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Projects Overview, Programme Plans 2007-2013

06 September 2006

"Churches together to transform the world"

Project details 2007-2009 with activity outlines

Draft 14 July 2006

The context of this document 

This document is a complement to the document called "Programme Plans Summary" which provides an introduction to the programme framework and an outline of proposed programmes and projects.

This document contains detailed descriptions of projects and activites, including budgets, which are also available on www.ecuspace.net.

These plans are being proposed to the WCC Central Committee in September 2006 for consideration and approvall

Figures for 2007 are budget figures. Figues for 2008 and 2009 represent a framework budget of implementation costs.

 

 

P101 - Interpretation of the ecumenical vision of the WCC  

Specific objective

To appropriate and communicate the spirit of the "Common Understanding and Vision of the WCC" (CUV) process.

Links to goals

Direct link: 1a

Secondary links: The project may inspire and be inspired by common theological reflection (1b); offer insights into the search for unity and common witness (2a); encourage churches and ecumenical organizations to work together for justice and diakonia (4a-c); provide ecumenical formation of key personnel (5a) and enhance the participation of youth and women in the ecumenical movement (1a).

Description/ background

The Common Understanding and Vision ("CUV") document encouraged churches to evaluate their ecumenical commitment - in their own local contexts, in their national, regional and global relationships and, specifically, in relation to the WCC. The process underlined that while the ecumenical movement is wider than the WCC's organizational expressions, the Council serves at the same time as a prominent instrument and expression of the ecumenical movement.

The CUV influenced two key ecumenical processes: the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC and the process named "Ecumenism in the 21st Century". This second process assisted ecumenical partners as they reflect on the "reconfiguration of the ecumenical movement". Realizing the potential of these two processes is vital.

In December 2004, a WCC consultation on "Ecumenism in the 21st Century" called for the establishment of a continuation committee to stimulate reflection on the reconfiguration of the ecumenical movement. That consultation also made a number of recommendations to strengthen and systematize relationships between ecumenical partners that will be followed up in this project.

Similarly, the CUV offers potentially fruitful resources for discussion when the claim of the WCC to be a "fellowship of churches" is challenged from a spiritual perspective. "Praying together" has become an ecclesiological and spiritual challenge and needs to be addressed. At the same time, the potential of the consensus method, as a new institutional culture for ecumenical engagement, could be further strengthened and nurtured and shared with other ecumenical partners. The Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration will ensure continuity in this area.

Closely related to the reconfiguration process is the Global Christian Forum, an effort to create an open space wherein representatives from a broad range of Christian churches and inter-church organizations may gather to foster mutual respect so as to explore and address together common challenges. The 9th Assembly received the report of the Continuation Committee of the Global Christian Forum, approved its recommendations, and encouraged the continuation of the process aiming at the gathering of a Global Forum Event (November 2007).

Timing and exit Strategy

All activities will follow the rhythm - and consequently the instructions - of the meetings of governing bodies. A first assessment will take place at the next Central Committee meeting (February 2008) and a mid-term evaluation at the following meeting of the Central Committee (September 2009).

The project includes the continuation of the process on "Ecumenism in the 21st Century" and related activities with new emphasis in 2007. Decisions about future work in this area will be guided by the continuation committee. The first phase of the process will end in 2009 with the presentation of an interim report to the Central Committee. The project will be completed at the 10th Assembly of the WCC, the next opportunity for changes to the constitution that may seem necessary to conclude the process and implement its results.

Methodology

The project will develop an integrated style of work, holding together in an inter-active manner communication, ecumenical formation and a study process. The project is seen as a Council-wide activity involving staff and expertise from all parts of the work.

Youth will be among the main actors in carrying forward the process of discernment by helping to develop an appropriate language and the use of modern technology in order to communicate the important role and legacy of youth in the history and development of the ecumenical movement.

Ecumenical officers will be among the primary partners, assisting staff and governing bodies in the task of initiating a process of study, reception and implementation of the CUV for the member churches.

The methodology of the Permanent Committee which has been entrusted with the continuation of the task of the Special Commission will be continued in the coming years, combining its annual meetings with visits to local churches and participation in/discovery of their liturgical, diaconal and educational activities.

Relationships plan

Strengthening of the relationships with member churches and other churches through WCC's governing bodies, ecumenical officers, young adults and appropriate ecumenical bodies so as to enhance a common reflection on developments within the ecumenical movement.

List of activities

P101-01 - Ecumenism in the 21st Century (Reconfiguration of the Ecumenical Movement): follow up the process, including facilitating the work of the continuation committee and contribute to the facilitation of the Global Christian Forum. Expected results: the processes have gained momentum and progress is monitored on a regular basis.

P101-02 - Ecumenical officers network: annual meetings of the Ecumenical Officers. Expected results: To equip Ecumenical Officers to be interpreters of the spirit of CUV.

P101-03 - Consensus and collaboration: annual meetings the permanent committee. A consultative study process led on the spiritual/liturgical ground on which the entire fellowship is built. Expected results: To continue the work of the Special Commission especially in the area of ecclesiology and worship.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

 

 

Project costs 2007-2009

P101 - Interpretation of the ecumenical vision of the WCC

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P101-01 - Ecumenism in the 21st century

57,300

57,000

45,000

P101-02 - Ecumenical officers network

63,900

10,000

75,000

P101-03 - Consensus and collaboration

33,000

33,000

33,000

Total implementation costs

154,200

100,000

153,000

Staff and related costs

256,458

256,458

256,458

Total direct costs

410,658

356,458

409,458

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

502,819

448,619

501,619

P102 - Global platform for theology and analysis

Specific objective

To provide a platform for theological reflection on and analysis of certain crucial challenges for Christian witness in the world today.

Links to goals

Direct link: 1.b.

Secondary links: The project will facilitate theological reflection on visible unity (2.a) and on mission and ecclesiological relationships (2.c); defend human dignity by addressing human rights from an ethical and theological perspective (3.a); contribute to the ecumenical reflection on poverty, wealth and ecology (3.d); offer new insights to the work on faith, science and technology (4.c).

Description/ background

This is one of the new - and quite exciting - key features of the 2007-2013 programme plans. Theological reflection and analysis on the one hand, and ecumenical partnership on the other, constitute its two primary poles of interest.

The WCC as a world-wide instrument of Christian unity is mandated to facilitate common theological understanding on certain crucial issues that concern life, work and relationships among churches, CWCs, ecumenical partners and specialized ministries working in different fields. This global platform will involve a wide range of church leaders, theologians, ethicists, social scientists and activists from many parts of the world. It will be a space to analyze and interpret the implications of some major challenges to the Christian witness of the ecumenical movement, the churches and their ministries in the world today.

The purpose of the platform is to provide the opportunity for dialogue and for a sharing of diverse perspectives rather than to arrive at convergence texts. The issues for study and reflection will be determined through a consultative process and will be followed up in the programmatic work of the Council and of the broader ecumenical movement. A special effort will be made to ensure substantial youth participation in and contribution to the process.

Timing and exit strategy

The first period will be from 2007-2009; however, the Global Platform, as a completely new experience, will be evaluated after three years. This evaluation will allow the governing bodies to take appropriate decisions on the way the Platform may continue in the future.

Methodology

Consultation process (involving representatives from churches, regional ecumenical organizations, Christian world communions, the Ecumenical Theological Education network and specialized ministries), in principle, in the context of meetings bringing together a wide range of partners, e.g. Central Committee, WCC Round Table, etc.), to identify the issues for reflection for the three-year period. This group will identify one issue for the year 2007 and two issues each for 2008 and 2009.

The report (aide-memoire) of this meeting will unpack the issues and will serve as the framework for further reflection. It will be posted on the website for wider participation in the process. It is hoped that seminaries and theological institutions will pick up these issues and provide input into the platform meetings.

The report of the reflections on each issue will be widely distributed to ensure that these reflections are received by the churches and ecumenical partners.

There is a commitment to make this process dynamic, consultative, participatory. The issues of the platform meetings will be posted on the WCC website and input solicited.

Relationships plan

This project will involve a wide range of WCC member and non-member churches, ecumenical organizations, seminaries, theological institutions and specialized ministries.

List of activities

P102-01 -The Global theological platform for theology and analysis will have the following elements :

  • Consultation process (in the context of ecumenical gatherings) to identify the issues for reflection. After the first year, this consultative group will work through e-mail and conference calls and meetings organized in conjunction with regional and global consultations.

  • One regional consultation per year.

  • A Global Platform on each issue per year and communication of the results widely.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs 2007-2009 

P102 - Global platform for theology and analysis

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P102-01 - Global platform for theology and analysis

89,056

89,000

89,000

Total implementation costs

89,056

89,000

89,000

Staff and related costs

256,458

256,458

256,458

Total direct costs

345,514

345,458

345,458

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

437,675

437,619

437,619

P103 - Nurturing relationships with member churches

Specific objective

To strengthen relationships within the fellowship of churches (i.e. between member churches themselves and between member churches and the WCC as an institution).

Links to goals

Direct link: 1a

Secondary links: Through concrete experiences of what fellowship really means, the project contributes to the unity of the churches (2a); offers concrete examples of just and participatory communities (2c).

All visits to member churches and visits from member churches and others will be coordinated here, and link particularly with 3 a; 4 a and 6.c.

Description/ background

Through its governing bodies and in its on-going programmatic work, the WCC seeks to maximize the participation and representation of churches in the life and activities of the WCC. It affirms the centrality of the ecumenical vision in the life of the member churches and promotes reflection and concrete experiences on what it means to belong to the fellowship.

The WCC provides a space for member churches to explore and experience together what it means to be in fellowship. This fellowship is a dynamic, relational reality embracing the fullness of the churches and the entire life and work of the WCC.

The space offered by the Council also allows for dialogue on church-dividing issues and challenges, and leads to mediation where necessary. In recent years, this process of dialogue and healing in inter-church relations was experienced through the Special Commission and its exploration of issues that have troubled Protestant and Orthodox members of the WCC. There have also been continuing divisions on such issues as proselytism, inter-religious dialogue, ordination to priesthood and the issue of human sexuality. The WCC will continue to provide opportunities for discussion and mediation that churches may utilize to aid in dialogue to understand one another's points of view and to seek reconciliation.

The 60th anniversary of the WCC in 2008 will be an occasion for reflection and recommitment of the member churches to the ecumenical vision.

Timing

And

Exit strategy

Activities included in this project have either an ongoing character (e.g., governing bodies' meetings; visits to member churches) or respond to emerging challenges (e.g., tensions between member churches) which will be specific and time-bound.

Methodology

While the General Secretariat is responsible for caring for the institutional life of the Council, all staff are expected to contribute to the strengthening of relationships with member churches. In other words, responsibility for building, maintaining and strengthening relationships with member churches is a collective responsibility of all staff and an integral part of all the activities of the Council.

Meetings of governing bodies, team visits to member churches, coordinated staff travel, encounters hosted by member churches and opportunities for experiencing the life and witness of member churches are ongoing activities which serve to strengthen the fellowship of churches.

Relationships plan

Relating to all member churches in governing bodies, focusing on facilitating the participation of the smaller churches in the WCC. Monitoring membership commitments to the fellowship.

List of activities

P103-01 - Giving leadership to the WCC - governing bodies (Officers and Executive Committee bi-annual; Central Committee, every eighteen months). Expected results: To prepare for and follow-up meetings of the governing bodies.

P103-02 - Developing the fellowship of member churches: Interpreting theologically and experiencing concretely through the life of the WCC, especially in the deliberative and prayerful character of governing body meetings, the meaning of being together, praying together and acting together and monitoring membership matters. (cf. also activities in projects 1.1 and 5.3). Preparing for a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the WCC in 2008. Expected results: To explore at maximum the potential of the consensus method and to receive and process membership applications, including visits to churches applying for membership.

P103-03 - Enhancing relationships though visits to/from member churches. Visiting or receiving in Geneva the leadership of member churches. Monitoring WCC-member church relationships, including staff travel and venues of meetings. Receiving visitors in the Ecumenical Centre (Note: The visits are to be seen as a strategic way of relating to the member churches and will be co-ordinated here). Expected results: To strengthen relationships with and between member churches.

P103-04 - Deepening Trust: Ecumenical Discussions of Human Sexuality to be continued in the form of an ecumenical conversation and reserving capacity to help the churches in difficult situations based on sensitive issues. Expected results: Churches with strong positions to be invited into a cross-cultural, cross-confessional conversation on their different theological and practical conclusions.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

 

Project costs 2007-2009

P103 - Nurturing relationships with member churches

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P103-01 - Giving leadership to the WCC - governing bodies

90,000

840,000

840,000

P103-02 - Developing the fellowship of member churches

58,500

50,000

50,000

P103-03 - Enhancing relationships though visits

171,910

175,000

175,000

P103-04 - Deepening trust: discussions of human sexuality

85,000

85,000

85,000

Total implementation costs

405,410

1,150,000

1,150,000

Staff and related costs

772,458

772,458

772,458

Total direct costs

1,177,868

1,922,458

1,922,458

Infrastructure costs

322,563

322,563

322,563

Total programme costs

1,500,432

2,245,022

2,245,022

P104 - Partnership with ecumenical organizations

Specific objective

To strengthen relations with ecumenical organizations

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 1a

Secondary links: with all projects, as relations with ecumenical organizations are to be strengthened through all that the WCC does.

Description/ background

In seeking to ensure the coherence of the ecumenical movement, the WCC works to develop effective and mutually enriching partnerships with a range of ecumenical organizations. In particular, it recognizes the specific role and important contributions of regional ecumenical organizations, national councils of churches, international ecumenical organizations, specialized ministries and Christian world communions. This project seeks to deepen partnership between these ecumenical organizations at the national, regional and international levels and the WCC. While virtually all of the WCC's programmatic work is carried out in consultation with ecumenical partners, this project seeks to provide an overview and coordination of these relationships. Regular meetings with ecumenical partners will be held to seek ways of collaborating further.

Furthering the work of the Forum and maintaining the WCC's coordinating role in ACT Development will form part of the work in this area (see P402 for details of the latter).

Maintaining relations with the Roman Catholic Church and the Christian world communions will also be part of this project, aiming at building trustful and fruitful relationships with these constituencies, for the benefit of those involved and of the ecumenical movement as a whole.

Timing and exit strategy

Ongoing activity of the WCC.

Methodology

Mapping and assessing on a regular basis both the changing ecclesial landscape and the programmatic work carried out within the ecumenical movement. Each activity of the project will ensure communication and close cooperation with the respective partners. Yearly reports will allow sharing of information concerning the processes and results achieved with all partners involved and others who are interested in following these developments.

Relationships plan

Relationships with ecumenical partners and non-member churches will be strengthened through a strategic plan of regular meetings with specific groups of partners, and monitoring of programmatic collaboration.

List of activities

P104-01 - Relationship with ecumenical partners

In order to develop greater complementarity, coherence and collaboration with ecumenical partners, the WCC will:

  • Organize rregular meetings of the General Secretaries of regional ecumenical organizations and play a coordinating role of all work of the WCC where relations with the REOs is required. Expected results: Greater complementarity of roles, programmatic work and public statements between the WCC and the REOs, and the WCC has developed a coordinated approach to relations with the REOs.

  • Initiate a joint consultative commission with Christian world communions to explore the significance and implications of overlap of membership and playing a coordinating role of all work related to the WCC where relations with the CWC's is required. Expected results: The Commission has considered and made concrete proposals concerning both ways of coordinating programmatic work and the feasibility of a common ecumenical assembly, and the WCC has developed a coordinated approach to relations with the CWC's.

P104-02 - Joint Working Group WCC - RCC: In follow-up to a proposal made by the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church, preparations for a global consultation of National Councils of Churches (in 2009 or in 2010), in collaboration with the NCC Liaison Group and the Pontifical Council on Promoting Christian Unity. Expected results: A well prepared global consultation that clarifies conditions for more intense involvement of different Christian traditions in NCCs beyond existing membership.

There are to be regular meetings of the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the RCC (executive group bi-annual; plenary, annual). Expected results: increased cooperation with the RCC within the one ecumenical movement.

P104-03 - Joint Consultative Group WCC-Pentecostals: Annual meetings of the Joint Consultative Group between WCC and Pentecostals. Expected results: Meetings of the JCG take place. Increased contacts, dialogues and even cooperation between WCC staff and member churches and Pentecostal or evangelical persons and churches. Increased participation of Pentecostals and evangelicals in the next WCC assembly.

Regular analysis and assessment of the changing face of Christianity (by inviting experts from different regions and traditions, in consultation with mission bodies, REOs and CWCs). Expected results: Reports to staff, advisory and governing bodies.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs 2007-2009

P104 - Partnership with ecumenical organizations

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P104-01 - Relationships with ecumenical partners

43,800

44,000

44,000

P104-02 - Joint Working Group WCC-RCC

54,000

63,000

54,000

P104-03 - Joint Consultative Group WCC-Pentecostals

36,400

36,400

36,400

Total implementation costs

134,200

165,000

155,000

Staff and related costs

214,458

214,458

214,458

Total direct costs

348,658

379,458

369,458

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total programme costs

440,819

471,619

461,619

P105 - Youth and women: challenges and hopes

Specific objective

To create the space for the voices and visions of women and youth to contribute to society and to the ecumenical movement.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 1

Secondary links: With all projects of the WCC for advocacy and monitoring commitments to women and youth.

Description/ background

The WCC facilitates the full and creative participation of youth in all its work. Through this project, the WCC will play a co-ordinating role and will provide possibilities for youth to contribute their visions to permeate all the work of the WCC. The WCC will provide the space for young adults to become more active in the life of the churches and the ecumenical movement. It will facilitate the formation and work of a "youth body" and the involvement of stewards and interns in the life of the WCC. It will also continue to work with local and regional initiatives of ecumenical youth through the world youth programme contributing to the creation of a network of ecumenical youth working in close dialogue and partnership with each other.

