WACC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter (left) and CWM General Secretary Rev. Dr. Collin Cowan (right) signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo: Shireen Lim.
Citing their history and shared objectives, WACC and CWM said their common understanding of communication “challenges injustice and stimulates critical awareness of empire and the realities that the media construct.” This understanding is based on CWM’s Communication Policy and WACC’s Christian Principles of Communication.
WACC and CWM have historically shared material, human and spiritual resources, working with global organizations and the ecumenical movement to advance social justice. Now, they are “mutually engaged to see the Holy Spirit at work, stirring into action creative responses to the death-dealing forces of the present age by seeking peace and promoting political, economic and social structures that are more just,” according to the memorandum.
Recognizing that “Jesus Christ is the model for communication and … that God in Christ became one with humankind and experienced closeness with all creation,” the organizations note that Jesus “offers us communication as dialogue that is participatory and inclusive and deepens partnership.”
WACC and CWM declared they will, where possible, work together in the following areas:
Noting that CWM is a mission organization and WACC is an organization of Christian communicators, WACC pledged to assist CWM with its communication strategy and CWM stated it will render assistance to WACC on areas of mission theology and linkages to member churches and other partners.
The two agreed to consider the needs of their constituencies in terms of developing programs on media literacy, media monitoring and advocacy, community media, communication tolls, communication rights and communicator training.
They are also looking forward to establishing strategic alliances with other groups, churches, organizations, or individuals that may be key to their witness and work. CWM and WACC also may meet to discuss issues of concern and make joint statements.
They affirmed their shared vision of societies and communities in which communication rights play a central role in creating and maintain justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
Singapore-based CWM is a worldwide community of Christian churches. Its 31 members are committed to sharing their resources of money, people, skills and insights globally to carry out God’s mission locally.