Original Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) News
On July 7, 2004 World Council of Churches (WCC) News reported, "'Asia's rich heritage and culture of being together in diversity should be adopted as a model which will further strengthen ecumenism in the 21st century,' WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia said in an address to Asian and Hong Kong ecumenical and church leaders. Kobia was speaking during a 5 July public reception organized by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), the regional ecumenical organization with headquarters in Hong Kong. The WCC general secretary was on the first leg of a 5-25 July three-country trip to Hong Kong, Australia and Fiji. Speaking later to a group of Buddhist and Christian leaders attending a WCC-CCA consultation on 'Peace and harmony in religious diversity,' Kobia praised Asia's experience of interfaith living as a good example from which conflict-ridden societies could learn much."