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The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization is currently happening in Cape Town (16-25 Oct 2010). Our man on the spot, Iwan Russell Jones, is blogging for us from inside the congress with news and comment. Check back here each day for new posts.

Lausanne is held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance. The 2010 congress has brought together some 4,000 leaders from 198 countries for dialogue and action on the critical issues of today, including world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS and persecution.

Lausanne is also running a virtual congress with video clips and other resources. There's also a Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Photo of people praying at Lausanne

Posted by Iwan Russell Jones on 24 October 2010, 15:39

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER – Sometimes, during this week, the all-too-familiar has suddenly shown up in altogether unfamiliar context and become wonderful, shiny and new. It’s like a transfiguration.

It happened on the first day of the congress when we said the Lord’s Prayer together and there was an extraordinary, synchronised murmuring as the words of Jesus were spoken in many languages.

It’s happened a number of times in the worship when a well-known song such as ‘I love you Lord and I lift my voice’, is delivered in Hindi or Mandarin or Xhosa. And it happened tonight, when a noisy and seemingly anarchic time of collective prayer moved smoothly into the singing of the doxology and the recitation of the Nicene Creed.

For me, there was something hugely significant about this ancient statement of the church’s faith being affirmed by such a truly global gathering of believers…

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty… We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ… We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life… We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church… We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I guess that most people here do not come from liturgical churches. It’s the first time that I’ve ever seen the creed used in such an eclectic gathering of evangelicals. Amazingly, and movingly, it didn’t seem at all out of place.

Photo: Lausanne Movement

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Iwan Russell-Jones is a TV producer based in Cardiff.
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