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The member churches' renewal of commitment and participation

At the dawn of a new millennium, the churches recommit themselves to the ecumenical vision and deepen their participation in the WCC.
The member churches' renewal of commitment and participation

Recommitment ceremony at the 8th WCC assembly, Harare 1998.

The governing bodies established by the WCC's constitution are the means of ensuring that the activities undertaken by the Council as an institution are attuned to the needs and concerns of its member churches and ecumenical partners.

They should function in ways that:

  • ensure maximum representation and participation by the member churches, with policies set and decisions made in a transparent way;
  • •listen to the voices of all, not just to those whose culture, language, education or experience give them special advantages in the setting of a global organization;
  • •give priority to reflection and deliberation on the key issues facing the churches in the world today, rather than being dominated by institutional concerns;
  • •pay constant attention to the theological coherence and coordination of the WCC's activities, rather than being a place where particular interests and agendas lobby;
  • •establish and deepen relations with churches which are not WCC members but are open to ecumenical fellowship;
  • •stimulate those with leadership responsibilities in member churches to take up ecumenical concerns locally and to act ecumenically in their immediate context.