Good evening. I am very honored to be with you.
My name is Geoff Tunnicliffe, I have the privilege of serving as the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance. The WEA is largest representative evangelical body in the world serving over 600 million Christian.
During this week we are remembering once again those who lost their lives in the tragic events of 9/11. We continue to express our love and prayers for the families and friends of those impacted by this tragedy.
We also acknowledge with deep sadness the tremendous loss of life perpetrated by acts of violence in many other parts of the world since that tragic day.
Tonight, on this important occasion, when leaders from various faiths gather, I believe it is very relevant and appropriate that I read four short statements that were passed unanimously at our last WEA General Assembly in 2008.
1. The members attending the 12th General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) affirm its history of working towards religious freedom for all people. This was one of the motives for the founding of the Evangelical Alliance in 1846
2. The activities of the WEA in this regard are founded on Scripture which reveals that every human being is created in the image of God and thus has indelible dignity.
3. The WEA affirms religious freedom to exercise any or no religion as defined by the relevant declarations of the United Nations. The right to religious freedom is indivisible and cannot be claimed for one particular group only to the exclusion of others.
4. The WEA therefore aims to work collaboratively with all who share its goals of supporting religious freedom, be it political powers or representatives of other or no religions. The WEA affirms the intention of Christians to live together peacefully with adherents of other or no religions and to work together for the common good and reconciliation.
So on this, the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I reaffirm these commitments made by our global community and pledge to working even more intentionally to make them a reality.
In conclusion, we want to present to you a special gift. Two hundred years ago, a young British parliamentarian labored tirelessly for 20 years to bring an end to the dehumanizing slave trade. This powerfully inspirational story is told in the Walden Media film, Amazing Grace. Wilberforce inspired by his faith, sought to make a difference for good in the world. It is our pleasure to provide each one of you a copy of the film with the hope it will inspire you to make the world a better place. Thank you.
Comments made by Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance
“In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience”, Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Dr New York, NY 10115
September 9, 2011 http://www.worldevangelicals.org/