Rev. Pierre de Salis thanked the Assembly of Delegates for the confidence they have placed in him, and is looking forward to a unique time in the nearly hundred-year history of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches: the transition from the Assembly of Delegates to the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Church of Switzerland.

“I believe that this transition offers a singular opportunity to provide Swiss Protestantism with greater visibility and to honor our mission as a driving force within society – a driving force in ethical and spiritual terms and a driving force for a coexistence in the spirit of the Gospel, for mutual respect, for an active resistance to all forms of violence, and for the care of the weakest among us. We must also remain mindful in our efforts of the environment in the theological sense of protecting creation. The new Synod should do all that it can to support the cantonal churches to this end.”