World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

The Church: Towards a Common Vision

What can we say together about the Church of the Triune God in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace in the world, and to overcome together our past and present divisions? The Church: Towards a Common Vision a remarkable answer to this question. Produced by theologians from the widest range of Christian traditions and cultures, The Church addresses first the Church’s mission, unity, and its being in the Trinitarian life of God. It then addresses our growth in communion – in apostolic faith, sacramental life, and ministry – as churches called to live in and for the world.

06 March 2013

(Faith and Order Paper no. 214)

Also available in Czech (pdf, 1 MB, translation courtesy of Svetlana Hanke-Jarosova and the Czech Bishops Conference), Finnish (pdf, 850 KB, translation courtesy of the Finnish Ecumenical Council), French, German, Italian (pdf, 2.2 MB, translation courtesy of Rivista Il Regno, Bologna, Italy), Korean (pdf, 825 KB, courtesy of the Korean Host Committee for the WCC 10th Assembly), Norwegian (pdf, 450 KB, courtesy of the Christian Council of Norway), Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish (courtesy of the Christian Council of Sweden).

What can we say together about the Church of the Triune God in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace in the world, and to overcome together our past and present divisions? The Church: Towards a Common Vision a remarkable answer to this question. Produced by theologians from the widest range of Christian traditions and cultures, The Church addresses first the Church’s mission, unity, and its being in the Trinitarian life of God. It then addresses our growth in communion – in apostolic faith, sacramental life, and ministry – as churches called to live in and for the world.

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