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On the occasion of Finn Church Aid marking 70 years 27 September 2017 12:09 PM Sermon General Secretary Sermon given by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 27 September 2017, as Finn Church Aid celebrate 70 years.
Communique issued at the end of the Africa Pre-Conference of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism 21 September 2017 05:13 PM Message WCC Programmes At a pre-conference held 11-15 September in Kenya, representatives from the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches focused on the theme “Dignity and Transforming Discipleship: Implications for African World Mission In a communique issued at the close of the pre-conference, participants recognized that Africa will host the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania from 8-13 March, 2018.
PAWEEN seminar July 2017 21 July 2017 05:57 PM Message WCC Programmes The PAWEEN seminar 2017 gathered high-profile scholars from leading theological institutions, church leaders, as well as executives of faith-based institutions and ecumenical bodies from and based in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe, representing the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and several historic Black Churches, mainline Protestant and Pentecostal church traditions.
The Love of Christ Compels Us 13 September 2016 02:00 AM Liturgical song - music Member church Theme song for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017​. Text: Thomas Stubenrauch 2016, English: Neville Williamson © the authors Tune: Peter Sohren 1668, Halle 1704 (GL 463 / EG 506: Wenn ich, o Schöpfer, deine Macht)
Words of greetings at the Sunday morning worship 06 September 2016 02:00 AM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Words of greetings by the WCC general Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Sunday morning worship, Riverside Church, Sunday, 4 September 2016.
Susan Durber presentation at Unity Plenary 26 June 2016 02:00 AM Lecture - Speech Central Committee WCC Central Committee Meeting, 24 June 2016 Unity Plenary, Rev. Dr. Susan Durber presentsation
Have no Fear 20 June 2016 02:00 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement from the Lunteren Ecumenical Conference by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN)
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 29 January 2016 10:28 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order It was in the context of the Reformation Anniversary that the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. It quickly became clear that the materials for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would need to have two accents: on the one hand, there should be a celebration of God’s love and grace, the “justification of humanity through grace alone”, reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation. On the other hand, the materials should also recognize the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the Church, openly name the guilt, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Ultimately it was Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) which provided the theme for this year, when it used the quote: “The Love of Christ Compels Us” (Paragraph 9). With this scripture (2 Cor 5:14), taken in the context of the entire fifth chapter of the second letter to the Corinthians, the German committee formulated the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017.
Greetings to the Primates of the Anglican Communion 13 January 2016 01:00 AM Message General Secretary Greetings sent from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 13 January, to the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission 21 November 2015 01:00 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Joint Statement by participants of the conference held at the Korean YMCA in Japan.
Transformative Spirituality: a spirituality of encounter 28 April 2015 02:56 PM Background document WCC Programmes Reflection by Kristine Greenaway, of the United Church of Canada, for the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
Anders Wejryd's speech for WCC peace consultation in Sigtuna 03 December 2014 01:00 AM Lecture - Speech WCC Presidents Speech of Rev. Dr Anders Wejryd, Archbishop emeritus for the WCC consultation and workshop on Peace building and Advocacy for Just Peace, 1-5 December, Sigtuna, Sweden.
Economy of Life for All Now: An Ecumenical Action Plan for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture 28 November 2014 01:00 AM Policy document Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) The document outlines action areas for churches in tackling public finance and debt, regulation of the financial sector and global economic governance with the aim of realizing ethical, democratic, just and sustainable financial and economic systems.
Report of the Governance and Nominations Committee 08 July 2014 02:00 AM Report Central Committee Report concerning the membership of WCC governing and consultative bodies as well as by laws, among other issues, as approved by the WCC Central Committee.
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 15 April 2014 11:41 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is rooted in the experience of the churches in Brazil.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 09:14 AM Report Assembly Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Unity statement 08 November 2013 11:43 AM Statement: public statement Assembly This Unity Statement was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly on 8 November 2013. It is based on a draft statement on Christian unity presented in 2012 to the WCC Central Committee.
Greetings from the World Evangelical Alliance 04 November 2013 12:00 AM Message Other ecumenical bodies Delivered by Prof. Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, chair of the Theological Commission of the WEA, to the WCC 10th Assembly Mission Plenary.
Lutheran World Federation greetings 04 November 2013 12:00 AM Message Other ecumenical bodies Delivered by LWF president Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, also on behalf of the Christian World Communions, to the Mission Plenary of the WCC 10th Assembly.
Being and Becoming Church: The Spirit-Filled Genesis 15 July 2013 04:54 PM Assembly Bible study on Acts 2:1-13 by Hyunju Bae for the WCC Assembly, 5 November 2013: This text is often read from a mission perspective. How can we understand the Pentecost event from a unity perspective that can bring new insight, dynamism, and power to the ecumenical movement? The role of the Spirit in unity in diversity, as well as the relationship of Pentecost to justice and peace, are interesting to explore in today’s changing landscapes.