The WCC will co-ordinate women's concerns and visions in the ecumenical movement and in the life of the churches and other ecumenical bodies. The WCC has the possibility of bringing together women of various Christian traditions, regions of the world and ages into genuine dialogue so as to contribute to the ecumenical vision and in the search for unity. The WCC will continue its long tradition of providing the space for women to challenge the churches on priority concerns that affect the daily life of women. This will be done in close working relationship with other programmes that will engage women on issues such as women and economic justice; violence against women; women in a religiously plural world. A gender framework will be used as an analytical tool in designing the WCC's role and contribution to other networks working on these issues.

Timing and exit strategy

These are ongoing projects as they respond to two major constituencies of the ecumenical movement. However, the work will be evaluated after three years, particularly to check whether the placement of these concerns within the framework of nurturing relationships with member churches has had the necessary impact on the churches. This will then require the programme to be re-oriented and new activities planned for the next period.

Methodology

The focus of this work will be on advocacy on behalf of women and youth. But it will also create the space for creative dialogue and mutual enrichment bringing together diverse voices and experiences across regions, denominations and, in the case of women, ages too.

Relationships plan

Relationships with and working partnerships with churches, all the regional ecumenical organizations, all the Christian world communions, international ecumenical organizations such as the WYWCA, the YMCA International, WSCF, Syndesmos etc., is crucial for the success of this work.

List of activities

P105-01 - Young people's initiatives and leadership

a. Interns

The WCC will bring together a regionally and confessionally diverse group of young people for year-long internships. Three young people will be placed in different working areas of the WCC's programmatic work and accompanied by WCC staff from October 2006-September 2007. The purpose of the internships is to bring input from young people into the work of the WCC and to support the local and regional ecumenical work by providing learning opportunities for young people to grow ecumenically and continue local ecumenical work. The three interns will take part in an ecumenical learning program consisting of book studies, weekly workshops and exposure visits to member churches. After the learning and work experience in the WCC offices in Geneva, each intern will develop an ecumenical project that they will implement back in their home context after the internship period. Expected Results: Three young people will participate in an internships programme; will evaluate their experience; and will prepare an ecumenical project to work on when back home.

b. World Youth Program (WYP)

Together young ecumenical leaders from around the world set common priority issues and commit to work together on these issues with an ecumenical approach. In 2007 the WYP will: Co-ordinate an interregional internship exchange between two regions; Support local and regional work based on the WYP common priority themes; Collaborate together with young ecumenical leaders to produce a study guide resource for the WCC ''Facing the Future'' DVD to accompany the regional ecumenical work. Expected Results: The regions will have been engaged in both implementing and contributing to an evaluation of the WYP in order to develop new strategies for its work.

c. Stewards Programme and Ecumenical Leadership Training Seminar

Will bring together a regionally and confessionally diverse group of 30 young people to provide an opportunity for some young people involved with the WCC to strengthen their ecumenical leadership. The seminar will be an interregional ecumenical learning encounter and equip young people with skills and resources to continue their work at the local level. WCC staff will facilitate and organize the seminar with a focus on peer learning. Expected results: An ecumenical leadership seminar has been organized for young people to equip them with the skills to continue to engage ecumenically in their local context.

d. Youth Body

The WCC's 9th Assembly has called for the formation of a youth body to enable young people to develop their visions of the ecumenical movement and strengthen their role in the decision-making mechanisms of the Council. Together these young people will form a critical youth "think tank" that can offer their visions and ideas to the WCC and ecumenical movement. The youth body gathering will also serve to strengthen the co-operation between youth organizations in the ecumenical movement and find news ways of working together. In 2007, the youth body meeting will meet for five days in conjunction with the Ecumenical Officers meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. This will open up channels for young people to impact the member churches in terms of youth participation, leadership and young people's visions for the ecumenical movement. The youth body will set their common priorities for ecumenical work together. Expected Results: This activity will lead to formation of a body which will advise the WCC and its governing bodies and will monitor youth participation in all aspects of the life of the WCC.

P105-02 - Women's visions for church and society

a. Meeting of women representatives of Regional Ecumenical Organizations

This meeting of representatives from the Women's programmes of the regional ecumenical organizations and a few of the Christian world communions, will take place in March, 2007, in Geneva. 15 women will participate in this meeting. The meeting will provide an opportunity: to listen to the regional concerns and challenges as well as plans for the work in the regions in the coming period; to develop a commonly owned agenda of action for the work related to women; to plan the continuation of the work on violence against women; to reflect on the coordinating role of the WCC in areas such as women and inter-religious dialogue, women under racism and women and economic justice ; to reflect on a methodology for dialogue among women of various traditions, regions and ages. Expected Results: Women from the regional council of churches with representatives of a few CWC's will have met and planned a common agenda of action.

b. Overcoming violence against women and children

Work on overcoming violence against women and children will be done in a focused way in one region per year with ecumenical organizations, women theologians and women working in community based organizations to develop resource materials; Bible study materials etc. so as to strategize on ways in which congregations can get more involved in overcoming violence against women and children. In 2007 the concentration will be on Africa; in 2008 on the Pacific and in 2009 on the Middle East. Expected Results: Intensive and planned work with the African region has been successfully completed.

c. Planning meeting with Orthodox Women

A small meeting of Orthodox women will take place in June, in Greece. This meeting of 8 participants will provide an opportunity for Orthodox women to develop a strategy for their participation in the work of the WCC. Among other plans they will decide on the next steps for an inter-Orthodox meeting of women to take place in 2008. Expected Results: Orthodox women will have met and planned work for the next period.

d. Work with Women's Ecumenical Networks

The WCC will continue to work with Women's Ecumenical Networks in the regions as they attempt to make an impact on the churches - this will include organisations such as the World YWCA, the Asian women's Resource Centre, the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians etc. This will include visits and small meetings. Expected Results: The WCC will have strengthened networks of women and supported their efforts to challenge the churches in their own contexts.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P105 - Youth and women: challenges and hopes

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P105-01 - Young people's initiatives and leadership

465,130

475,000

475,000

P105-02 - Women's visions for church and society

164,870

175,000

175,000

Total implementation costs

630,000

685,000

685,000

Staff and related costs

376,458

376,458

376,458

Total direct costs

1,006,458

1,061,458

1,061,458

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

1,190,780

1,245,780

1,245,780

P201 - Called to be the one church

Specific objective

To encourage and enable the churches in their efforts (1) to call one other to visible unity and (2) to address the fundamental theological, doctrinal and social issues which continue to divide them.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 2a.

Secondary links: To spirituality and worship (2b) and to the commitment to an inclusive church (2c); as well as to contribute to the theological coherence of the ecumenical movement (1.b) and to the work on faith in the context of science and new technologies (4b).

Description/ background

The church is one in Christ - but the churches are too often divided on fundamental theological and ethical issues, by social and cultural factors, or by the memory of past conflicts.

In response to the mandate from the WCC's 9th Assembly for work on ecclesiology, baptism, the ethical and social sources of division and other issues related to the visible unity of the church, this project will help the churches to strengthen their commitment to one another as members of the one body of Christ and to address the full range of issues - theological, social, historical - which divide them.

Timing and Exit strategy

2007-2009 In general: For each activity, the churches (and/or other target groups; e.g., networks of theologians/ethicists) receive (1) a final account of the work done, (2) the results or materials produced, (3) proposals for using these within the church and ecumenically, and (4) proposals for reporting and feedback from the church, etc., will be more time specific for this period.

Methodology

Using regional meetings, publications and the Internet to engage creatively with the churches and other partners as they shape their responses to the study documents "Called to be the One Church" and "The Nature and Mission of the Church".

Targeting specific constituencies, such as Christian world communions and the United and Uniting Churches, to ensure a wide range of ecclesial perspectives and to encourage coordination of the responses among ecumenical partners.

In these discussions the WCC will involve networks of theologians from different regions, traditions, languages and cultures, while ensuring the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities. One tool for this engagement will be an interactive forum on the Internet, coordinated by a staff person as moderator of the discussions. Mission specialists will be an integral part of these processes.

Identifying specific critical issues which surface in the response processes, in order to plan further work in those areas.

Involving persons drawn from younger theologians' networks and WCC youth contacts in all phases of the project.

Looking beyond the project: encouraging churches (and other partners) to consider its implications for their own lives, including their relationship with other churches locally, nationally and internationally.

Relationships plan

Working with all WCC member churches and some non-member churches (i.e., especially those who fully participate in the Faith and Order Commission). There will be focused work with the united and uniting churches. Additionally, relationships with the CWCs and REOs (to promote regional perspectives) and renewed relationships with theological faculties, study centres and academies etc.

List of activities

P201-01 - Nature and Mission of the Church : Consultation with churches, regional consultations and team visits to gain church (and other) responses to the text "Called to be the One Church", as mandated by the WCC 9th Assembly, and the complementary text The Nature and Mission of the Church, F&O paper no. 198, already sent officially to the churches. Ongoing evaluation of the results by WCC F&O Commission (with input from other internal and external partners), reported regularly by Faith and Order to the WCC Central Committee as mandated by the 9th Assembly. Mission specialists are to be involved. Expected results: Responses from most WCC member churches and many other constituencies; renewed commitment to dialogue; new clarity on issues uniting - and - dividing the churches today.

P201-02 On the way to visible unity: Theological Studies: The Faith and Order Commission will identify critical divisive issues (for example the specific factors which today prevent a common eucharist, different ethical positions due to divergent understandings of the human person (anthropology) or divisions in the human community such as ethnicity and nationalism which divide the churches). One or two selected themes will be studied through focused consultations. Resources will include recent WCC and other ecumenical texts (for example on baptism, theological anthropology, and ethnic and national identity in relation to unity). It will explore further possibilities for agreeing on a common date for Easter. Expected results: fresh theological work on 2 issues decisive for the churches' search for unity today.

P201-03 - One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition : A complementary process to engage churches, liturgists and other constituencies with the F&O study text on baptism ("One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition"), with the aim of encouraging wider mutual recognition of baptism and putting that recognition into practice in the lives of the churches locally. Additionally, recognizing the 25th anniversary of Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry in 2007 looking forward rather than backward. Expected results: Renewed commitment to the search for visible unity and the broader ecumenical journey and increased mutual recognition of baptism; identifying and working on church-divisive issues re. baptism.

P201-04 - On the way to Unity: Uniting Churches and CWC's : Holding focused consultations with united and uniting churches and Christian world communions to explore diverse experiences and understandings of visible unity; to identify strategic issues for further discussion, and to play a coordinating role in bilateral dialogues. Expected Results: creative interaction between these constituencies (and their experience and expertise) and the ecumenical movement as a whole

P201-05 - Faith and Order Commission : Interacting with and organizing meetings of the Faith and Order Standing and Plenary Commissions, as a primary reference point designated by the WCC member churches (and others, including the Roman Catholic and Pentecostal churches) for work towards visible unity and overcoming the divisions of the churches. Expected Results: Oversight (within the WCC framework) and accompaniment of work towards visible unity; engaging members of the commission as confessional and local advocates for work for unity, and for the ecumenical movement generally.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P201 - Called to be the one church

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P201-01 - Nature and mission of the church

31,460

36,000

36,000

P201-02 - On the way to visible unity: theological studies

13,000

0

0

P201-03 - One baptism: towards mutual recognition

23,400

2,000

10,000

P201-04 - On the way to unity: uniting churches and CWCs

12,600

150,000

5,000

P201-05 - Faith and Order Commission

86,430

65,000

65,000

Total implementation costs

166,890

253,000

116,000

Staff and related costs

405,729

405,729

405,729

Total direct costs

572,619

658,729

521,729

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

756,941

843,051

706,051

P202 - Spirituality and worship in ecumenical context 

Specific objective

To encourage and explore traditional and newer dimensions of the spiritual life in the ecumenical movement .

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 2b.

Secondary links: It will be linked to other goals of the work related to nurturing the life of the churches in the ecumenical movement (1a and 1 b) as well as (2a).

Description/ background

The WCC will explore diverse expressions of spirituality in the churches, and how these under gird their life and the search for unity. This should include the spiritual experience of communities such as Taizé, Grandchamp and Iona as well as of women and youth, and the spiritual power of authentic evangelistic witness.

The WCC will explore the significance of worship as integral to the life of the churches and the search for unity, including dimensions of sacramental life, prayer and Bible study. The WCC will develop and gather materials for worship, and encourage reflection on the significance of worship and the spiritual life in ecumenical contexts.

Timing and Exit strategy

This project will begin in 2007. In early 2009 the project will be evaluated and refocused in subsequent years as needed. This is an ongoing concern of the WCC but activities and next stages in the project will be determined after an evaluation at the end of the three years.

Methodology

Doing theological reflection on the worship and spiritual life of churches and Christian communities, noting earlier WCC and ecumenical work in these areas.

Holding focused workshops as a tool to address issues of the spiritual life and worship, these to include the contribution of young adults.

Using Internet resources to collect information on worship and spiritual life practises, as a tool for analysis and reflection.

Deploying professional expertise in the fields of worship, spiritual life and communications, in order to produce materials and make them accessible to the churches.

Relationships plan

Strengthening relationships with member churches and ecumenical partners through common worship and shared spiritual experiences. Relationships with renewal communities and with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity will be important elements in this work with a view to ensure sensitivity in dealing with treasured texts, symbols and practises from a wide variety of Christian traditions.

List of activities

P202-01 - Exploring Spirituality ecumenically: A consultation to explore what WCC will focus on in the area of spirituality bringing together some representatives of the WCC member churches, theologians, communities such as Taizé, Grandchamp and Iona including women and youth. Expected result: To have developed an understanding of WCC's specific contribution to the discussions on spirituality.

Two workshops to explore the spirituality that undergirds our common life, focusing on: a) spirituality in worship and prayer life; b) worship and theology (issues of a "common spirituality" and "common worship"); c) spirituality in authentic evangelism; d) the spirituality of healing and healing communities (the last as part of a process to develop pastoral guidelines for building welcoming, healing and witnessing communities). Expected result: To have explored various dimensions of spirituality and to have shared these results with the churches.

P202-02 - Gifts from our treasures : worship and spirituality : Production of spiritual life and worship materials in response to the needs of diverse WCC and other ecumenical constituencies. Materials to be made available through print and electronic media, and in a repository of worship and spiritual life materials. This would include work with issues of "just access" to worship and spiritual life materials, e.g. legal and ethical issues related to intellectual property and "ownership". Expected results: new and classic materials made accessible; issues of intellectual property clarified and addressed.

Support for and coordination of the worship life for main events of the WCC and ecumenical partners. Expected results: Professionally prepared and organized worship for major events.

P202-03 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity : Preparation will focus on creative ways of using the materials at a local church level. In relation to this, celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Week of Prayer in 2008. Expected results: Strengthening of the Week of Prayer; celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009 

P202 - Spirituality and worship in ecumenical context

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P202-01 - Exploring spirituality ecumenically

26,000

57,000

68,000

P202-02 - Gifts from our treasures: worship and spirituality

24,000

31,000

26,000

P202-03 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

40,000

49,000

28,000

Total implementation costs

90,000

137,000

122,000

Staff and related costs

465,729

465,729

465,729

Total direct costs

555,729

602,729

587,729

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

740,051

787,051

772,051

P203 - Ecumenical perspectives on mission and unity 

Specific objective

WCC participates in the leadership of and brings its specific ecumenical perspective and experience to the international preparation process for the 2010 centennial celebration of the Edinburgh world mission conference (1910) and the international dialogue and debate on mission and evangelism in the 21st century. Work at greater synergy between different mission actors and between them and the churches.

Links to goals

Direct links: goal 2a

Secondary links: This work will relate to the ecumenical vision of the WCC and to its member churches. (I.b); and to the theological platform as this will be an integral part of the work. (1.b) It will also contribute to WCC's relationship with non-member churches (1.c); to the search for inclusive communities (2c); the changing ecclesial landscape and migration (4a); health and healing (4c) as well as the challenge of religious plurality (6a) - all of which are mission challenges for the churches..

Description/ background

An international, interdenominational and decentralised study process on mission has been launched in preparation for marking the centennial of the 1910 Edinburgh World Mission Conference. As an institutional expression (at the world level) of the movement started at Edinburgh that led to the integration of church and mission. The WCC has been involved in the first stages of the study process and is now challenged to take a leading role in the preparations for and the events in 2010. A detailed description of the process is available on request, explaining the 5 intended outcomes and 9 major mission themes to be addressed worldwide.

Timing and Exit strategy

2007-2009 (preparing 2010). The specific "Towards 2010" process will contribute to the content of 2010 mission conference(s) and in that sense accomplish its main task. The search for a relevant ecumenical understanding and practice of mission and evangelism is however not time-bound and will constitute the main challenge for the follow-up of the 2010 celebrations. Continuity is also essential in building and deepening relationships with evangelicals, Pentecostals and mission bodies.

Methodology

Participation in and specific ecumenical contribution to an international networking and study process involving a constituency wider than the WCC fellowship. Steps and contents are being negotiated with the involved partners, on the basis of an agreed description of the process.

The WCC will take leadership in the organisation of a Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in 2010, as much as possible in coordination with partners in the ecumenical movement, within and without the WCC fellowship strengthening WCC's relationships with mission bodies and with the evangelical and Pentecostal churches.

Relationships plan

Deepening contacts and dialogues with Pentecostals and evangelicals, as well as with mission bodies in North and South and with CWC's, (in particular LWF and WARC). Involvement of the young missiologists' group, of various youth organisations, cooperation with the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) and its national or regional members, as well as with the health/healing networks and EDAN.

List of activities

P203-01 - Preparation of 2010 celebration and conference : The WCC will prepare a Conference on World Mission and Evangelism as part of the 2010 celebrations, in partnership with the International Association for Mission Studies, selected christian world communions (such as WARC and LWF) and other stakeholders of the "Towards 2010" process. This activity, which overlaps with Activity 2, will increase in late 2008 and in 2009. Publication of the International Review of Mission (a direct outcome of Edinburgh 1910) as one of the instruments to support and communicate the study process listed in Activity 2. Launch a reflection on its future after 2010. Expected result: holding an ecumenical world mission conference in 2010.

