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Assembly

The Assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every eight years. The formal purpose of the Assembly is to review programmes and determine the overall policies of the WCC, as well as to elect presidents and appoint a Central Committee which serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly.

The Assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every eight years. The formal purpose of the Assembly is to review programmes and determine the overall policies of the WCC, as well as to elect presidents and appoint a Central Committee which serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly.


Alongside the committee work and business sessions for the delegates, assemblies are also times of celebration and sharing for the many thousands of other visitors at the event.

A central element of assemblies for all participants is the worship life, where the community gathers for prayer and meditation, drawing on the diverse spiritual experience of the churches around the world.

WCC 10th Assembly (2013)

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches which gathered some 3,000 participants from around the world from 30 October to 8 November 2013, addressed the theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.

In the message of the WCC 10th Assembly, participants offered this affirmation:

“We share our experience of the search for unity in Korea as a sign of hope in the world. This is not the only land where people live divided, in poverty and richness, happiness and violence, welfare and war. We are not allowed to close our eyes to harsh realities or to rest our hands from God’s transforming work. As a fellowship, the World Council of Churches stands in solidarity with the people and the churches in the Korean peninsula, and with all who strive for justice and peace.”

For more information, please visit the website of the WCC 10th Assembly

 

WCC 9th Assembly (2006)

The WCC's 9th Assembly, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 14-23 February 2006, was an intense period of encounter, prayer, and celebration - in morning and evening worship, 90 Bible study groups, and in the 200 workshops and other events making up the assembly's parallel mutirão.  

At the end of the assembly, participants prayed, as they had done at the beginning of the ten-day event : "God, in your grace, transform the world". The prayer - that was also the assembly theme - was echoed by a message from the Assembly which ended:

"Transform us in the offering of ourselves so that we may be your partners in transformation  to strive for the full, visible unity of the one Church of Jesus Christ, to become neighbours to all, as we await with eager longing the full revelation of your rule in the coming of a new heaven and a new earth."

WCC 9th Assembly website

 


Previous assemblies

See a list of the previous assemblies' themes and key aspects.