development of ecumenical dialogue, religious tolerance, and the rapprochement and cultivation of fraternal relations between the Churches. It operates in many fields: it organizes ecumenical services, conferences, camps and youth exchanges, undertakes diaconal (charity) initiatives, conducts interfaith dialogue and consultations with state authorities, cooperates with the media, implements various projects. The work of the Council is carried out in its committees and regional branches “- indicated.
It was explained that “the work of the Polish Ecumenical Council is directed by its presidium, which includes the heads of the member churches”. “The board headed by the president executes the resolutions of the presidium and conducts the day-to-day work of the council, representing it outside. The General Assembly consists of a delegation of member churches and associated members. It elects the board and the president of the council, decides on the admission of new members and changes in the statute, and also approves the reports and grants discharge to the Management Board “- summarized.
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