P203-02 - Study on mission, evangelism and unity: Participation in the coordination of the international study process "Towards 2010". The WCC will highlight specific inputs from member churches, related mission bodies or study centers/theological faculties and the network of young missiologists on new developments in an ecumenical understanding and practice of mission and evangelism. A particular emphasis will be laid on the interface between evangelism and unity, and between mission and healing. In addition, missiologists will be asked to contribute to the reflection process on ecclesiology (P201).. The study will imply consultations, networking and meetings of scholars and practitioners in 2007, 2008 and possibly also 2009. Expected result: Increased dialogue and cooperation among leaders, scholars and stakeholders of mission, evangelism and the healing ministry, coming from a wide spectrum of churches and movements. Update on new developments in theology and practice of mission and evangelism as a follow-up of the Athens conference. Communication of interim results as needed at different stages of the process; final publication (or contribution to publications) by late 2009, so as to feed the 2010 celebrations and their follow-up.

P203-03 - Commission on World Mission and Evangelism: Prepare for and organise meetings of the CWME commission in Spring 2007 and early 2009, with additional meetings of an enlarged CWME officers meeting (e.g. for coordination with the officers of other WCC commissions). Develop appropriate means for leaders of mission bodies to network among themselves and to be linked to WCC's work on mission and evangelism. The increased sharing between mission leaders from North and South is one of the intended outcomes of the overall "Towards 2010 process" Expected result: Strengthen the cooperation and networking between the various constituencies represented in the CWME commission: mission councils (incl. non WCC related ones), WCC member churches, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and evangelical churches and mission bodies. Through the commission, this wide constituency can accompany the WCC in its participation in the "Towards 2010" process and advise on WCC work related to mission, in this and other programmes.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009 

P203 - Ecumenical perspectives on mission and unity

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P203-01 - Preparation of 2010 celebration and conference

159,950

83,000

113,000

P203-02 - Study on mission, evangelism and unity

62,200

100,000

40,000

P203-03 - Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

79,500

20,000

94,000

Total implementation costs

301,650

203,000

247,000

Staff and related costs

406,691

406,691

406,691

Total direct costs

708,341

609,691

653,691

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

892,663

794,013

838,013

P204 - Just and inclusive communities 

Specific objective

To create space for dialogue, theological reflection and meaningful participation of people who have often experienced exclusion in Church communities and society (the racially oppressed, the disabled, Indigenous Peoples and Dalits).

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 2c.

Secondary links: This project is linked to Goal 1c relating to the participation of member churches in the fellowship as the challenge is to make the churches more accountable for practices of discrimination and exclusion within church life. The goal is to increase participation of women, youth, people with disabilities, Indigenous People and Dalits, and racial/ethnic minorities in the life of the WCC. It is also linked to Goal 3b and 3c the struggles of these communities need to be addressed to UN agencies and other inter-governmental bodies.

Description/background

Since its inception, the WCC has created space for the voices and experiences of people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits and people who experience discrimination due to racism to be supported in their struggles. The WCC's solidarity with these groups has also provided a framework for their own struggles in local contexts as they seek to encourage churches and societies to be more just, responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.

Overcoming Racism and the need to focus attention on the life and dignity of those discriminated on the basis of colour or of origin has been a major concern for the WCC for several decades now. Regrettably, the struggles of those who live with racism is far from over as new forms of racism constantly emerge and racial violence is in fact on the increase. The WCC's work will focus on the challenge to the churches to address racism in their own structures and life.

The Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network has provided the framework for excellent work in developing regional and global networks of people with disabilities and in challenging the churches to become churches for all. The contribution of the WCC to the development of a UN Convention on the Rights of People's with Disabilities and the need to address issues such as economic globalization and its impact on people with disabilities; violence and the disabled etc. need to stay on the agenda of the WCC.

Indigenous Peoples (IPs) have faced discrimination for centuries in their communities and the WCC has stood in solidarity with the struggle of IPs for land, identity, language and survival of indigenous cultures. This needs to be continued as the member churches of the WCC need to embrace the concerns of IPs and to make them an integral part of their life.

Dalits belong to systems of social organization that define certain categories of people as "untouchable" or "polluting" on the basis of their descent - and religious traditions that legitimize the same. Today, an estimated 250 million people in South Asia are Dalits, who are traditionally regarded as "untouchable". The churches in India through the National Council of Churches in India, have taken the issue of Dalit liberation as a core priority for their ongoing mission, and have been supported in this by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in advocating for the elimination of the centuries-old discrimination on the basis of caste. In this next period, the WCC will work closely with the NCC India to ensure that the struggles of Dalits will gain global attention.

All these groups of people on the margins of the church offer an alternative vision and new ways of understanding Christian faith, community and spirituality. Through theological reflection and by providing support for their daily struggles for justice and dignity, new models of community and church will be developed. These will be based on right relationships of trust so as to contribute to church and community life that is just, participatory, and inclusive.

Timing and Exit strategy

This period of work will be started in 2007 and continued till 2009. At the end of the three year period, the activities under this project will be re-evaluated. After an evaluation decide on the processes and methodology for this work which is dependent on partnerships with selected ecumenical and churches in the regions. For this period, WCC will continue to prioritize work with peoples who are at the margins of church and society in order to address fundamental questions related to the unity of the churches.

Methodology

In partnership with churches, ecumenical organizations and regional or national networks, most of this work will be done in a decentralized way, through offices set up outside of Geneva. This is done in partnership with churches and ecumenical organizations in close contact with the communities struggling for life.

This project brings people together in encounters so they can network and support each other's work. The project also supports people's work and activities at the local level.

Target audiences are member churches at the local level and globally. Focus is on mutual sharing of resources and stories with NCCs & REOs, making links with secular/other religious movements working on similar concerns.

Relationships plan

Grassroots networks and organizations and member churches will be a primary focus for building relationships especially in communities where inclusion and right relations are most pertinent; i.e., Indigenous member churches or churches where Dalit communities experience discrimination. This context-specific work will also rely on the advice and collaboration with NCCs and REOs (e.g., NCC India regarding struggles for Dalit people).

List of activities

P204-01 - Churches Overcoming Racism: To facilitate a theological reflection on inclusive communities that are overcoming racism. To address ethnic/racial divisions among and between churches by facilitating hearings on racism. This activity will also facilitate churches participation in the 500 year anniversary of the abolition of slavery in 2007. Expected results: To hold churches accountable to overcoming racism and draw on their work and experience in this struggle. To support churches and ecumenical networks in their local work to address racism.

P204-02 - Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples: This activity provides a framework for the voices of Indigenous Peoples to be strengthened by bringing people from different Indigenous communities in contact with each other. This activity also supports the Indigenous Peoples in the churches to bring their concerns and perspectives to the United Nations. Expected results: Indigenous Peoples impact the work of the WCC by sharing their concerns, experiences, theology, spirituality and world views. The activity supports and strengthens Indigenous communities in their self-determination.

P204-03 - Solidarity with the Dalits for justice & dignity: The WCC will work with the National Council of Churches in India to create spaces by bringing people together to understand the theological and spiritual contributions of Dalit peoples so to influence the life and work of the churches as they respond to the struggles for dignity and justice. Expected results: To give new impetus to the work of the churches in solidarity with Dalits in India.

P204-04 - Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network: This activity works with a global network of people with disabilities. It aims at enabling the churches to recognize people with disabilities in their midst and to strengthen their voices in the ecumenical community. This activity will be undertaken jointly with the AACC in Nairobi, Kenya. Expected results: To strengthen the WCC's commitment and work with the churches and with people with disabilities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009 

P204 - Just and inclusive communities

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P204-01 - Churches overcoming racism

230,000

230,000

230,000

P204-02 - Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

150,000

150,000

150,000

P204-03 - Solidarity with Dalits for justice and dignity

100,000

100,000

100,000

P204-04 - Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network

150,000

150,000

150,000

Total implementation costs

630,000

630,000

630,000

Staff and related costs

345,729

345,729

345,729

Total direct costs

975,729

975,729

975,729

Infrastructure costs

138,241

138,241

138,241

Total project costs

1,113,971

1,113,971

1,113,971

P301 - Decade to Overcome Violence

Specific objective

To energize churches' action and cooperation in overcoming violence and pursuing just peace and reconciliation in their own lives, in the lives of their communities and in the world.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 3.1

Secondary links: The DOV strengthens the fellowship of churches (1.1), holding together their commitment in witnessing the gospel in a changing world (2.1) and deepening their spirituality (2.2). It will be a concrete effort towards building a peaceful global community (3.2) and transforming the social and economic conditions (4.1). The accompaniment of churches in critical situations will take into account religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict (6.2)

Description/background

The context of violence (inter-personal, economic, environmental, military) in our world, in our societies, in our families and even in the church continues to call for ecumenical engagement by the churches. In many contexts, the churches have been engaged in creative actions for peace and reconciliation. Upon the prophetic vision and call of its 8th Assembly in Harare 1998, the WCC launched an ecumenical Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) in 2001. During the first half of the Decade, many churches got involved; resources were shared, awareness built and creative actions taken.

During the second half of the Decade (2006-2010) the churches' alliances need to be strengthened, their discernment sharpened, and their concern regarding just peace to be moved "from the periphery to the centre of the life and witness of the church". Inter-religious cooperation, involvement of children and youth, and collaboration with civil society actors (educational institutions, agencies) will all be part of the DOV strategy to build ecumenical momentum. The Annual Focus will constitute a pivotal point for several key activities with significant visibility, such as the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP), training and awareness building in the specific region, Internet and multimedia events.

The WCC will accompany, encourage and facilitate the sharing of the experiences of the churches' engagement in overcoming violence so as to inspire new synergies towards an International Ecumenical Convocation on Just Peace, to mark the end of the Decade.

Timing and exit strategy

2007 - 2009. The DOV runs through 2010 and will culminate in an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation as mandated by the 9th Assembly.

Methodology

The focus will be on preparing the churches for their full participation in the Ecumenical Peace Convocation which will give them an opportunity to reflect on their ecumenical commitments to overcome violence and to work for peace and reconciliation in their own contexts.

An internationally constituted reference group will be charged with the responsibility with the help of a consultant to plan, facilitate, prepare and organize the International Ecumenical Convocation.

Analysis and theological reflections on the spirit and logic of violence, with a particular emphasis on economic violence, will contribute to the Convocation on Just Peace.

A Declaration on Just Peace in a context of the International Convocation, will mark the end of the Decade, as a way to encourage churches, REOs and other ecumenical partners to take over the lead in pursuing peace and reconciliation in their respective contexts.

Hold seminars, workshops, team visits and co-ordinate efforts around DOV annual focus for church and ecumenical enablers.

The sharing of stories and ecumenical team visits (including Living Letters) to member churches in the context of the Decade to Overcome Violence, will enable them to share their experiences, engage each other in forming a common mind, and be involved in the public arena in order to be able to reach peace with justice and without violence. The team visits will discuss the role of the churches in promoting peaceful resolution of conflicts and facilitate processes of reconciliation and forgiveness through joint church engagement.

The WCC will offer an internet forum on overcoming violence which will be a dynamic platform designed for interactive engagement of the young adults, allowing them to exchange their perspective on violence and how to overcome it in their own context. A person will be assigned by the WCC to moderate this discussion.

The two main tools of communication for the DOV are the DOV web site and the DOV e-news. Through the public information channels periodic stories will be circulated and occasional publication of CD/DVD and brochures will help pass on the DOV story.

Relationships plan

The WCC will co-ordinate activities developed by REOs, churches and networks, without whom the DOV would have minimal impact. The WCC will also link itself on the global level with organizations such as WHO, the UN, and the International Coalition for the Decade.

List of activities

P301-01 - Process for the preparation for the International Convocation on Just Peace: with the help of the consultant and an internationally constituted reference group.

P301-02 - DOV networking and coordination: Facilitate, in coordination with other programme areas, a) team visits (living letters) to churches for encouragement, sharing of stories and bridge-building. Expected results: churches and communities will experience the ecumenical support in their situations.

b) International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP) Co-ordinate and publicize different activities held in relationship with the (e.g. a world children's choirs film) linked to the framework of the Annual Focus. Expected results: The IDPP is celebrated with different activities in various parts of the world, with reference to the Annual Focus of the DOV.

c) Networking with other peace initiatives: Co-ordinate and collaborate with activities focusing on children and youth, for example co-sponsoring Story Tree workshops, which will build on the momentum created by the initiative "One laptop per child", in the aim to make these tools useful for peace and violence prevention. Expected results: Churches strengthen their work on issues related to children, youth and violence.

P301-03 - Theological reflection process on just peace: including seminars and workshops, bringing the churches' experiences towards a declaration on just peace and the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). This includes small reference groups. Expected results: A declaration on Just Peace is owned by the churches and adopted at the IEPC.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

  

Project costs 2007-2009

P301 - Decade to Overcome Violence

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P301-01 - International Convocation on Just Peace

150,000

150,000

150,000

P301-02 - DOV networking and coordination

45,000

45,000

45,000

P301-03 - Theological reflection on just peace

50,000

50,000

50,000

Total implementation costs

245,000

245,000

245,000

Staff and related costs

460,648

460,648

460,648

Total direct costs

705,648

705,648

705,648

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

889,970

889,970

889,970

P302 - Global advocacy for justice and accountability

Specific objective

To make the voices of the churches and ecumenical organizations heard in order to influence policy decisions of governments and intergovernmental organizations (e.g., the United Nations, International financial Institutions, International Criminal Court).

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 3.b

Secondary links: Churches advocacy contributes to overcome violence and pursue justice, peace and reconciliation (3.a.), including economic justice (3.c). It is an expression of the witnessing of the gospel in the world (2.a) and contributes to the churches being more just and inclusive (2.c). This work is intimately related to the struggle for social and economic transformation (4.a) as well as for justice, health and ecological concerns (4.b & 4.c). It provides a concrete way of ecumenical formation (5.a) and specially takes into account the cases of religious intolerance (6.b).

Description/ background

In a context characterized by economic globalization, accelerated development of information technologies, threats to peace, security and multilateralism, there is an urgent need for churches and ecumenical organizations to raise their voice to address critical challenges regarding country situations, regional developments or thematic foci with global implications to influence decision-making processes.

The WCC has played an important role in bringing churches and the ecumenical movement together to speak out from an ethical and theological perspective on social, economic and political issues. In relationship to the UN, the WCC has offered a platform to convey the different experiences of the churches to the UN both in Geneva (UNCTAD, UNHCHR, UNHCR, WHO, etc.) and in New York through the UN liaison office, which has played a facilitator role for churches and the ecumenical movement in relationship to the UN General Assembly, Secretary General, follow-up of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Debt Relief efforts etc.

Some specific cases that go beyond the regions, require the WCC to pay attention to regional intergovernmental bodies, International Financial Institutions (World Bank, IMF) and the International Criminal Court.

In the coming three years, WCC will put special emphasis on nuclear disarmament, economic justice, Indigenous Peoples legitimate claims, the International Criminal Court and regional concerns according to the annual DOV focus.

Timing and Exit strategy

2007-2009. After three years the foci will be assessed to see where advocacy efforts should be redirected.

Methodology

Co-operation, co- ordination and support to advocacy by churches and ecumenical partners at different UN levels, ICC, IFIs through the Geneva and the New York UN liaison Office.

Statements, public letters, declarations to address the different issues and express the position of the WCC and the churches.

Meetings, seminars, encounters, forums to analyze concerns from ethical and theological perspectives.

To collect and distribute widely to the constituency, the civil society at large and the media, churches statements, positions and declarations on issues of concern of the programme.

Relationships plan

The WCC will relate to and coordinate efforts of churches, REOs, CWC's such as LWF and WARC, specialized ministries and youth organizations will be utilized in the advocacy strategy gaining from their resources, knowledge and methodologies.

List of activities

P302-01 - Raising churches' concerns in the global arena :

a) Advocacy week at the UN in New York An advocacy week in New York every year, bringing about 80 - 100 partners from different regions to reflect on burning issues at the global level and interact with the UN. Expected results: Churches working on advocacy have strengthened the ecumenical network.

Seminar on international affairs concerns, peace and reconciliation, organized in relation to the annual DOV focus in cooperation with the DOV office and other ecumenical partners. Expected result: The work of the churches on these issues is deepened and enhanced.

b) Churches Engaged for Nuclear Arms Control Participation of delegations of church leaders to UN disarmament conferences and to capitals and organizing member churches support to nuclear disarmament and Nuclear Weapons Free Zones, within the DOV and in collaboration with other civil society groups. Expected results: Churches raise their concern in relation to nuclear weapons at different levels.

c) Coordination and networking at the UN and at the World Social Forum Periodical meetings with government representatives at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva and at the Interchurch Center, New York as well as with officers of intergovernmental organizations, and the coordination of the World Social Forum, to bring concerns and positions of the churches. Expected results: Voices and concerns of the churches are heard and taken into account.

P302-02 - Justice and Reconciliation at the International Criminal Court :

2 meetings per year with ICC officers and the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation in the Hague to bring churches perspective and positions on justice, victims' participation and reconciliation at the ICC procedures. Expected results: The ICC work has enhanced victims' participation and reconciliation and churches have become more proactive in relation to the Court.

P30203 - Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples at UN forums

Enable the participation of churches and Indigenous Peoples representatives at the Permanent Forum and the Working Group, focusing on their advocacy work for land, identity and sovereignty. Expected results: Indigenous Peoples have advanced in their claims.

WB/IMF/WCC follow-up of cases on governance, Indigenous People's needs and community development. Expected results: Policies of the WB and IMF are more sensitive to the positions of the churches on the above mentioned topics.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

 Project costs 2007-2009

P302 - Global advocacy for justice and accountability

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P302-01 - Raising churches' concerns in the global arena

180,000

180,000

180,000

P302-02 - Justice and reconciliation at the ICC

25,000

25,000

25,000

P302-03 - Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples at UN forums

60,000

60,000

60,000

Total implementation costs

265,000

265,000

265,000

Staff and related costs

640,648

640,648

640,648

Total direct costs

905,648

905,648

905,648

Infrastructure costs

230,402

230,402

230,402

Total project costs

1,136,050

1,136,050

1,136,050

P303 - Human rights to enhance human dignity

Specific objective

To accompany churches on issues related to the promotion and protection of human rights and dignity.

