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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Wee will be the honored speaker at the 261st Moravian College Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 16, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. in Central Moravian Church. Both Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will hold commencement ceremonies on the following day, Saturday, May 17.
Rev. Dr. Wee has been recognized not only for his humanitarian, educational, pastoral and ecumenical service on an international level, but for championing the civil rights movement. Wee was the Senior Representative of the Lutheran World Federation in Berlin, a post he held from 1968-1974. From 1986-1993, Dr. Wee served as assistant general secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation. During that period, he worked with the World Jewish Congress, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He has had a close working relationship with units of the United Nations over the past twenty-five years, and in 1994 served as a member of the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), which was mandated to provide oversight of the first democratic election in that country.
He was a faculty member of the Theology department at Oxford when he was called to become General Secretary of Lutheran World Ministries. His energies have been engaged in efforts to combat world hunger, and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society in the Netherlands. He has been active in efforts to bring about greater understanding between the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the United States. He served on boards of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and was a member of the US Senate’s Sub-Committee on Eastern Europe.
During his service with the Lutheran World Federation, his efforts to initiate dialogue between four armed opposition groups and the Government of Guatemala were instrumental in establishing the Oslo Accords, which led to the peace agreement signed on January 29, 1996, bringing thirty-six years of armed conflict to an end. Dr. Wee served as a consultant at the United Nations for the Christian Children’s Fund. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Augsburg-Fortress Publishing House; and served as senior pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. He was a member of the Pastor-Theologian Program of the Princeton-based Center of Theological, and presently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moravian Theological Seminary.