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WCC Annual Review 2016

This annual review of the activity of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2016 and continuing into 2017.

03 May 2017

This document will soon also be made available in French, German and Spanish.

This annual review of the activity of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2016 and continuing into 2017.

"Ecumenical work is not nostalgia nor superficial use of metaphors. It is the hard work we do in mutual accountability to one another. In these pages, you will find many examples of how that mandate is translated into concrete, creative initiatives by the churches and the WCC to further justice and peace. Our accountability is first and last to God, the creator, the saviour and the life-giver. In our accountability to God we are called to accountability to one another. Most of all we are accountable to the vulnerable sisters and brothers, wherever they are, or for whatever reason they might be moving, migrating, fleeing their homes. During the last year we focused in our pilgrimage on the situation in the Middle East. In the landscapes we know from our Bible, we see how conflicts are breaking the land of living into pieces. Human beings are divided, even torn into pieces.

We are called to give account of our living hope given through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are called to show that another reality is possible, that even landscapes can change. Therefore, we continue our pilgrimage of justice and peace. And we pray that God will give us the strength and the wisdom to find our ways together."

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