Links to goals

Direct link: goal 3b

Secondary links: To the member churches (1.c) and to communities often excluded from society (goal 2 c.)

Description/background

The WCC works to defend human dignity, overcome impunity, achieve accountability and build just and peace relations by addressing human rights from an ethical and theological perspective. The WCC responds to requests from churches to support their work when human dignity is threatened. This requires a holistic approach where civil and political rights, economic, cultural and social rights and the right to development are addressed in an integrated way.

The WCC will accompany the churches in their contexts and will strengthen their advocacy work for human rights.

Challenges for the coming years include the need to further develop the inter-religious dimension of rights and dignity; focus the work on victims' rights, impunity, religious freedom and liberty and minority rights as well as the need to provide a space to the churches to discuss the relationship between justice, human rights and human dignity. The work of the project will closely interact with the study on justice and rights developed by the global platform for theological reflection and analysis.

Timing and exit strategy

2007-2009. After three years an assessment could provide new emphases for the work to enhance human dignity.

Methodology

The WCC enables victims of human rights abuse to give testimony to the UN Human Rights Council and other specialized UN and intergovernmental bodies.

Capacity building activities (seminars, workshops, meetings) will be held to build and strengthen the capacity of the churches to ensure respect for the full range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights.

Relationships plan

Coordination with churches, REOs, ecumenical and other partners on justice, rights and human dignity in places where the WCC is requested to intervene. Special consideration will be given to the participation of ecumenical youth organizations (WSCF, YMCA and YWCA) to learn from methodologies developed by them.

List of activities

P303-01 - Churches response to enhance human dignity : Organize one seminar per year at the global level to address different concerns on issues related to human rights, including the inter-religious dimension. Expected results: Churches address human rights concern in depth and effectively.

Workshops in the regions to contribute to the study process on justice, human rights and human dignity, in coordination with the Global Platform on Theological Reflection and Analysis. Expected results: A common theological understanding of human rights and human dignity is built.

Publication and distribution of ethical and theological insights on human dignity by the churches to actors working on human rights (governments, the UN, NGOs, social movements). Expected results: Ethical and theological dimensions of human rights are known and taken into consideration.

Participate and co-ordinate activities with other civil society actors and networks working on these issues, especially organizing seminars on Human Dignity at the World Social Forum. Expected results: The WCC and the churches interact and influence the civil society on this issue.

P303-02 - Churches and Human Rights at the UN : Accompaniment and support to churches and ecumenical delegations in their work for human dignity and in their participation at the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and at other UN mechanisms meetings (Special Rapporteurs, Working groups of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights). Expected results: Churches and ecumenical delegations interact with UN Human Rights bodies enhancing victims' rights.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs 2007-2009

P303 - Human rights to enhance human dignity

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P303-01 - Churches' response to enhance human dignity

130,500

131,000

131,000

P303-02 - Churches and human rights at the UN

49,500

50,000

50,000

Total implementation costs

180,000

181,000

181,000

Staff and related costs

220,648

220,648

220,648

Total direct costs

400,648

401,648

401,648

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

492,809

493,809

493,809

P304 - Churches in the Middle East: solidarity and witness for peace

Specific objective

Together with the churches and ecumenical partners, the WCC will broaden and deepen the response of the churches for just peace in the Middle East.

Links to goals

Direct link: goal 3.1.

Secondary links: The project requires theological grounding (goal 1b); works to overcome violence and pursue justice and reconciliation (3a); fosters accountability between churches (4a); addresses racism against Jews and Arabs (4b); raise challenges of justice and ecology related to water use and oil resource exploitation in the region (4b); engaging with the region is a case study in ecumenical encounter and formation (6b); accompanies churches in situation of conflict (7b).

Description/ background

The Middle East has always been a region of special interest for the WCC. The Churches in the region have their roots in apostolic history. At present, they face unprecedented challenges: Foreign interventions, inter- and intra-state wars and conflicts are fragmenting the region; various forms of extremism and intolerance are complicating and in some instances jeopardising the security and stability there.

Major problems facing the Middle East today include armed occupation of territory, denial of human rights and national aspirations, failures to implement the rule of law at the national and international level and nuclear proliferation in Israel and Iran. Interlinked with these is the question of control of energy resources - 25% of world's oil production comes from the region, with Saudi Arabia alone producing 15%.

As a major flash point in the world, the situation of the Middle East calls for collective efforts by ecumenical partners to work for peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. WCC is committed to building the capacity of the churches to witness to peacemaking and to undertaking advocacy work at the local and national levels and influencing policy for changes of the major global and regional powers.

Since the first Gulf War, the WCC has taken the position that war in the region only defeats the declared purpose of the UN, i.e. to ensure peace and security in the region. The Council's overwhelming concern has been to reinforce the role of peacemakers of the churches and to express and articulate Christian solidarity through its diaconal ministries. To further this objective the Council opposed economic sanctions against Iraq and together with its member churches termed the invasion of Iraq by the coalition forces as illegal and immoral.

The WCC has maintained a focused attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has nurtured every effort for a peaceful and just settlement of that conflict.

Timing and exit strategy

2007- 2009. Objectives will be assessed at beginning and end of the period 2007-09, specially to see the level and reach of church action.

Methodology

Collective policy development and coordinated ecumenical action will be undertaken so that greater strength can be found through more united action. The degree of success will depend on the extent that the ecumenical community responds together to joint challenges in this region.

A comprehensive approach to policy and implementation will focus on inter-religious relations, diakonia, overcoming violence and the need for the WCC's public witness.

An interdisciplinary approach will be combined with collaborative methodologies that are already generating greater ecumenical concern through joint actions for the region, specially for an inter-religious response to political and cultural violence in the Middle East.

Project stakeholders and staff will work to mobilize church leaders and members to put faith into concrete actions for a just peace. Special attention will be given to strengthen the position of the churches in the region and beyond, through advocacy and media efforts.

This project will ensure that the core rationale for church strategy in the region is known and used by interested member churches around the world. As the project responds to needs in the Middle East, communication work will aim to raise the public profile of church policies and actions for peace in the region. Churches will also be encouraged to communicate the ethical and religious requirements of peace in this key region to their members and to sister churches.

Relationships plan

The primary relationships will be with member churches, ecumenical and civil society organizations in the Middle East. The project will also link with the WCC member churches, UN Agencies, specialized ministries and civil society, at the global level so as to mobilize solidarity and support for the Middle East.

List of activities

P304-01 - Uniting Hearts and Minds for Peace
  • Ongoing review and analysis of major international trends in the region to support more informed strategies and programmes.

  • Develop a comprehensive WCC policy for the Middle East to guide, integrate and strengthen ecumenical engagement and foster global-regional-local cooperation.

  • Influence policy changes in the Middle East and especially in the Israel-Palestine conflict through a global advocacy network of churches in North and South that shares responsibility to broaden and deepen church actions for peace. Network-based campaigns may be about ending military occupations, promoting refugees' right of return, and achieving national self-determination for Palestinians; to include capacity building within the network as necessary and agreed.

P304-02 - One Message, Many Voices
  • Organize regional, inter-disciplinary and global conferences to develop policy that includes inter-religious, environmental and other dimensions as well as justice, peace and human security; oversee or assure its implementation.

  • Support the development of the proposed Jerusalem Ecumenical Centre to provide an ecumenical focal point for global-regional-local engagement in and for peace in Jerusalem and Palestine.

  • Manage the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, including in the Global South, to improve solidarity with those affected by the conflict and raise awareness through "eyewitness" reporting and advocacy in sending countries.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Activities in 2007

P304-01 - Uniting hearts and minds for peace

Specific result

New and comprehensive ecumenical policy on the Middle East is developed as a working draft during 2007 with broad preparation by the major WCC-related groups concerned with the region. The process creates greater ecumenical awareness and understanding of:

  • The situation in the region;

  • The needs of those affected by conflict;

  • The advocacy goals of ecumenical partners and related opportunities for peace-building by an increasing number of churches and partners in four key sectors related to peace in the Middle East; and

  • Christian leadership in the region recognize the commitment of the churches, that this greater ecumenical engagement supports a continuing and vital Christian presence there.

The increase in churches and partners will be measured by the number of counterpart staff who take part in development of ecumenical policy and the number that take some form of follow-up action.

The four key sectors related to peace in the Middle East for the purposes of ecumenical policy development are advocacy, diakonia, inter-religious and ‘other', which includes geopolitical issues of water and petroleum exploitation.

Description/ background

a) Mobilize churches and organizations through staff and partners visits.

Review, analyse and communicate major trends in the region to support more informed policies, strategies and programmes.

Convene three multi-sector "preparatory committees" to agree and form ecumenical policy plus strategic collaboration to put policy into practice.

Hold an ecumenical strategy summit on the Middle East at the end of the process, in early in 2008. Participants, content, draft policy and pilot project reports will be based on commitments made during the mobilization visits and preparatory committees.

The context of this activity is local, regional and international.

The core of the activity is the development of a comprehensive WCC policy on the Middle East to guide, integrate and strengthen ecumenical engagement and cooperation in peace-building.

The key tasks are in promoting and organizing a participatory process of strategy formation. It will explore and apply inter-religious, diakonia and other concerns as well as the justice, peace and human security concerns at the heart of church advocacy programmes.

The policy process will depend on EAPPI alumni and partners to provide a variety of people to participate in the development of ecumenical policy for the Middle East. They will bring awareness of the role of policy on the ground and at home; the future of the programme also includes greater advocacy follow-up to the accompaniment experience.

The WCC facilitates collaboration through direct contact of participants in small groups and then convenes key participants in broad ecumenical forums that generate strength and vision to address major challenges in a more united manner.

b) The proposed Jerusalem Ecumenical Centre is designed to provide an ecumenical focal point for global-regional-local engagement for peace in Jerusalem and Palestine. During 2007 it will serve as a natural forum to facilitate local participation in the task of ecumenical policy development for the region.

Partners:

Member Churches in the Middle East

Churches with Middle East focus or advocacy work

Specialized ministries with Middle East focus and advocacy work

REOs

Organizations involved in EAPPI

CROs in Israel-Palestine

Roman Catholic counterpart organizations

Evangelical specialized agencies

P304-02 - One message, many voices

Specific result

In 2007 this activity will result in an increase in joint church-related actions for peace in the Middle East as follows:

New levels of solidarity develop among churches and with communities under occupation.

Christian leadership in the region report that they have been involved in this activity and are encouraged that the greater ecumenical engagement it represents is supportive of a continuing and vital Christian presence there.

Political leaders from key countries and leaders from civil society groups are presented with WCC and ecumenical policy and recommendations based on international law, treaty obligations and WCC positions.

Participants receive information and policy that explain the conflict in terms of human rights, human dignity, and the rule of law.

There is consensus among participants that they have increased their effectiveness in bringing greater leverage on political actors through joint actions.

Ecumenical participants are able to assess the value of multilateral action. The witness for peace in the Middle East is shared with people in non-WCC churches and of other faiths, and expressed in joint actions.

As a result of this activity including related media coverage, non-Christian people in the OPT and elsewhere in the Middle East understand that churches around the world are working on their behalf and working for peace.

Project costs 2007-2009

P304 - Churches and the Middle East : solidarity and witness for peace

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P304-01 - Uniting hearts and minds for peace

121,700

122,000

122,000

P304-02 - One message, many voices

103,325

104,000

104,000

Total implementation costs

225,025

226,000

226,000

Staff and related costs

460,648

460,648

460,648

Total direct costs

685,673

686,648

686,648

Infrastructure costs

138,241

138,241

138,241

Total project costs

823,914

824,889

824,889

P305 - Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

Specific objective

To protect, express solidarity and develop advocacy actions in relationship to the situation in Palestine and Israel.

Links to goals

Direct link: goal 3.1.

Secondary links: The project requires theological grounding (goal 1b); works to overcome violence and pursue justice and reconciliation (3a); fosters accountability between churches (4a); addresses racism against Jews and Arabs (4b); raise challenges of justice and ecology related to water use and oil resource exploitation in the region (4b); engaging with the region is a case study in ecumenical encounter and formation (6b); accompanies churches in situation of conflict (7b).

Description/
background

Within the EAPPI mandate priorities (solidarity, protection and advocacy) the Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) will be placed in around 5 to 6 communities or with local Palestinian and Israeli partner organizations.

Through the reports and work of the EAs and their local partners, the EAPPI program will expose the violence of the occupation and violations of human rights and humanitarian law and advocate for their end. The reports of the EAs will create awareness around the aspirations of the churches and peace groups in the OPT and Israel to the WCC constituency; solicit and encourage more EAPPI partners for advocacy in home countries; provide information to churches in order for them to influence public opinion in their home countries and affect their foreign policy on the Middle East.

EAPPI will facilitate international ecumenical groups and high-level delegations to join EAs for short gatherings and solidarity events; e.g. observing checkpoints, gate watch at the wall, accompanying children to school, etc.

EAPPI will produce WCC/EAPPI publications on particular issues and produce a quarterly magazine covering different themes.

Timing and exit strategy

2007-2009. After the three year cycle the programme will be assessed to evaluate its continuation.

Methodology

The program will send around 100 EAs yearly from different countries to accompany different vulnerable communities in Palestine to protect and show solidarity with them and accompany Israeli peace activists in their endeavour to end the Israeli occupation. The program will co-ordinate and oversee the activities of the Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs), train and orient the EAs, identify and set their placements, ensure the basic needs of all EAs and engage them together with the NCs in advocacy activities upon their return back to their sending countries.

A full time communication and advocacy officer will be responsible for the overall communication of the EAPPI. She/he will edit EA reports written in English and post them on the EAPPI web-site, send selected articles and stories placed to media outlets, write and post a monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine, spread information about the programme, ensure media coverage, write press releases, update and edit EAPPI publications. The EAPPI communication officer will work closely with the team of national co-coordinators from sending countries and/or their designated communicators as well as with the WCC media office.

Relationships plan

Working closely with the national co-coordinators of the sending churches and agencies in different countries. Keeping close contacts with local Palestinian and Israeli partners and widely publicizing their findings and advocating for peace in the region.

List of activities

P305-01 - Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel

  • Accompanying young children facing harassment from settlers to their school.

  • Providing international presence, deterring much of the harassment activities of the settlers.

  • Working and standing in solidarity with the local Christian community through various activities such as women's youth and outreach programmes, as well as working in refugee camps.

  • Dealing with the issue of the wall, by speaking out, monitoring gate opening times, helping people cross the gates, participate in demonstrations and showing support and solidarity with the communities.

  • Partnering with and accompanying organizations in the Israeli Peace movement often marginalized within Israeli society as well as Palestinian organizations based in Jerusalem.

  • Producing articles showing the consequences of the occupation.

  • Advocacy activities (hearings in the UN, meeting with politicians etc.)

  • Human rights abuses are exposed.

  • A larger global advocacy network is established

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs 2007-2009

P305 - Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P305-01 - Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

686,000

686,000

686,000

Total implementation costs

686,000

686,000

686,000

Staff and related costs

281,610

281,610

281,610

Total direct costs

967,610

967,610

967,610

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

1,059,771

1,059,771

1,059,771

P306 - Poverty, wealth and ecology: reflection and action

Specific objective

To engage the churches and ecumenical partners in responding concertedly with alternatives to the scandal of poverty and the impact of economic globalization; by building new synergies between different positions on confronting poverty, wealth and their link to ecology.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 3c.

Secondary links: In its commitment to build on a basic theological and ethical framework it links with goal 1b; in order to hold economy and ecology together it links to goal 4b; in its focus on the contributions of women and youth it links with goal 1c; and with other excluded communities such as Indigenous Peoples and people with disabilities with goal 2c. Additionally, in its commitment to create the space for dialogue it links with goal 4b and with people of other faiths through goal 6a.

Description/ background

Since its inception the WCC has worked on efforts to confront poverty and wealth. It was evident during the WCC 9th Assembly that through economic globalization, the structures of trade and finance increasingly work to create wealth resulting in further widening of the gap between the rich and the poor posing threats to global peace and the earth. Though the most affected are people in the South and particularly targets children, women, youth and Indigenous Peoples and people with disabilities, it has been a concern of all people, in all regions, as its impact is global. The work will address the need for deeper analysis and reflection on this including the relationship between poverty, wealth and ecology in the context of the AGAPE (Alternative to Economic Globalization Addressing Peoples and Earth), that was begun in the period before the 9th Assembly.

However, the Assembly in Porto Alegre demonstrated sharply that there are divergent ways to analyze these realities and to act on them. The WCC has the potential to develop a new paradigm that draws together the synergies between the different positions This is an attempt to bring churches and ecumenical partners from the North, South, East and West together to analyze, reflect and act together on discovering new and creative ways to develop ways on how global wealth can be used to eradicate poverty. Goal 8 of the MDG's which challenges countries to increase resources for meeting the other goals will be addressed while WCC will monitor the lack of real progress in eradicating poverty.

At the same time, it will analyze how both poverty and wealth threaten ecology through unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Ecological debt is one of the issues that will be focused here. While many studies have revealed information on people in poverty, little is known about the rich. The churches will be challenged to develop a "consumption and greed line" alongside the "poverty line" as a guideline for Christians.

Additionally, the WCC will work with ecumenical partners on the AGAPE follow up with the action plan approved at the Assembly: including issues such as just trade; debt cancellation, financial markets, tax evasions public goods and services; livelihoods and decent jobs; life giving agriculture; power and empire.

Timing and exit strategy

2007-2009. The programme of reflection and action will begin in 2007 and is expected to be finished by 2009. After evaluation and assessment a new phase of the work will be developed.

