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Indonesian Protestants called to create ’synergy’

January 17, 2011

INDONESIA: Leaders of an interreligious forum have called on Protestant denominations to collaborate in dealing with various issues including the closures and attacks of worship places across Indonesia.

“Christians’ weakness is being unable to resolve the problems because of the lack of synergy,” John Palinggi, co-deputy head of the national Interreligious Harmony Forum, told 150 people at a Jan. 14 meeting in Jakarta.

The Protestant layman said it is the task of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) to unite the 323 Protestant denominations in the country.

As 2,442 churches were attacked and closed, Muslim Thamrin Amal Tomagola, a professor in Jakarta, said they should not rely solely on the government to help.

IJ12883.1637

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