Dear Friends in Partnership
The MECC Executive Committee met in Antelias – Lebanon for two days (5 –
6 March 2008), hosted by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian
Orthodox Apostolic Church of Cilicia and President of the Council. This
was the second meeting of the Ex Com after the 9th General Assembly. The
meeting was moderated by the four Presidents: H.H. Catholicos Aram I,
H.B Theophilos III, H.E Archbishop Boulos Matar, and Rev Dr Safwat
Al-Bayyadi. Members of the Executive were all present and so the quorum
The agenda of the meeting highlighted several significant issues related
to the work and life of the Council such as: the report of the General
Secretary, the restructuring, the 4-years plan of action, the financial
situation and policy, and the election of Associate General Secretaries
and directors of departments and programs.
The report of the General Secretary highlighted some “issues”: the
ownership of member churches to the Council, the cost of administration,
the relationships with the partners, the latest development in the ICNDR
issue and the terms of reference (ToR), the ecumenical ventures outside
the MECC, the restructuring of MECC.
In reference to the issues on the agenda and the ones which were
presented by the General Secretary in his report, the Ex Com discussed
these issues in panels as well as in small groups and reached to the
following decisions and recommendations:
Accept the report of the General Secretary with the
notes in the discussions.
Accept the financial report. However, a new
methodology of finance reporting is needed to show the potentials and
Approve the new proposed structure of the
Council for a “one year transitional period”. During the one year
period the Council will test the new structure, assess its impacts on
the programs and the work, and report back to the Ex Com meeting in
March 2009 about the success, the challenges and failures.
3-a) the new structure has changed the concept of the three
major Units and some programs as follows:
* “Faith & Unity” is changed into “Faith,
Unity & Christian Presence”, under which the ATIME should remain a
separate entity under this Unit.
* “Education & Renewal” is changed into
“Education & Leadership Development”, under which the Human Rights
Program comes under this Unit, as well as the Youth, the Women, the
Family Education and the Schools Programs.
* “Life & Service” is changed into “Diakonia &
Social Justice”, under which service to refugees, migrants and uprooted
is included as well as advocacy for social justice.
* The Christian-Muslim Dialogue Program
remained attached directly to the General Secretariat.
* “Programs of Special Nature & Emergency”:
DSPR, ICNDR, ERS. Each of these programs has a special situation in
relation with MECC. The DSPR is administratively autonomous and
affiliated to MECC. The ICNDR situation in terms of administration is
not yet re-solved and still in a process of dialogue between MECC member
churches and partners. The ERS program is affiliated to MECC and
administered by the General Secretariat.
* Departments related to the General
Secretariat are: Communication, International Ecumenical Relations, and
The diagram of the new structure is attached to this letter.
Approve the 4-years plan of action provided
that it does not contradict the new structure. Flexibility in changing
the plan is possible due to funding availability.
Support the “Terms of Reference” (ToR) which
was proposed by the partners regarding the ICNDR program.
5-a) Increase church membership to the Council from 10 to 20
5-b) Enforce participation fees on all the activities of the
5-c) Encourage more in-kind donations from local churches.
5-d) For the expenses of the Ex Com meetings to be fully
covered when possible from its members as it happened during the last
5-e) Do as much as possible fund raising with individuals
from the region
5-f) Encourage more part-time staffing or staff on
5-g) For the Ex Com to monitor the administrative costs of
The Ex Com elected the following persons for the
following positions in the Council:
Associates General Secretary:
Fr Fady Daou representing the Catholic Family of Churches
Rev Nuhad Toume representing the Evangelical Family of
Mr Elias Halabi representing the Orthodox Family of Churches
Ms Vivian Lorenzo, Finance Secretary
Fr Dr Gabi Hachem, Director of the Unit on “Faith, Unity &
Mrs Seta Hadechian, Director of the Unit on “Diakonia &
Ms Wafa Ghousous, Director of the Unit on “Education &
Mr George Nasif, Director of the Communication Department
The Ex Com decided to nominate members from the
Executive to monitor the work of the Units and Departments as
Commissions: 8 persons from the Executive to each Unit and Department.
These sub-Commissions will monitor the activities, report to the
Executive Committee and meet during the next Executive Committee
The next Ex Com meeting is decided to take place in
29 September Arrival
30 Sep, 1 & 2 Oct Working Days
3 Oct Departure
Beirut, 10 March 2008
International Ecumenical Relations