Methodology

A case study and workshop methodology will bring together experiences of churches regionally and globally. Churches will be encouraged to bring to regional workshops, their stories and actions on how they deal with poverty and wealth. Women youth, people with disabilities and Indigenous peoples' perspectives will be brought to these discussions. Each of the regional case studies will be contextual (e.g. in the case of Africa the focus will be on relating poverty and wealth in the context of overcoming poverty—OPA).

There will be internal encounters between churches from different regions WCC so as to develop a common analysis and approach to economic globalization - its roots and in church responses.

Seminars will also be organized at the World Social Forum. The Encounters with the WB/IMF/WCC will involve raising issues of poverty , wealth and ecology through case studies of national experiences.

The persons responsible for economic justice in the churches or those addressing issues of poverty and wealth will be identified so as to form a creative and active network of such persons - they will be part of the information network and in turn they will be requested to disseminate information to their constituencies and offer feedback. A reference group on the project will be formed and encouraged to communicate with other networks. The reference group will include representatives of those working on ecological debt, women, youth, Indigenous People and people with disabilities.

Relationships plan

Relations with the churches and ecumenical networks and social movements will be key to this work. Links will be made to ecumenical bodies and networks such as the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, the World Student Christian Federation, the CWM, ECAG, the Jubilee South Movement and others doing similar work. Working relationships with multilateral organizations (the International Financial Institutions and World Trade Organization).

List of activities

P306-01 - Church Encounters on Economic Globalization : Working with ecumenical networks on actions on issues such as just trade; debt cancellation, financial markets, tax evasions public goods and services; livelihoods and decent jobs; life giving agriculture; power and empire. Expected Results: To have worked with ecumenical networks on the action plans.

P306-02 - Study on Wealth and Ecological Debt : Internal encounters between the churches holding different positions on economic globalization, analyzing poverty, wealth creation and the impact on ecology. Reference groups will be part of the methodology to achieve this. Expected Results: To have contributed to an ecumenical discussion on the roots of economic globalization and developed common strategies to confront poverty and wealth.

P30603 - Accompanying Ecumenical Networks on AGAPE Actions: Commissioning of three regional case studies on wealth, poverty and ecology e.g. on ecological debt will be studied - in order to prepare for a Central Committee discussion and Statement on ecological debt. Expected Results: To work with the churches on a agreed statement of analysis and action on ecological debt. 

2 seminars on related issues (to be defined) at the World Social Forum each year. Expected Results: To have contributed to an ecumenical presence and ethical and theological position on issues related to the above agenda of the WCC.

P306-04 - WCC/WB/IMF Encounter Case Studies: Follow-up on the WCC/WB/IMF encounter cases with a poverty, wealth and ecology focus at the national level. Expected Results: To have studies the impact of policies of the IFI's on a selected number of countries.

The WCC will work cooperatively with ecumenical networks on poverty, wealth and ecology. (EAA, APRODEV -PAG meetings; WSCF, CWM, social movements such as the Jubilee South and the World Social Forum). Expected Results: To have strengthened the WCC's work with other ecumenical networks with similar concerns.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P306 - Poverty, wealth, ecology: reflection and action

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P306-01 - Church encounters on economic globalization

143,300

150,000

150,000

P306-02 - Study on wealth and ecological debt

69,800

80,000

80,000

P306-03 - Accompanying ecumenical networks on AGAPE actions

80,900

60,000

60,000

P306-04 - WCC/World Bank/IMF encounter case studies

9,000

10,000

10,000

Total implementation costs

303,000

300,000

300,000

Staff and related costs

400,648

400,648

400,648

Total direct costs

703,648

700,648

700,648

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

887,970

884,970

884,970

 

P401 - Ecumenical solidarity

Specific objective

To provide expressions of solidarity in response to the expressed needs of WCC's constituency

Links to goals

Direct link: 4a.

Secondary links: The project requires theological grounding (1b), supports both visible unity and witness (2a), supports prophetic witness on critical issues (3b), includes a component of ecumenical formation in the expression of ecumenical solidarity (5a), and seeks to support the churches in their work in inter-religious dialogue and cooperation (6a).

Description/ background

From its inception, the WCC has always held together theological reflection, practical expressions of solidarity to assuage pressing human needs and enabling churches to work together to address the root causes that call for practical solidarity. Ecumenical solidarity thus takes many forms: pastoral visits to churches facing difficult situations, practical expressions of solidarity, working with churches to strengthen their organizational capacities, sharing resources produced by the WCC on accounting and reporting standards as a way of building churches' capacity in this area and providing timely resources to support strategic initiatives. This project aims at promoting practical actions of solidarity which reflect the ecumenical commitment to sharing resources amidst growing poverty, displacement, exclusion etc. The present project builds on past experiences in diaconal work, adapting it to meet new challenges.

This new Ecumenical Solidarity Fund will be developed as a Council-wide instrument to bring together the various funding instruments of the WCC into one coherent fund. Features of the new fund will be clear purpose, transparency, the use of common criteria and consistency in the way in which funds are disbursed to partners in response to special requests. The practical details of the fund are presently being worked out.

Through its work in capacity-building, WCC will seek to strengthen the organizational capacity of churches to respond to particular needs in their contexts. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening churches, national councils of churches and youth groups.

Timing and exit

strategies

This project will begin in 2007. In early 2009, the project will be evaluated and, depending on the findings, refocused in subsequent years as needed. The Ecumenical Solidarity Fund will be evaluated after 3 years to assess its relevance and decisions about its continuation will be taken at that time.

Most of WCC's present work in channelling multilateral solidarity funding will be phased out over the next three years.

In the course of 2007, different organizational models for the Eastern European office will be explored, and then implemented in the following years.

Methodology

As a funding tool, the Ecumenical Solidarity Fund will enable WCC to respond quickly and flexibly to emerging needs of churches and ecumenical partners, with priority given to projects submitted by youth. A system will be set up to provide for clear and transparent criteria, selection processes and monitoring of funds disbursed.

Staff will also work closely with colleagues in Scholarships in order to assure a more consistent approach to capacity-building initiatives, including working toward common criteria, processes and strategies of fund allocation.

Through the work of regionally-based ecumenical enablers, churches and related partners will be able to receive the concrete support they need to more effectively respond to organizational challenges and to the political and ethical issues confronting their societies.

Care will need to be taken in communicating the Ecumenical Solidarity Fund so as not to create unrealistic expectations. Information about funding decisions made will be posted on www.ecuspace.net. The communication of ecumenical solidarity needs to go beyond traditional reports to include human interest stories and photographs.

Relationships plan

Accompanying churches in difficult situations strengthens relationships between the WCC and its members and offers opportunities (through pastoral visits, for example) for relationships between member churches to grow. Providing practical support not only deepens relationships with existing WCC member churches, but offers the opportunity to relate to churches who are less active in the WCC and to widen the constituency. The impact of phasing out of the WCC's work in multilateral solidarity needs to be carefully thought through to minimize damage to relationships.

Capacity-building initiatives will be developed in conjunction with regional, sub-regional and national ecumenical organizations to ensure that they complement other efforts.

As the Ecumenical Solidarity Fund will be a house-wide funding instrument, a staff group drawn from all the programme areas will be named to oversee this project.

List of activities

P401-01 - Ecumenical Solidarity Fund (ESF) : The ESF will bring together existing WCC funding instruments including Ecumenical Theological Education, the Strategic Initiatives Fund, Urban Rural Mission, capacity-building grants, the Special Fund to Combat Racism, support for human rights and other initiatives. Capacity-building of churches and related partners will be carried out through the work of regionally-based ecumenical enablers to provide practical support to churches on organizational and financial issues. The work of the enablers will complement support for particular training initiatives provided. This fund will be a Council-wide initiative with the full participation of staff working in all programme areas. Care will be taken developing criteria and procedures to respect designation of funds for particular activities. Two expected results: First. churches and ecumenical partners will be supported in their work in specific areas and their relationships with the WCC will be strengthened. Secondly, churches and related partners will be better equipped to confront the challenges which they face.

P401-02 - Multilateral solidarity funding: channeling funding as required by participating partners in order to provide needed support for churches and related partners. As the WCC scales down its work of channeling funds to partners, extra efforts will be needed in 2007 and 2008 to help churches and partners find alternative sources of funding and with donors, particularly with small organizations who do not have strong bilateral relationships with funding partners. Expected results: Churches will continue to receive multilateral support for their programmatic work in the immediate future and will be assisted to find alternative sources of funds in the longer term.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P401 - Ecumenical solidarity

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P401-01 - Ecumenical Solidarity Fund

1,200,000

1,200,000

1,200,000

P401-02 - Multilateral solidarity funding

-

-

-

Total implementation costs

1,200,000

1,200,000

1,200,000

Staff and related costs

750,103

750,103

750,103

Total direct costs

1,950,103

1,950,103

1,950,103

Infrastructure costs

276,483

276,483

276,483

Total project costs

2,226,586

2,226,586

2,226,586

 

2007

2008

2009

Multilateral solidarity funding

This amount is separate from the programmes budget. Staff costs are supported by project P401.

1,750,000

1,500,000

1,250,000

P402 - Mutual accountability

Specific objective

To reflect on issues of mutual accountability in the ecumenical movement, with a particular focus on work for justice and diakonia.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 4a.

Secondary links: This project strengthens relationships and mutual accountability between WCC member churches (1a), is theologically grounded (1b), encourages partners to become more just and inclusive communities (2c), engages churches in critical dialogue and common action on the relationship between poverty, wealth and ecology (3c) and contributes to ecumenical formation (5a).

Description/ background

Mutual accountability is a multifaceted concept. On the one hand it is the process by which organisations involved in justice and diakonia where the exchange of ideas and resources is involved, hold each other responsible for their words and their actions, as well as fulfilling commitments made to one another. Mutual accountability extends to ensuring coherence and effectiveness in use of resources pooled together by those in partnership. The concept extend to matters of quality, policy coherence as well as recognizing that policies and actions of those working together have an impact on the effectiveness of resource sharing and outcomes of programme efforts.

There are, therefore, different ways of expressing mutual accountability: ongoing consultations on institutional arrangements for how best to review and evaluate programme efforts, outcomes and impacts, harmonizing procedures to avoid overburdening capacity of implementing partners, demonstrating effective stewardship in a transparent manner and adequate reporting, taking risks together etc.

At its best, mutual accountability is a two way street between those who fund programmes and those who implement programmes. They are accountable to one another in ensuring that programme objectives are achieved cost effectively and lessons learnt are documented for future improvements.

a) This project will address the issue of mutual accountability on two levels: by providing analysis and theological reflection to deepen collective understanding of mutual accountability and by monitoring how accountability is actually practiced in the ecumenical family. Work in this area will complement new initiatives being undertaken in ACT Development and will also contribute to discussions of ecumenism in the 21st century and implementation of the Common Understanding and Vision (CUV) process.

One of the areas where this project will test the concept of mutual accountability is in relation to the work with Roundtables/ecumenical consortia. Presently there are 50+ national and regional Round Tables and consortia that provide opportunities for funding partners and national/regional partners in the East and South to come together to analyze the local or regional situation, and to coordinate and multi-lateral support for ensuing programmatic work. Over time, most of these Round Tables/consortia have moved beyond being mechanisms for coordinating funding of programmatic work to incorporate collective reflection, analysis and advocacy. A good number of these have become autonomous bodies which carry out their work on their own, from which the WCC will withdraw in a planned manner. However, when there are difficulties or when there is a need to create a new Round Table in a particular situation, the WCC is called on to play a more active role, including facilitation, mediation and coordination. It is in such situations that the WCC will ensure issues of mutual accountability are given due attention.

b) The WCC will accompany those deserving Round Tables in which the WCC's unique perspective is needed, In light of existing commitments, the WCC will phase out of channeling financial support for Round Tables in 2007 and will channel funds to Round Tables in 2008 only at the request of funding partners.

c) In the course of 2007, different organizational models for the Eastern European office will be explored and implemented in the 2008-2009 period.

Timing and Exit

Strategy

2007 - 2009 : After 3 years, the WCC's work in reflecting on mutual accountability in justice and diakonia will be reviewed and re-focused as needed. With respect to Round Tables, the WCC will phase out of channelling support to Round Tables, except in cases where there are compelling reasons to do so (e.g. currency restrictions or when a funding partner wants to support a Round Table but does not have the capacity to do so.)

Methodology

Monitoring and assessment of how ecumenical organizations working in the field of justice and diakonia understand accountability will be carried out.

Accompaniment of Round Tables will offer opportunities to both deepen reflection and to monitor issues of accountability.

The annual assessment of mutual accountability in the ecumenical family will be posted on www.ecuspace.net. The study and publications will be widely distributed and will include a "study guide" component as well. Depending on reactions to the initial work on accountability, meetings could be held to disseminate the results.

Relationships plan

Relationships with and between ecumenical partners working in diakonia and justice will be strengthened as a result of this project. This project will also complement and feed into the activities of ACT Development and to the specialized ministries.

List of activities

P402-01 - Consultations, monitoring and mediation between partners : In the first year it will involve a wide range of partners, including specialized ministries for development, mission agencies, local churches and related partners on the issue of mutual accountability. Expected results: A good understanding on how mutual accountability is understood and practiced within the ecumenical movement and how the needs of the communities serves remains the core motivating force.

P402-02 - Accompaniment, mediation and facilitation of Round Tables and consortia as needed in order to ensure that they function effectively. Expected results: Round Tables facing particular difficulties will be supported by WCC.

P402-03 Facilitation of the work of ACT Development and ACT International and ensuring the WCC's relationships with ACT International in order to ensure the coherence of the work. Expected results: Relationships with the churches between the WCC and both ACT Development and ACT International with will be strengthened and the coherence of the ecumenical family will be enhanced.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P402 - Mutual accountability

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P402-01 - Mediating accountability among partners

26,500

60,000

30,000

P402-02 - Accompaniment and mediation of round tables

331,200

332,000

332,000

P402-03 - Facilitation of ACT Development and ACT International

5,000

10,000

5,000

Total implementation costs

362,700

402,000

367,000

Staff and related costs

390,103

390,103

390,103

Total direct costs

752,803

792,103

757,103

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

937,125

976,425

941,425

P403 - Migration and social justice

Specific objective

To strengthen the engagement of churches and their partners with migration within a framework of transformative justice.

Links to goals

Direct link: 4a.

Secondary links: his project strengthens relations between partners (1a), is theologically grounded (1b), encourages heightened understanding of the changing ecclesial landscape (2a), fosters appreciation for different forms of spirituality (2b), deepens understandings of the links between migration and racism (2c), provides an opportunity for prophetic witness on a critical issue(3a), strengthens ecumenical formation (5a), and offers opportunities to strengthen inter-faith reflection and action (6a, 6b).

Description/background

This project explores the connections between migration and its effects on the changing ecclesial landscape, with a particular focus on the ecclesial challenge of developing ways of "being church together." While migration has always been a fact of life, in today's globalized world, migration raises new economic, political, cultural and ecclesial concerns. There are new forms of migration, including trafficking and development-induced displacement, which threaten the human dignity of millions of people. Xenophobia is increasing.

Migration in a globalized world is a cross-cutting issue which raises questions about inter-faith relations, identity, justice, racism, advocacy and diakonia. This project seeks to engage and challenge the churches in their work with migrants, including refugees, internally displaced people and victims of trafficking. As the connections between xenophobia and racism are particularly strong, emphasis will be placed on understanding new migration phenomena in a framework of transformative justice which grew out of the WCC's work on overcoming racism.

Timing and Exit Strategy

Start and end within 2007-2009. This project will be evaluated in 2009 and, depending on the findings, either continue, continue in a new form, or come to an end.

Methodology

The different methodologies of this project - accompaniment, networking, advocacy, study and consultations - are integrally linked and serve both aspects of this project. The WCC's work in this area will focus on activities which it is uniquely placed to carry out and on strengthening partnerships with others who are working in related areas.

Accompanying the churches in their work with migration and racism will identify opportunities for networking and advocacy. By networking - bringing together ecumenical partners to collectively analyze the situation in their regions - advocacy strategies can be developed and implemented in the regions. Bringing together ecumenical partners to collectively analyse the situation in their regions and to develop advocacy strategies, on both migration and racism, will allow for the development of a global advocacy strategy relating to the churches as well as other organizations. It will allow the Global Ecumenical Network on Migration (GEN) to advocate more actively with inter-governmental bodies addressing migration and racism. The GEN, in 2007, will include participants from the Racial Justice, Multicultural Ministries and youth networks in order to explore together how they might collaborate in the future.

Regarding migration, the project will continue the present practice of using e-mail to exchange information within the network and of having staff attending UN meetings on migrants or refugees to share brief reports of these meetings with the networks.

The project will develop a communication plan which builds on communication possibilities within related programme areas. For example, articles and reports on migration and racism. would be appropriate for distribution to networks working on inter-faith dialogue, youth and economic justice.

A specific communication plan will be sought with regards to the organizing of public hearings to promote visibility of the issue being highlighted as well as the testimonies of eminent persons and groups invited to testify.

Relationships plan

This project will work closely with several of the programme areas as the issues are cross-cutting. An ad hoc staff group on migration will meet at least twice a year to review plans and activities. The project will seek to involve a wider number of churches in advocacy on migration issues. All work in the regions will be carried out in close collaboration with the regional ecumenical organisations. The project will build on the WCC's experience and credibility by continuing to actively engage with global inter-governmental bodies and with migrants and refugees themselves. The project breaks new ground by deliberately bringing together ecumenical networks on migration, racism and multicultural ministries.

List of activities

P403-01 - Regional networking of churches and groups on migration : Accompaniment of churches and related groups in their efforts to engage with migration and to overcome racism and xenophobia and to promote the rights of migrants. Expected results: Churches will become more engaged and more effective in their work with migration issues.

Support for networking of churches and groups working in the areas of migration including regional meetings on migration, organized jointly with regional ecumenical organizations. Expected results: Churches and partners working with migrants who often feel isolated will learn from one another and will draw mutual support from participating in a network of organizations facing similar challenges.

