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Document Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal
Thematic Address presented at the 13th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 15 April 2010.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches
Document Living Water
Bible study on Acts 8:26-40 by Eleni Kasselouri-Hatzivassiliadi for the WCC Assembly, 4 November 2013: The text relates the mission of the Spirit to the symbol of the water of life. The Holy Spirit is the Life-giver, who sustains and empowers life and sends out God’s people to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. How and where do we discern God’s life-giving work, and how are we enabled to participate in God’s mission today?
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council
Greetings of the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly on 7-28 October 2013 in Rome: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith and at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the opening of the Year of Faith on 11 October 2013 delivered by H.E. Archbishop and Metropolitan Dr Nifon of Targoviste.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Preparatory Paper N° 6: Documentation on EMS Consultations on Reconciliation
We request our churches in Korea, Japan and Germany to work locally for the remembrance of history and the transmission of insights gained thereby to the next generation. We therefore request our congregations to work for a situation where the wrongdoing, which in some cases has only just come to light, is not repressed, and call upon them to seek solutions in cooperation with the responsible politicians and citizens' action groups.
Located in Resources / / Other conferences and meetings / Conference on World Mission and Evangelism
Document Communique issued at the end of the Africa Pre-Conference of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism
At a pre-conference held 11-15 September in Kenya, representatives from the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches focused on the theme “Dignity and Transforming Discipleship: Implications for African World Mission In a communique issued at the close of the pre-conference, participants recognized that Africa will host the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania from 8-13 March, 2018.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Unity, Mission, and Ecumenical Relations
Document Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding
"Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding" : The question of the theological approach to religious plurality had been on the agenda of the WCC many times, reaching a certain consensus in 1989 and 1990.1 In recent years, it was felt that this difficult and controversial issue needed to be revisited. The present document is the result of a study process in response to suggestions made in 2002 at the WCC central committee to the three staff teams on Faith and Order, Inter-religious Relations, and Mission and Evangelism, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies.
Located in Resources / / Porto Alegre, 2006 / 3. Preparatory and background documents
Document Words of greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference
Words of greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches
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Document Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010
The unexpected intuition to flash forth from the conference was the awareness that Christian disunity is destructive to the very mission of the Church, and the corresponding search for Christian unity began," said the Rev. John Gibaut, director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. He was preaching on 18 January 2010 in a service at the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the beginning of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and as churches around the world prepare to mark the centenary of the 1910 conference.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Visible unity
Document Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World
A landmark document addressing the conduct of Christian witness around the world was released 28 June 2011 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) after five years of work. With an expressed awareness of inter-religious tensions and the difference in religious convictions, the document, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct" is meant as a tool for churches, ecumenical organizations and mission agencies rather than a policy or theological statement.
Located in Resources / / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation / Christian identity in pluralistic societies
Document Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010
Report of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Just and inclusive communities