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WCC meets the Caribbean Conference of Churches

General Secretary of the World Council of Churches ( WCC) Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia is expected to meet with the leadership of the CCC as part of the WCC's visit to the Caribbean.It will be the first visit for Rev. Kobia in his official role as General Secretary of the WCC, since his appointment in December 2003.

Rev. Kobia is expected to arrive in Trinidad on the 27 th of July, where he will meet with CCC Presidents Rev. Dr. Lesley Anderson, Dr. Oluwakemi Linda Banks and newly appointed, Bishop Donald Reece as well as the General Secretary of the CCC, Mr. Gerard Granado, and the CCC's two Acting Associate General Secretaries - Rev. Dr. Knolly Clarke, and Ms. Allison Bidaisee.

The WCC General Secretary will also meet with members of staff of the CCC's General Secretariat in Trinidad , as well as Heads of Churches and members of the National Council of Churches (NCCs) of Trinidad and Tobago , before heading off to Haiti and Cuba as part of his Caribbean visit.

Dr. Kobia will be accompanied by Ms. Marta Palma, WCC staff person responsible for the Caribbean and Latin America , and Mrs. Donnalie Edwards-Cabey, member of the WCC's Central Committee.

The WCC is the broadest and most inclusive ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC is a fellowship of churches, now 347 in more than 120 countries in all continents representing some 400 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of denominations from such historic traditions of the Protestant Reformation as Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed, as well as many united and independent churches.

While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most are in Africa , Asia , the Caribbean , Latin America , the Middle East and the Pacific.

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