P403-02 - Support for a Global Ecumenical Network (GEN) on Migration and regional networks as needed in order to analyse the situation and to formulate and implement advocacy strategies. In 2007, the GEN will include participants from the Racial Justice, Multicultural Ministries and youth networks in order to explore together how they might collaborate in the future. Expected results: The WCC and church-related organizations will have an increased impact on global policy discussions and new synergies will be created by bringing together people working in related networks.

P403-03 - Changing Ecclesial Context: Public Hearings on Migration Issues, organized in different regions, leading to a major consultation in 2008 on Migration and the Changing Ecclesial Landscape. The hearings in preparation of the consultation will highlight the increasing and important role of migrants in the countries they move to and the impact this has on the churches. Multi-cultural identities contribute to the life of societies. This activity will address ethical issues around new forms of migration and will emphasize the political economy of migration and its inter-connections with racism and xenophobia. Expected results: Greater awareness within churches and societies about the impact migration has on the churches.

P403-04 - Advocacy on Migration with UN and other inter-governmental bodies on migration in order to bring about more just policies. Expected results: International policies affecting the lives of migrants will become more just and humane.

In addition, the WCC will challenge partners to work together in creative ways on issues such as trafficking and the impact of migrants' remittances on their home societies.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P403 - Migration and social justice

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P403-01 - Regional networks on migration

81,177

82,000

82,000

P403-02 - Global Ecumenical Network on migration

49,500

50,000

50,000

P403-03 - Changing ecclesial context: impact of migration

76,500

90,000

45,000

P403-04 - Advocacy on migration

18,000

9,000

9,000

Total implementation costs

225,177

231,000

186,000

Staff and related costs

270,103

270,103

270,103

Total direct costs

495,280

501,103

456,103

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

587,441

593,264

548,264

P404 - Faith, science and technology

Specific objective

To foster cooperation among churches and ecumenical organizations on issues of faith, science and technology.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 4b.

Secondary links: Given the nature of this work it has implications for potentially church dividing issues (2.a), the involvement of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute (5.c) and inter-faith cooperation (6.a) and with spiritual dimensions (2.b)

Description/ background

From genetically modified seeds to the harvesting of eggs for genetic and stem-cell research or to bionic legs and artificial intelligence: new emerging technologies affect the lives of peoples in many places around the world. Some of the new challenges encountered threaten to divide churches and call into question deeply rooted faith convictions.

This project concentrates on the establishment of a space and network for the churches to engage with each other on the challenges of new technologies to life. This includes opportunities for ecumenical reflection and advocacy on the issues at stake for people and the future of life on the earth.

The focus will be on the use and misuse of science and new technologies, e.g. bio-technologies and information, energy, and surveillance technologies. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

The work will build on previous achievements by the former WCC department on Church and Society, notably the 1979 Conference on Faith, Science and the Future at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT, Cambridge/Mass., USA).

Timing and Exit Strategy

The project will start in co-operation with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the Canadian Council of Churches with preparations for the global consultation that is sponsored by these two bodies together with the WCC. It will end in 2009 with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1979 MIT Conference that will give an opportunity to demonstrate the progress made in terms of networking, analysis and advocacy by the churches together on these issues.

The evaluation of this second phase will guide the decisions concerning the implementation of the third phase through a functioning network.

Methodology

The methodology proposed is to bring together representatives of churches and ecumenical organizations working on these issues with ethicists, scientists, and some engaged in the technologies to contribute to the exchange, dialogue and networking between churches and ecumenical partners involved.

The WCC is challenged to produce accessible information on new developments in technologies that can be used by the churches in their further discussions.

Seminars will bring together the churches and experts in Christian ethics, scientists, and business interests. Responses by the churches to the Faith & Order study document on Christian anthropology will be analyzed by the project as it is of crucial importance to the churches' reflection on human life in the framework of manipulation of life by new technologies.

The WCC has worked with a database of information and recognizes the value of an inter-active webpage and electronic newsletter that will be an invitation to youth to participate in the discussions and provides a tool of communication among those working together. Youth will be invited through these tools to reflect on the themes of the seminars to be organised in partnership with the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and will include a significant number of young people. Contributions to and results of seminars will be made available on the webpage and through simple booklets and fact-sheets in various languages.

Relationships plan

Working in close co-operation with selected National Councils of Churches, specialized departments of the churches and the World Association of Christian Communications (WACC) in the establishment of an ecumenical space to engage with each other on the emerging challenges of new technologies to life.

Building on the existing competence and previous involvement in inter-religious conferences on related topics, the preparations for the global consultation include identification of and communication with staff or representatives of churches and ecumenical organizations who are working on issues of faith, science and technology, but also from other faith communities in all regions. The Canadian Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the Conference of European Churches are ready for cooperation. Some other regional ecumenical organisations (e.g. the Middle East Council of Churches, Christian Conference of Asia, Latin American Council of Churches, Conference of European Churches) and National Councils of Churches (South Africa Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in Tonga) were involved in previous work and will continue in this work again, and key research institutions such as the Hellenic Centre for Bioethics.

List of activities

P40401 - Churches voice on bioethics and emerging technologies

This activity includes a series of consultations in combination with the ongoing sharing of information, exchange and advocacy and web-based training initiative:

a) The WCC will organize a Global Consultation in partnership with the Canadian Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches in Christ, USA. Expected Results: a communication platform of concerned people, churches and ecumenical partners to continue the discussions as the first steps towards a network.

In 2008, the process will continue with a seminar at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey with focus on theologians and ethicists from various faith traditions in dialogue with scientists and those who are engaged in the new technologies. Expected results: previous work on nanotechnology was updated and an assessment of surveillance technologies was made available to churches and ecumenical partners.

The WCC will organize in 2009 an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Conference on Faith, Science and the Future (MIT Conference) as a culminating event for this phase of work. Expected results: the outcomes of this second phase of work were summarized and presented to the wider public, underlining that the churches move together towards a common voice and action.

b) Ongoing facilitation of information sharing, exchange and advocacy and an inter-active web-based training initiative on bioethics for churches. Expected result: churches have improved and increased their co-operation and a greater number of better qualified and articulate persons to address issues of bioethics is involved in the work.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P404 - Faith, science and technology

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P404-01 - Churches' voice on bioethics and new technologies

63,000

78,000

105,000

Total implementation costs

63,000

85,000

105,000

Staff and related costs

150,103

150,103

150,103

Total direct costs

213,103

235,103

255,103

Infrastructure costs

46,080

46,080

46,080

Total project costs

259,183

281,183

301,183

P405 - Climate change and water: caring for creation

Specific objective

To strengthen the role of churches, ecumenical organizations and ecumenical networks in advocacy on climate change and water.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 4b

Secondary links: Concerning the ecological dimension of economic justice (3.6) and interfaith cooperation (6.1)

Description/ background

Climate change affects people all around the world, but violent storms, droughts, floods and rising sea level have especially devastating consequences on poor and thus more vulnerable communities. Climate change also aggravates the water crisis that is felt more and more in many places around the world. This situation requires a response that has to go far beyond the targets of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

The WCC will hold together in dialogue the concerns for climate change and water, thus emphasizing the links between ecological and social concerns, emergencies and development, global threats and local experiences, local engagement and national and international advocacy. The WCC will build on the positive experience with decentralized staff in this area of work and the readiness of other partners to contribute in significant ways to the programme through their own means at appropriate occasions.

The new Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) has profited from the experience of partners working on climate change, but will continue to involve in a more active way specialized ministries and regional ecumenical organizations in work focusing on the right to water and community based initiatives.

A new emphasis will be given to a study on energy supply and production with links drawn to security concerns as churches in the Pacific have emphasized both the threat of rising sea levels and nuclear testing in their region.

Timing and Exit Strategy

Work on climate change will be evaluated and gradually handed over to partners active on the issues at stake. The study on energy will be finalized by 2009.

The EWN is in the process of determining its own policy and operational framework. This process should be completed by the end of 2006 so that the network is fully functional in 2007. An interim evaluation in 2009 will be necessary to determine the future course of the Ecumenical Water Network and reassess its goals and objectives, mode of operation and activities.

Methodology

For the focus on climate change, the WCC will work in a de-centralized manner in collaboration with member churches and networks. The WCC will participate in public campaigns with social movements and in appropriate UN bodies.

A study in the field of energy supply and production including the link to security concerns together with network partners.

For the Ecumenical Water Network, the WCC will supervise staff of the network (who are not included in the WCC budget), accompany regional processes and engage in advocacy for the right to water. Youth will be engaged with church representatives, scientists, artists and activists to explore the sacred and life-giving dimensions of water.

Work towards a common statement on climate change and water, with people of other faiths.

Climate change: regular electronic updates (newsletter); 2007-2009 contributions to public campaign with other partners (to be clarified with them); 2007-2009 updates on the energy study and final publication.

Ecumenical Water Network: regular electronic newsletter; sharing of information produced by network partners; updating of WCC "Water Bible".

As the work progresses a more effective division of labour in carrying forward these activities will be developed.

Relationships plan

Giving special attention to relationships with Evangelicals and people of other faiths in working towards an inter-faith statement on climate change and the care for the vital resources of life. A working group carrying forward the work on climate change and the core group of the EWN include representatives of relevant partners; specific activities will involve representatives of regional and national ecumenical organizations as appropriate.

List of activities

P40501 - Public campaign on climate change: The WCC will participate with other networks in a public campaign to strengthen the post-Kyoto mandate of states to control the impact of global warming through setting emission targets and processes to achieve them. This includes yearly participation in appropriate UN bodies and the facilitation of dialogues towards an inter-faith statement on water and climate change. Expected results: Climate change negotiations will focus on more ambitious reduction targets for greenhouse-gas emissions and processes to achieve them.

P4050 2 - Energy Study : The WCC will facilitate and produce a study on energy supply through a working group. Expected result: The WCC will have made available reliable, accurate data concerning energy supply and consumption and has presented an assessment of the related ecological, economic, social and political challenges.

P40503 - Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) :

a) The WCC will participate in organizing two yearly regional meetings and will facilitate 2 yearly Core Group meetings of the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN). Expected results: Increased participation in the network, better regional and inter-regional co-operation with the aim to have greater impact.

b) The WCC will organize a yearly summer-school on water bringing together young people with church representatives, scientists, artists and activists. As an initiative that contributes also to ecumenical formation, the first summer school will take place in Geneva at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. Building on this experience, the venue for the summer school will shift to other regions, involving new participants. Expected results: Greater participation of youth and a successful way to communicate the sacred, aesthetic and ethical dimensions of water and related concerns.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P405 - Climate change and water: caring for creation

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P405-01 - Public campaign on climate change

81,000

90,000

90,000

P405-02 - Energy study

22,500

25,000

30,000

P405-03 - Ecumenical Water Network (EWN)

58,500

70,000

70,000

Total implementation costs

162,000

185,000

190,000

Staff and related costs

150,103

150,103

150,103

Total direct costs

312,103

335,103

340,103

Infrastructure costs

46,080

46,080

46,080

Total project costs

358,183

381,183

386,183

P406 - Health and healing

Specific objective

To support the churches' work in the field of health and healing, with particular emphasis on HIV and mental health.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 4c

Secondary links: This project is theologically grounded (1a), strengthens witness and unity of the churches (2a), provides a means of sharing spiritual resources (2b), encourages churches to become more inclusive communities (2c), provides a means for churches to actively work together to overcome violence (3a), strengthens human dignity (3b), fosters the churches' working together for transformation (4a), and strengthens possibilities for inter-faith dialogue and action (6a).

Description/ background

WCC's work in the area of health and healing will focus on activities which it is uniquely placed to carry out.

a) WCC's long-standing relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a unique opportunity for WCC to facilitate networking and advocacy on behalf of a number of health-related networks: church-related, issue-specific networks such as the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network; civil society-related networks working with health and international organizations such as the WHO, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNAIDS. The WCC will enable participation of church-related networks in official WHO meetings and will channel input from church-related networks to the World Health Assembly. This is also a critical role of civil society in influencing the global governance of resources to bring about health for all. The dialogue and discussion that is facilitated at the international arena among faith based networks, civil society and the international organizations will contribute to the reflection the theological basis of medical mission as well as in developing new concepts of Christian health care.

b) While many organizations are working on HIV, WCC's particular focus will be on enhancing the competency of churches and related networks in dealing with HIV in discernable and tangible manner and in encouraging theological reflections on HIV through regionally-based study processes. Selected theological reflections will be incorporated into the work of the new Global Platform for Theological Reflection and Analysis. The response of churches in working for children in the context of HIV will be addressed specifically. WCC will also empower churches in assessing and developing their competence to respond to HIV. The project would also challenge churches to be more intentional in including persons living with HIV in the life of their churches. Additionally the WCC will facilitate the Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA.)

c) There is growing awareness of the need for churches to more intentionally engage in the field of mental health, including issues of addiction, suicide and depression. The WHO has explicitly drawn a link between interpersonal violence and health. The WCC will partner with the WHO in spearheading an initiative to equip faith communities in order to broaden their engagement with mental health and particularly to address the pastoral concerns facing those caring for people with mental health problems.

Timing

2007 - 2009 and to extend, if necessary, with modifications and changes as per evaluation, until 2012.

Exit strategy

Presently while there is a paucity of possibilities for grassroots and civil societies to collaborate with WHO, WCC has privileged access. However, WCC will work with other civil society to encourage WHO to open up its processes, other groups will be able to assume greater responsibilities in partnership with WHO.

The specificity of interventions in the field of HIV and the system of empowering member churches and organizations will be designed to bring closure to activities. It will also build on the capacity of members to carry forward and build on the deliverables.

The mental health activities have also an outcome that will facilitate churches to push ahead the boundaries of engagement in the field. The activity will be designed to motivate regional working groups that are owned by the constituencies to follow up the experiences of churches' interventions with mental health.

Methodology

Facilitating delegations to international/focal issue platforms and organizing workshops and hearings at these events.

In the area of HIV, the methodologies will include studies, conferences and meetings, and exposure visits/"living letters".

Regional consultative processes, guided by experts in mental health, and a participatory methodology will be used to develop contextual resources and a toolkit for faith communities on engaging with mental health.

The bimonthly "Contact for Health", an electronic newsletter targeting a wide spectrum of stakeholders (5000) and the three issues of printed Contact magazine (10,000 copies in 3 languages, which specifically target resource-poor regions) will be the specific tools of communication of the health work. There will also be articles and features in related organizational magazines and web-sites.

The key events related to health each year such as the World Health day and the World AIDS day will be platforms which the project will utilise. The project will also act as a channel for sharing key information from different facets of the healing ministry. This would be assisted by concise reporting, where synthesis of complex issues will be produced by the respective networks for the easy uptake by different audiences.

Relationships plan

Critical stake-holders for the project are the various health related networks that come under the 3 rubrics: church-related and issue-specific health networks; civil society related networks which deal with health issues; and international organizations dealing with health.

In addition to relating to these specific networks, initiatives will be taken to raise health issues in meetings of churches and ecumenical partners and to put health-related networks in direct contact with the broader church constituency.

List of activities

P406-01 - People's voices in health

Channeling appropriate representation and interests to various advisory processes to WHO's specific work and the World Health Assembly. The activity will also facilitate the dialogue on the holistic understanding of healing among faith-based communities and civil society. This activity will also entail the publishing of "Contact" magazine and utilizing the web-based "Contact for Health" newsletter and discussion forum.

Expected results: Churches and their related organizations will have an impact on international health policies. Greater self understanding of holistic concepts of healing. They will also receive more information to increasing their learning about the various facets of the healing ministry.

P406-02 - HIV-competent church

Focused dialogue and discussions and sharing in 3 regions on specific issues related to HIV each year, with a strong theological basis. For the first 2 years, the focus will be on children. A collection of lessons learnt and action of churches on that issue will be compiled, published in different forms and disseminated, in partnership with UNICEF and UNAIDS. The wider concept of competencies of churches in dealing with the various facets of HIV will also be addressed. This will also entail the development of self-assessment tools and peer review mechanisms for measuring competencies of churches in dealing with HIV.

Expected results: Churches will become more competent in responding to HIV. Theological reflection on HIV will under gird the work of ecumenical partners on HIV. Regional networks of churches and related organisations strengthened in their responses to HIV and children.

P406-03 - Mental health & faith communities

Three regional consultations on mental health will intentionally broaden engagement of mental health-related professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and social workers) with theologians, clergy and laity in three regions: Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East (connecting and bringing resources from other regions as appropriate). Based on these consultations with the constituency, a plan for programmatic work will be developed. Expected results: The WCC will have a clear understanding of the needs and expectations of its constituency regarding mental health.

Develop tailored information regarding mental health and its interface with the faith communities and the development of a tool kit (with WHO) for faith communities aimed at increasing competencies and skills to deal with mental health. Expected results: Churches and related organizations will become more aware and more competent in addressing mental health issues.

Monitoring & Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P406 - Health and healing

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P406-01 - People's voices in health

60,000

60,000

60,000

P406-02 - HIV-competent church

140,000

120,000

120,000

P406-03 - Mental health and faith communities

110,000

90,000

90,000

Total implementation costs

310,000

270,000

270,000

Staff and related costs

270,103

270,103

270,103

Total direct costs

580,103

540,103

540,103

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

672,264

632,264

632,264

P407 - Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)

Specific objective

To strengthen the African churches' ministry with HIV in all its aspects

Links to goals

Direct links: Goals 4a and 4c

Secondary links: This project is theologically grounded (1a), strengthens witness and unity of the churches (2a), provides a means of sharing spiritual resources (2b), encourages churches to become more inclusive communities (2c), provides a means for churches to actively work together to overcome violence (3a), strengthens human dignity (3b), fosters the churches' working together for transformation (4a), and strengthens possibilities for inter-faith dialogue and action (6a).

