WCC general secretary honoured with Royal award by Jordanian King
The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has received the Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service award, presented to him by King Abdullah II of Jordan. Tveit expressed gratitude for this acknowledgement of his contributions to interfaith dialogue and the WCC’s work in promoting peaceful relations between Christians and Muslims.
Tveit received this award in a ceremony on 3 September in Amman, Jordan, where he was participating in a conference on “Challenges facing Arab Christians” along with other Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world.
The Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class, recognizes achievements in particular fields, including philanthropy, literature, the arts, science, scholarship and education, industry and commerce, or public service.
“The medal given to me, with other religious leaders, by King Abdullah II is indeed a great honour and inspiration,” said Tveit.
“Inter-religious work for peace-building in communities around the world is a major priority for the churches, and it is my prayer to promote these initiatives in every way I can,” he added.