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Document Common understanding and vision of the WCC (CUV)
This text is the outcome of more than eight years of study and consultation on the "common understanding and vision of the World Council of Churches", mandated by the WCC Central Committee at its meeting in 1989. Between the Seventh Assembly of the WCC in 1991 and the Eighth Assembly in 1998, this subject was continuously on the agenda of the WCC central committee; in addition, it was extensively discussed in meetings of WCC commissions, advisory bodies and staff. Insights were sought and received from WCC member churches, other churches and a broad range of ecumenical partners, as well as many individual participants in and students of the ecumenical movement.
Located in Resources / / Porto Alegre, 2006 / 3. Preparatory and background documents
Document Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context (Ecumenical conversations)
"Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context" : The WCC's Common Understanding and Vision process offers a coherent and challenging vision: a broad fellowship of churches, committed and accountable to one another, seeking visible unity in their life and witness today.
Located in Resources / / 3. Preparatory and background documents / Ecumenical conversations
Document The Meaning of Membership
The WCC Executive Committee agreed in February 1995 that the process of study and consultation on the "common understanding and vision of the World Council of Churches" should aim at preparing a document for the Eighth Assembly, on the occasion of the WCC's 50th anniversary, which might serve as an "ecumenical charter" for the 21st century. In September 1995, the Central Committee approved a procedure for preparing such a text. An initial draft came from a consultation in December 1995 which brought together some 35 persons from all regions and church traditions. This was shared with a variety of groups and individuals, then revised in June 1996 and sent to the Central Committee for discussion in September 1996.
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Geneva, 1996
Document Report from the Plenary Commision to the churches
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Plenary Commission Meeting, Moshi, Tanzania, August 1996