Description/background

Churches in Africa, rooted in communities, are influential institutions with the potential to be a force for transformation - bringing healing, hope and accompaniment to all people affected by HIV. They have also tremendous lessons to teach the rest of the world from their struggles to overcome HIV.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has sought to address the root causes and impact of HIV since the 1980s. In November 2001 churches and ecumenical bodies in the Africa region, a group of ecumenical agencies and churches in the North and WCC put together a "Plan of Action". EHAIA was launched in 2002 to assist churches in Africa to implement this plan. It is designed to accompany churches in Africa to access information, training, networks and the resource mobilization needed to help deal with AIDS in their communities. EHAIA brings an ecumenical dimension to the churches' care, education and counseling programs. EHAIA strives to assist churches and related organizations to achieve professional levels of efficiency, coordination, capacity building and communication in all HIV related activities. In its first four years EHAIA reached about 9000 participants through HIV related meetings lasting one to five days. Conference reports often tell moving stories of insights gained and emotional turnarounds of churches and individuals in their attitude to sero-positive persons.

From an ecumenical initiative EHAIA will become a project in 2007, thereby maintaining its mechanisms of governance which make it accountable both to the WCC and to the sub-regions it serves. The Project Manager and Assistant ensure the overall coherence of the EHAIA objectives with the ecumenical goals. An international reference group provides technical and policy guidelines to the work. It is comprised of HIV experts from the churches and ecumenical bodies in Africa, specialised ministries, sero-positive leaders, and technical experts. Both the Pre-Assembly evaluation of WCC and the Mid-Term assessment of EHAIA clearly indicated the added value of this ecumenical response. EHAIA also serves as a model for new ways of working within the ecumenical movement.

Timing and exit strategy

From 2005 EHAIA has gone into the 2nd three-year cycle which will end in 2007. In early 2007 the Initiative will also be evaluated. EHAIA is designed in such a way as to be as regionally independent as possible. The governance and accountability of the project are both to WCC and to the sub-regions (through the regional and international reference groups). Although already firmly rooted in local realities and constituencies ecumenical repositioning will require careful negotiations with all partners in Africa.

Methodology

There are 5 regional offices from which regional consultants operate with the guidance of regional reference groups. There are also 2 theological consultants who take the lead on development and promotion of the theological response.

Specific methodologies include conducting workshops, training programmes, and supporting delegations to regional/ focal issue platforms who are representative of WCC churches and related organizations and able to communicate/learn in areas of competence and focus.

The materials developed will be printed and distributed in the respective regions. The resources will also be promptly made available on the web. Appropriate translations will ensure wider accessibility of the resources. A concerted effort will also be made to make the church related communicators aware of the developments. The project will also strategically attempt to recruit high profile religious leaders to give voice to the issue in a sound and inclusive manner. The project will co-operate closely with the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) in order to maximize the reach of the resource material produced. The EHAIA news letter, which is electronically shared with stake holders in 3 languages, will be an important tool to keep churches informed of the work.

Relationships plan

The initiative has a special role to bring together churches and related organizations, networks of people living with HIV, and specialised organisations working on HIV. The emphasis is on the quality of the relationship to develop a culture of inter- dependence, working together and valuing each other to overcome HIV.

Critical stake holders include - the All Africa Conference of Churches and other umbrella organisations of churches, the sub-regional fellowships, the National Councils of Churches, Churches themselves as well as associations of people living with HIV.

EHAIA will also collaborate with global institutions such as: Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF)'International Aids Society (IAS), and the Global Network of People Living with HIV & AIDS (GNP+)

List of activities

P407-01 - EHAIA

Detailed annual programming includes approximately 140 activities to produce the results towards EHAIA objectives. These activities are of three types:

  • Consultations, workshops, training, presentations for all categories of church leaders from bishops to youth, almost always involving PLWHA. Expected results: Greater awareness and effectiveness of churches in responding to HIV in their communities.

  • Tailor-made advice/service following specific church requests, e.g. HIV church policy development, pastor training, or project planning support. Expected results: Churches in Africa will be supported to develop more effective policies and practices related to HIV

  • Print and other publications produced by WCC or in the regions to fill perceived gaps of resources based on Christian values. Expected results: Churches and related partners will receive the resources they need to develop more effective responses.

Monitoring & Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P407 - Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P407-01 - Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa

1,637,736

1,640,000

1,640,000

Total implementation costs

1,637,736

1,640,000

1,640,000

Staff and related costs

270,103

270,103

270,103

Total direct costs

1,907,839

1,910,103

1,910,103

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

2,000,000

2,002,264

2,002,264

 

P501 - Ecumenical Institute, Bossey

Specific objective

To provide seminar programmes and graduate level education in Ecumenical Studies for young leaders from WCC member and other churches.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 2b

Secondary links: With other goals of the WCC dependent on joint projects.

Description/ background

Through its worship, community life and formal study, Bossey offers a unique experience of ecumenical formation in its academic programmes and seminars. As a laboratory for the ecumenical movement, Bossey is able to create spaces for the exploration of challenging issues in the ecumenical movement. Bossey aims to offer access to all who can benefit from participating.

Timing

The Institute follows an ongoing yearly academic cycle for its graduate level education. The seminars also follow an ongoing rhythm being organized according to emerging needs and challenging issues.

Exit strategy

This is an ongoing project of the WCC.

Methodology

Bossey uses academic study, personal encounter and its spiritual life to develop ecumenical vision, attitudes and understanding.

A holistic, communal approach to learning is used.

Following the assembly, intentional efforts will be made to include marginalized people in each programme offered and ensure the participation of evangelicals and Pentecostals.

The Institute publishes a newsletter ("Beyond Boundaries"), distributes widely a brochure with its programmes (in four languages), plans the publication of a scientific review, and maintains its own website.

Relationships plan

Strengthening relationships with member churches and non-member churches; building and maintaining a network of Bossey alumni and friends; relating to ecumenical institutes and theological faculties; strengthening ecumenical relations through seconded professors (PCPCU; CWM; CEVAA; UEM; GBGM UMC; and Disciples)

List of activities

P503-01 - Academic courses : Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies (October-February for up to 30 students) for study, research and community life, intended primarily for young theologians and pastors as well as students from other disciplines with a suitable level of theological literacy.

Master of Ecumenical Studies degree programme (October-June for up to 15 students) for students who wish to specialize in ecumenics beyond one semester and to be involved in examining church history and contemporary theological disciplines from an ecumenical perspective towards a masters degree.

Ph.D. in Ecumenics degree programme (maximum five years for up to three students annually) for students who wish to engage in doctoral studies in Ecumenics.

P503-02 - Bossey seminars and encounters : Seminar programme 5 seminars per year on specific themes (egg eco-theology, ecumenical spirituality) in co-operation with the staff of the WCC and/or other ecumenical organizations that are involved in ecumenical learning and are committed to the formation, discussion and deepening of ecumenical reflection of lay persons and the wider academic community.

P503-03 - Building an interfaith community: this is a 4-week residential inter-faith programme for 25-35 young people of different faiths on critical issues. It uses the Bossey model of formation in an inter-faith context. The mutual learning will be based on living in community. There will be visits to local faith communities and a lecture and seminar programme. A web-based community will be created as preparation and follow up. For each annual programme there will be an organizing committee with Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives who will be responsible for the recruitment and invitation process, organization of travel and visas, organization of visits to local communities, speakers, daily accompaniment during the programme and follow up strategy. Muslim participants will be supported by the Muslim community. Intentional links with be made with Youth and Building a Culture of Peace, the project in inter religious cooperation and dialogue.

P503-04 - Academic accreditation and access: students who demonstrate their academic ability in the Graduate School may be still denied access to the Masters degree because their existing academic qualifications are not recognized by the University of Geneva. This needs to be addressed with churches and their institutions to gain recognised accreditation and with validating bodies. Research will be continued into the situation in different regions and into different accreditation/validation requirements. A strategy for engagement with churches and academic institutions will be drawn up and implemented. A WCC staff group should be established to work on research, strategic thinking and communicate with academic and theological institutions. This may include or consult with governing body members and those with expertise in this area. Senior management should be available for specific meetings with institutional leadership as needed.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all project

Project costs 2007-2009

P501 - Ecumenical Institute, Bossey

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P501-01 - Academic courses

818,316

818,000

818,000

P501-02 - Bossey seminars and encounters

230,871

231,000

231,000

P501-03 - Building an interfaith community

143,040

143,000

143,000

P501-04 - Academic accreditation and access

5,000

5,000

5,000

Total implementation costs

1,197,227

1,197,000

1,197,000

Staff and related costs

600,000

600,000

600,000

Total direct costs

1,797,227

1,797,000

1,797,000

Infrastructure costs

230,402

230,402

230,402

Total project costs

2,027,630

2,027,402

2,027,402

 

 

 

Bossey operations and hotel costs

1,985,012

1,985,012

1,985,012

Total costs for Bossey

4,012,641

4,012,414

4,012,414

P502 - Enabling ecumenical and faith formation

Specific objective

To bring together educators and practitioners to strengthen ecumenical and faith formation and to offer opportunities for ecumenical formation.

Links to goals

Direct link: 5a

Secondary links: Ecumenical and faith formation will work towards visible church unity and being a fellowship of churches (1a) and in processes of theological reflection (1b). Scholarships involve strengthening capacity (4a)

Description/background

The project is based around three inter-related and strategic approaches to ecumenical and faith formation: the development of a network of practitioners; seminars/workshop and exchanges; and granting scholarships - all three of these activities belong together and are supportive of each other.

Existing relationships with many educational networks (church related and beyond) will be used to strengthen a clear and dedicated network focus on ecumenical and faith formation. This will enable the ecumenical movement to draw on the creative experience and research of those engaged in formation for all ages. It will involve churches, theological institutions, laity centres and ecumenical institutes, i.e. Bossey. The network will the instrument to base the development of ecumenical and faith formation in the constituency with the WCC secretariat having a role of stimulation, coordination and dissemination.

The project will also offer ecumenical formation opportunities. It is a feature of the present reality that many of those who hold key positions, or are preparing to do so, within churches and organizations (including the WCC) have had limited opportunities for ecumenical experience and knowledge. Seminars, workshops and longer events such as ‘Bossey-by-extension' will be held in significant locations and institutions to multiply the experience of effective approaches and to offer examples of good practice that can then be modeled in that situation in the future.

Awarding scholarships for individuals and groups will continue to enable the development of human resource capacity and institutional capacity in and through ecumenical formation.

Timing and Exit strategy

In the period 2007-2009, the field of ecumenical and faith formation will be mapped and those undertaking significant work in ecumenical and faith formation will be identified and drawn into a committed network relationship. This form of networking will be evaluated at the end 2009 to inform an ongoing strategy.

An annual pattern of workshops/seminars will be established and reviewed in 2009

Scholarships is an ongoing activity.

Methodology

The following methodologies will be employed:

  • Building a committed network of practitioners in ecumenical and faith formation;

  • Forming relationships of shared practice between individuals and institutions;

  • Research in the theological pedagogy of formation;

  • Development and dissemination of models, methodologies and resources;

  • Participatory workshops and seminars;

  • Awarding scholarships for individuals and groups or project.

Networks of interest will be used to disseminate information about the project.

Participant in the network will use a dedicated website for their own electronic communication and sharing research and experience.

A journal produced by the WCC on ecumenical and faith formation will be made available to libraries of churches and theological institutions.

Relationships plan

Relationships will be strengthened with a network of departments of Christian education and/or ecumenical formation of member churches. Additionally there will be cooperation with specialised ministries in the formation of staff.

List of activities

P50101 Network of practitioners: the development of a network of practice in ecumenical and faith formation. This will relate individuals and institutions in a commitment to collaborate in sharing expertise and knowledge and in action research. The process will be assisted by regional consultants (see also 5.2).

Expected results:

  • A mapping of formation activities across the ecumenical movement and identification of good practice;

  • Sharing experience of and action-research on ecumenical and faith formation;

  • Ecumenical formation methodologies and curricula (see also 5.2) in formally established ecumenical institutions, ecumenical federations and partnerships drawing on the experience of Bossey;

  • Inclusive models of ecumenical faith formation in churches for all ages and through lifelong learning;

  • Appropriate and contextual resources.

P50102 - Ecumenical Formation Encounters : seminars/workshops and exchanges.

These will be participatory opportunities based on participants' own experience, encouraging participants to be active learners. They will include:

  • South to south exchanges and seminars on ecumenical and faith formation for theological educators, lay training facilitators and leaders of associations and networks and people involved in Christian nurture and education in the congregations; e.g., Sunday school teachers.

  • Ecumenical formation in Geneva for key personnel. This activity will offer: an annual seminar for staff of ecumenical partners; sessions for governing body members and stewards which will depend to the schedule of meetings; ecumenical formation sessions in the context of an integrated induction and orientation programmes for new staff and interns, held as required, organized by the WCC Human Resources together with ongoing opportunities for learning about and reflecting on ecumenism.

  • A process of ecumenical formation for the members of governing and consultative bodies of the WCC, generating their motivation and vision (cf. also activities in projects 1.2 and 5.3).

  • Ecumenical Formation by Extension. This activity will offer in different locations: Bossey by extension - through a month-long experience of worship, community and study; Ecumenical and faith formation seminars/workshops for faculty and students of strategically selected theological institutions.

Expected results: The results of these workshops for individuals and institutions will be an increased understanding of and engagement with ecumenism. Members of governing and consultative bodies will be enabled to actively and creatively participate in the life of the WCC.

P50103 - Scholarships

The unique focus of WCC scholarships is that they offer an ecumenical formation opportunity as well as targeting specific learning requirements. Scholarships will be offered to groups and individuals for further education or training to meet the identified needs of the requesting body. Applications will be assessed locally and globally. This activity will be undertaken within the strategic context of the Ecumenical Solidarity (4.1).

Expected results: The results of scholarships will be an increased understanding of and engagement with ecumenism as well as increased capacity for the requesting body.

P50104 - Ecumenical and Faith Formation Journal

This publication will cover the interests of 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 in offering articles relating to ecumenical and faith formation. Its intended audience will be practitioners and it will replace existing journals such as Ministerial Formation and EEF-NET. It will be connected to an overall WCC policy on journals and periodicals.

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.



Project costs 2007-2009

P502 - Enabling ecumenical and faith formation

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P502-01 - Network of practitioners

81,000

81,000

81,000

P502-02 - Ecumenical formation encounters

58,000

58,000

58,000

P502-03 - Scholarships

1,080,000

1,100,000

1,100,000

P502-04 - Ecumenical and faith formation journal

45,000

45,000

45,000

Total implementation costs

1,264,000

1,284,000

1,284,000

Staff and related costs

532,843

532,843

532,843

Total direct costs

1,796,843

1,816,843

1,816,843

Infrastructure costs

184,322

184,322

184,322

Total project costs

1,981,164

2,001,164

2,001,164

P503 - Contextual ecumenical theological education

Specific objective

To encourage and support theological institutions in developing ecumenical and contextual theological curricula relating to the WCC's major programme areas.

Links to goals

Direct link: 5a

Secondary links: Developing the ecumenical capacity of theological institutions (4a); working towards visible church unity and being a fellowship of churches (1a) and in processes of theological reflection (1b); theological curriculum content relates to goals in the whole WCC programme.

Description/background

The students of theological institutions will become church leaders and pastors. They need to be formed in such a way that they are able to engage ecumenically and theologically with the issues that confront their society. Many theological institutions, including nominally ecumenical institutions or federations, have experienced the effects of an increase in denominationalism which has drawn them away from serious ecumenical engagement. Theological institutions may often lack both an ecumenical orientation and the necessary capacity and skills to offer an ecumenical formation. The activity will work regionally to engage and strengthen the ecumenical focus of theological educators and institutions. It will relate to associations of theological schools and seminaries through the use of regional consultants.

At the same time, curricula will be developed that can integrate a contextual and ecumenical approach to learning in theological education. It will involve sharing curriculum development (see also 5.1) and pedagogical skills within a region and drawing on the knowledge created through the WCC's other programmatic work. It will use the approach successfully developed for creating curricula relating to HIV/AIDS and disability.

Timing and Exit strategy

Both activities build on existing work and will be reviewed at the end of 2009.

Two regional curriculum development processes will be established each year, 2007-2009.

Methodology

Ecumenical capacity building for theological institutions and networks.

Collaborative curriculum development using global and contextual skills and knowledge.

Communication will be undertaken through the programme areas to which each curriculum process relates.

The project will contribute to the WCC journal on ecumenical and faith formation (see 5.1).

Relationships plan

Theological schools, seminaries, theological associations and issue base networks will be the primary partners.

List of activities

P502-01 - Capacity Building of Theological Institutions and Networks

This activity will work through the regional consultants and involve the network of practitioners (see 5.1). It will enable those responsible for theological education and the churches better to understand and practice ecumenism in their work. It will further help to qualify and improve on existing theological and methodological frameworks for ecumenical theological education whether it is undertaken in denominational or ecumenical contexts.

Capacity-building for ecumenical theological education implies that faculty upgrade their own qualifications in order to meet accreditation requirements and improve on their skills to enable students to learn ecumenically. Library resources in all media need to give faculty and students access to theological and ecumenical material in appropriate languages. This aspect of capacity-building will be integrated with the Ecumenical Solidarity Fund (see 4.1) in order to ensure strategic and consistent funding processes across the WCC. A main emphasis will be on "brain drain" of theologically trained people.

P502-02 - Interactive Ecumenical Curriculum in Africa

The development of contextual ecumenical curricula is one way in which theological institutions can be encouraged to become more ecumenical in approach. This activity draws on the experience of the accompaniment of the WCC of the EHAIA and EDAN networks in producing theological curricula relating to their concerns. The aim is not to further burden already over-loaded curricula by offering additional modules but looking to integrate concerns into the basic study process. The project will function by first identifying issues within regions which require a curriculum approach and matching them with the content of WCC's programmatic work. The regional approach will be facilitated by consultants based in three regions (see also 5.1). While continuing to foster implementation of the existing curricula on HIV and Aids and persons with disabilities, the activity will prioritize work on poverty and wealth (3.1).

The work of curriculum development will involve regional task groups of theological educators and other resource persons. It would also include women and representatives of groups who in each different context might be prevented from participation to ensure that the proposed curriculum is accessible to them.

Supporting resources may have to be produced including theological literature in people's own languages.

New curriculum approaches will often imply a need for institutional strengthening and faculty development as in Activity 1

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P503 - Contextual ecumenical theological education

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P503-01 - Theological capacity: institutions and networks

115,000

115,000

115,000

P503-02 - Interactive ecumenical curriculum in Africa

110,000

110,000

110,000

Total implementation costs

225,000

225,000

225,000

Staff and related costs

268,843

268,843

268,843

Total direct costs

493,843

493,843

493,843

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

586,003

586,003

586,003

P504 - Library and archives

Specific objective

To serve as a centre for ecumenical formation through study and research on ecumenism, and to preserve the historical memory of the ecumenical movement.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 5a

Secondary links: Also relates to serving the ecumenical movement in the 21st century (1a and 1b) and all the work of the WCC.

Description/ background

The WCC owns a unique collection of specialized documents pertaining to the ecumenical movement and its history. The inventory is quite impressive: 120,000 volumes, 1,400 specialized periodical (some of them over a century old), 500,000 documents on microfilm, 400,000 negatives and slides and 180,000 prints, 500 videos, 3,000 sound tapes and some 12,000 archive boxes.

The WCC library is housed in two locations, the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, and the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. Its collections are divided according to subject matters, so that each site can develop its own areas of excellence and serve at best its customers.

The Library has recently joined the Network of Swiss French-speaking libraries which offers a union catalogue of more than 3 million bibliographical entries. This cooperation means that the WCC library has been able to improve its services in the areas of cataloguing, information retrieval and inter-library loans.

The Archives preserve the institutional memory of the ecumenical movement. The entire documentation produced by the WCC since its foundation, including the archives of the Faith and Order, and Life and Work movements, as well as of the International Missionary Council, are available.

Both the library catalogue and the inventory of the archives may be consulted on the WCC website.

A generous grant by the Banque Pictet in 2004 has allowed a thorough renovation of the premises and of the equipment.

Timing and exit strategy

This is an ongoing activity of the Council.

Methodology

Those interested in the ecumenical movement - researchers, professors, students, teachers, staff of partner ecumenical organizations - can read, listen and view documents on the same topic.

Relationships plan

Three circles could be mentioned here: (a) the direct customers representing a wide range of interested ecumenist, including the Bossey students; (b) the partner ecumenical organizations and their executive staff, especially those housed in the Ecumenical Centre; (c) the network of theological libraries with which there is a continuous collaboration.

List of activities

P504-01 - Library and archives

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs for 2006-2009

P504 - Library and archives

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P504-01 - Library and archives

33,300

34,000

34,000

Total implementation costs

33,300

34,000

34,000

Staff and related costs

352,843

352,843

352,843

Total direct costs

386,143

386,843

386,843

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

478,303

479,003

479,003

P601 - Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

Specific objective

To explore through bilateral and multilateral encounters issues of hope; common concern and friction with people of other faiths so as to develop cooperative relationships.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 6a

Secondary links: Working with member churches (1.c) and with women and youth (1.d)

Description/background

The project, next to cultivating and deepening relations with people of other faiths through bilateral dialogues, wants to give a particular emphasis to contemporary and cutting-edge issues in today's religiously plural societies as well as to make sense of new ways of communicating issues pertaining to interreligious dialogue.

To enable multifaith discussions on cutting edge-issues, the project will as a basis for the conversation capitalize on the possibilities and competency of a multifaith think tank established by the WCC in 1997. "Thinking Together" has already dealt with issues such as religion and violence and the Other in our religious traditions. The group will now, following the outcome of the Critical Moment conference (June 2005), discuss the issue of conversion, thus linking to goal 6a and the activity on conversion.

The project will provide a space for young adults on themes related to religious identities and the construction of meaning in pluralist societies. The transmission of religious identities and core values are in many societies in a crisis. The institutions that ensured a connection between generations is losing in importance to the profit of shared experiences and direct communication. There is an evolution in relation to religious identities, where importance is put on personal experience and an authentic quest relating to community, ethics, culture and emotions. There is a yearning for spirituality among youth, not always in a strictly religious sense, but in a wider sense, which is often disconnected from institutionalized religion and dogmas, rites and religious practices, following a conscious move towards autonomy. The intention is to facilitate both regional and cross-cultural encounters of young adults. The encounters will contribute to raising new issue in interreligious dialogue and dialogue.

The Critical Moment-Conference in 2005 called upon the WCC to initiate and actively monitor an interactive and pedagogical website focusing on best practices in interreligious dialogue. The site will include a helpdesk where users can consult religious/interreligious experts and exchange best practices via the internet, capitalizing on an experience of more than 30 years in interreligious work and credibility through cutting edge work, enjoying high-level partners of other faiths, personal and institutional. The IRRD website will focus on: the WCC interreligious programmes, dialogue with other faiths to promote Christian self-understanding, communication on interfaith issues (sharing of knowledge and experiences) and address critical issues related to religion in public life. Inter-activity will provide for a contact with the WCC constituency on interfaith issues. Means and possibilities will be defined throughout the process such as questions-answers bulletin board, "ask an expert/the author"- service , commentaries to blog, web cast conferences with interactive features, web-based work groups, etc.

Women play a key role in many communities to overcome religious divisions in order to build communities of peace and reconciliation. The WCC has over the years supported many such initiatives and has recognised the contributions of women stepping over religious divides to work for peace, particularly in conflict situations. Additionally, the WCC has supported women when they have challenged the ways in which religions are used to legitimize customs and practices that are even violent against women. Drawing some of these contributions together the intention is address issues related to the building just and inclusive communities.

Timing

2007-2009

Exit strategy

After three years the Thinking Together group will have produced a book with their findings on the topic of conversion.

The Best practices website intends to continue as an ongoing feature of the dialogue work of the WCC.

The specific focus on women and youth will be handed over to handed over to appropriate networks

Relations with organizations and/or institutions representing other faith traditions will be cultivated and nurtured in the sense that they remain a forum for exchange.

Methodology

Consultations and ongoing conversations by internet exchange

Interactive website

Regional meetings with women

Regional and cross-cultural meetings of youth

Entertaining relations and bilateral dialogues with Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists on issues of concern

Relationships plan

Cooperation with people of other faiths to maintain, cultivate and deepen interfaith relations and with member churches, regional ecumenical organizations where cooperative work is planned, with ecumenical partners and with networks of women and youth.

List of activities

P601-01 - "Thinking Together" on conversion : the "Thinking Together" group is using the Internet communicating in sharpening the issues on conversion and at a yearly meeting comparing notes, thinking together and formulating multifaith considerations on the issue. A book is to be published toward the end of the activity.

P601-02 - Best practices in interreligious dialogue and cooperation : the Best Practices website will in cooperation with WCC Communications be launched and monitored in an active way by staff involved with dialogue. It will, using the features an inter-active website can provide, engage with the WCC constituency and the interfaith community on issues in interreligious relations and dialogue. Included in the website is the biannual publication of "Current Dialogue".

Regional meetings will, seeking the cooperation of REOS and other networks, engage women multilateral dialogues in South Asia, Eastern Europe and Western Africa.

The project will provide a space for young adults on themes related to religious identities and the construction of meaning in pluralist societies. The transmission of religious identities and core values are at the point of crisis in many societies. The institutions that ensured a connection between generations is losing in importance to the profit of shared experiences and direct communication. There is an evolution in relation to religious identities, where importance is put on personal experience and an authentic quest relating to community, ethics, culture, and emotions. There is a yearning for spirituality among youth, not always in a strictly religious sense, but in a wider sense, which is often disconnected from institutionalized religion and dogmas, rites and religious practices, following a conscious move towards autonomy. Along with the Bossey Ecumenical Institute focused work will be done on a lived experience for young people to "build an interfaith community."

P601-03 - Women of faith respond to religious pluralism

Women are often the backbone of religious communities and keep the faith of communities alive. They therefore are the first to work for peace in contexts where religious tensions divide communities and lead to conflicts. The WCC has over the years encouraged women in their efforts to nurture peace. Of course it is also true that religions have been used to legitimize customs and practices that are even violent against women. After over 20 years the WCC will focus its work once again on women of faith and their contributions to inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.

P601-04 - Dialogue and co-operation between Christians and their neighbors

In cooperation with existing organizations and/or institutions representing other faiths, the activity will solicit possibilities for bilateral meetings pertaining to issues that are common or divisive. Depending on the nature of issues addressed, conclusions of the encounters will be published.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects

Project costs 2007-2009

P601 - Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P601-01 - Thinking Together on conversion

30,000

30,000

30,000

P601-02 - Inter-religious best practices

25,000

25,000

25,000

P601-03 - Women of faith respond to religious pluralism

30,000

30,000

30,000

P601-05 - Dialogue and cooperation among neighbors

20,000

20,000

20,000

Total implementation costs

105,000

105000

105000

Staff and related costs

204,389

204,389

204,389

Total direct costs

309,389

309,389

309,389

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

401,550

401,550

401,550

P602 - Christian self-understanding amid many religions

Specific objective

To engage the WCC constituency to consider and articulate how involvement in inter-religious dialogue challenges theology and Christian self-understanding in relation to other religions.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 6a

Secondary links: This links with the goal 1.c as it connects with the WCC member churches.

Description/ background

Relations with people of other faiths will impact Christian self-understanding, mission and witness as well as how Christians consider other religions. The project, which is divided into three activities, will

Enable an encounter between findings in Jewish-Christian dialogue and the way Christian theology is understanding the nature and purpose of the church

In dialogue with people of different faiths consider the understanding of conversion

Continue a process on Christian self-understanding in a religiously plural world that involves people from three networks : Faith & Order, CWME and Dialogue

Timing

The project has in its three different phases already been launched and will at the earliest end by 2009

Exit strategy

The project will be completed with documents on 1. A code of conduct regarding conversion, 2. Ecclesiology and Jewish-Christian relations, and 3. Christian self-understanding and religious plurality. The documents will be submitted to the different constituencies involved in the project: the WCC Central Committee, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, the International Council of Christians and Jews and Faith & Order. It is hoped that these documents will be used in Christian constituencies for study and action.

Methodology

The project has and will in its three different phases invite the co-operation with people of different faiths. The project activity on conversion, launched in 2006, involved a hearing with people of different faiths. The project activity on Jewish-Christian relations and ecclesiology has and will continue to benefit from Jewish resources. The project activity on religious plurality served in its initial phase as a background document at the 2006 Assembly and will, building upon comments gathered, continue sharpening the discussion.

Relationships plan

Working relationships with specialised institutions on inter-faith dialogue and cooperation such as the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, the International Council of Christians and Jews, the Bernardin Center at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at the Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Centre for Christian-Jewish Understanding, Cambridge, among others.

List of activities

P602-01 - Towards a code of conduct on conversion : conversion as an issue in inter-religious relations. The activity comes out of the co-operation between the IRRD and the Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue and was launched in 2006 with a multifaith hearing on conversion, "Inter-religious Reflection on Conversion: Assessing the Reality". The activity continues, while maintaining a contact with people of other faiths, into a second phase entitled "A Christian Reflection on Conversion", involving people from the Roman-Catholic Church, the WCC constituency and Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians. A third phase is entitled "Seeking Agreement Towards a Code of Conduct on Religious Conversions". The activity is done in close co-operation with Mission. The activity is to produce a Code of Conduct on Religious Conversions.

P602-02 - Ecclesiology encountering Jewish-Christian dialogue: the activity comes out co-operation with the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) and staff from Dialogue and Faith & Order. Christians involved in the networks of Faith & Order and the Jewish-Christian dialogue look into if and how the Jewish-Christian dialogue has had any theological bearings upon Christian theological articulations both within the constituencies of the WCC and the Roman-Catholic Church. With the help of Jewish resource persons, the activity discusses through consultations and Internet ways how to create space for findings in Jewish-Christian dialogue in Christian theology. A document will be produced through cooperation with the ICCJ and will be submitted to the constituencies represented.

P602-03 - Christian self-understanding and religious plurality: an exploration of three networks, Faith & Order, CWME and Dialogue worked up to the 9th Assembly on a consensus document on religious plurality and Christian self-understanding. The document was published and served as a background document for the Assembly. Building upon comments in commissions and the Assembly, the discussion will continue tapping the same networks and produce a document, which tries to interpret a theological position paper on how Christians are to understand the religious manifold and their own truth claims. It is envisaged that the Central Committee will adopt the document and send it to member churches for study and action.

Monitoring

Project costs 2007-2009

P602 - Christian self-understanding amid many religions

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P602-01 - Towards a code of conduct on conversion

30,000

30,000

30,000

P602-02 - Ecclesiology encountering Jewish-Christian dialogue

17,500

20,000

20,000

P602-03 - Christian self-understanding and religious plurality

20,000

35,000

35,000

Total implementation costs

67,500

85,000

85,000

Staff and related costs

204,389

204,389

204,389

Total direct costs

271,889

289,389

289,389

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

364,050

381,550

381,550

P603 - Accompanying churches in situations of conflict

Project's Title

Accompanying churches in situations of religious conflict.

Specific objective

To accompany churches faced with an environment of religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict and to advocate for inter-religious cooperation, human dignity and just relationships.

Links to goals

Direct link: Goal 6.b.

Secondary links: Important to ensure link with and coordination of visits to member churches in Goal 1.c. Links with Goal 3 a; Goal 4 a.

Description/ background

There is an increasing awareness that religion plays a central role in civil and political life. Religious symbols and idioms are, in some countries, used to manipulate and promote political powers and interests causing tensions and conflicts between communities. There is a growing environment of religious intolerance that has a negative effect on societies.

The project will contribute to developing the positive aspects in all religions in order to promote peace and harmony among communities.

The activities of this project will be linked to other programmatic areas of the WCC addressing issues of ecumenical relations, justice, peace, religious freedom and tolerance.

The project will equip communities in their preparedness to prevent and deal with inter-religious conflicts and would specifically support interventions in two countries where religions have been used to fuel conflict. This will happen in response to requests for support from member churches and national councils of churches. Mechanisms will be put in place both at the regional and international level for the WCC to be keenly listen to the constituency and to receive and take up requests from member churches in a prioritized manner, given the available capacity.

Timing

Start and end within 2007-2009

Exit strategy

After three years WCC will evaluate the work to assess new priorities or emerging issues and the current situations in the respective countries.

Methodology

Research into and evaluation of situations of religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict.

Visits, training, consultations, seminars, capacity building and engagement with those involved in such situations.

Advocacy work on behalf of those affected by conflict.

An assessment will be made regularly to gauge the response of the people and surveying the environment in terms of the progress made in addressing the issues at hand. This will be done jointly by the implementing partners.

A fund will be made available in concrete situations to assist individuals and groups at risk (i.e., legal assistance).

Relationships plan

National council of churches and related organizations in the countries involved, local churches, local interreligious organizations, experts in such fields, similar and like minded organizations

List of activities

P603-01 - Community preparedness and advocacy: for inter-religious conflict prevention and resolution: Research and background work and evaluation of situations of religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict. Visits which would include: pastoral and bridge-building visits, exchange visits or fact-finding visits.

P603-02 - On-site support and accompaniment in times of inter-religious conflict: Consultative processes, training, seminars, capacity building and engagement with those involved in similar situations. Advocacy work, both at the international and the respective regional arena, on behalf of those affected by conflict. Resources will be made available, through the "Solidarity fund", in concrete situations to assist individuals and groups at risk (i.e., legal assistance).

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs 2007-2009

P603 - Accompanying churches in situations of conflict

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

P603-01 - Community preparedness and advocacy

50,300

50,000

50,000

P603-02 - On-site support and accompaniment

44,000

44,000

44,000

Total implementation costs

94,300

94,000

94,000

Staff and related costs

204,389

204,389

204,389

Total direct costs

298,689

298,389

298,389

Infrastructure costs

92,161

92,161

92,161

Total project costs

390,850

390,550

390,550

C101 - Giving voice and witness in the world

Specific objective

To have developed efficient and effective communications strategy and have set in place a competent staff team to implement it.

Links to goals

Direct link : Goal 1b

Secondary links: all programmes of the WCC.

Description/ background

Giving visibility to the work of the World Council of Churches in the media is a primary task of the Council. The WCC is committed to bring to the world, through the church and secular media, the ethical and moral alternative voice of the churches and the ecumenical movement. While there is little interest in the secular media for institutional religious life, there is a growing interest in moral and ethical perspectives on major challenges in public life, politics, economics and environment.

The WCC's central vision is of the churches working together for visible unity and for transformation of the world and society. In the quest to deepen and broaden the fellowship a good communications strategy will accompany this vision.

Timing and exit strategy

On going project with yearly review and evaluation and change as needed.

List of activities

C101-01 - Direction and coordination of public voice of the WCC : To provide greater visibility to the work and vision of the WCC in the secular and religious media and to have put in place instruments for enhancing the public voice of the WCC through the General Secretary.

C101-02 - Web and image office : To set in place an attractive and user friendly web site for the WCC that is responsive to all the programme needs.

C101-03 - Visual arts office : To ensure good management of the photo service of the WCC and the archives ant to strengthen policies on access.

C101-04 - Publishing books and producing other media tools : To have developed a good policy on publications to respond to the programme needs for printed and other resources.

C101-05 - Language services : To continue to provide interpretation and translation services in the working languages of the WCC.

Monitoring Evaluation

Will be done in a comprehensive way for all projects.

Project costs for 2007-2009

C1 - Communications

2007

2008

2009

Implementation costs

 

 

 

C101 - Giving voice and witness in the world

766,700

766,700

766,700

Staff and related costs

1,860,000

1,860,000

1,860,000

Total direct costs

2,626,700

2,626,700

2,626,700

Infrastructure costs

368,644

368,644

368,644

Total programme costs

2,995,344

2,995,344

2,995,344