Living Water 15 July 2013 04:38 PM Study document Assembly Bible study on Acts 8:26-40 by Eleni Kasselouri-Hatzivassiliadi for the WCC Assembly, 4 November 2013: The text relates the mission of the Spirit to the symbol of the water of life. The Holy Spirit is the Life-giver, who sustains and empowers life and sends out God’s people to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. How and where do we discern God’s life-giving work, and how are we enabled to participate in God’s mission today?
Advocacy strategies on Indigenous Peoples issues 27 June 2013 12:00 AM Report WCC Programmes Report of the Consultation on Developing Advocacy Strategies for WCC work on Indigenous Peoples Issues, Church Centre, New York, 21-23 May 2013.
Summary of the Ninth Report 12 June 2013 03:00 PM Report Joint Working Group This document offers a summary of the Ninth report from the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC, which relates the focus and work of the group from 2007 through 2012. As the group approaches its fiftieth year, its recent foci include in-depth work on the notion of ecclesial reception of ecumenical work, the spiritual roots of ecumenism, church participation of youth, and emerging work on migration.
Ninth report of the Joint Working Group 12 June 2013 02:55 PM Report Joint Working Group This report outlines the activities of the JWG during 2007-2012 and includes the two study documents and reflections on the role of youth. The JWG members offer these texts to the parent bodies, i.e. the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), and hope that they will be received by churches and Christians around the world, inspiring them in their own ecumenical journey.
2014 Worship and background material 31 May 2013 04:07 PM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Brochure for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
Moral Discernment in the Churches 20 April 2013 12:00 AM s Comission on Faith and Order A Study Document: One of the major challenges in the 21st century is the division that exists between churches – and within churches – over moral issues, divisions that threaten the aim of Faith and Order for visible unity in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship. This study text does not focus on moral questions per se, but rather on the discernment process. This is a necessary prerequisite for ecumenical dialogue about specific moral issues. To that end, this study identifies sources that churches use for moral discernment (cf. §§ 30-48) and articulates some of the causative factors of the disagreements within and between churches over moral issues as a prolegomenon to ecumenical dialogue that seeks unity.
The Church: Towards a Common Vision 06 March 2013 10:16 PM Study document Commission on Faith and Order 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.
Report of the Joint Consultative Commission between the WCC and Christian World Communions 2007 to 2012 05 March 2013 12:00 AM R Joint Consultative Commission WCC - Christian World Communions A report on the work of the Joint Consultative Commission between the World Council of Churches and Christian World Communions. A draft report has been shared with the WCC Central Committee (August 2012) and the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions (October 2012) for information and feedback.
Meeting on reception of guidelines 01 January 2013 07:30 AM Article - News item WCC Programmes Christian witness in our multi-religious world: Report from a PCID-WCC-WEA meeting on reception of guidelines
Reflections on WCC 10th Assembly theme 06 December 2012 07:00 AM M WCC Programmes Reflections of the theologians and activists representing the Just and Inclusive Communities Working Group – including the five areas Dalit Solidarity, Global Ecumenical Network on Migration (GEM), Ecumenical Disabilities Advocacy Network (EDAN), Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, and Churches Overcoming racism, who met in Toronto, Canada, between 24-29 November 2012 under the theme: On the Way to Busan: Contributions from the Just and Inclusive Communities programme to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 2013.
Bishop K.H Ting 23 November 2012 07:00 AM Tribute General Secretary Tribute to Bishop K.H Ting, passed away on 22 November 2012.
The Unity We Seek: Reflections on Ecumenism Today, 13 October 2012 13 October 2012 11:55 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary The Unity We Seek: Reflections on Ecumenism Today. by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K. – Saturday 13 October 2012
50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council 11 October 2012 08:45 PM Message General Secretary Greetings of the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly on 7-28 October 2013 in Rome: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith and at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the opening of the Year of Faith on 11 October 2013 delivered by H.E. Archbishop and Metropolitan Dr Nifon of Targoviste.
São Paulo Statement: International Financial Transformation for the Economy of Life 05 October 2012 06:00 AM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) The WCC, WCRC and Council for World Mission (CWM) convened the Global Ecumenical Conference on a New Financial and Economic Architecture to engage diverse proponents, set criteria and framework and develop a plan of action and milestones towards constructing just, caring and sustainable global financial and economic structures.
Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly 22 September 2012 09:31 PM Message General Secretary WCC General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly, 21 September 2012, Florence, Italy
Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes 05 September 2012 11:51 PM Statement: public statement Commission on World Mission and Evangelism The CWME has, since the WCC 9th Assembly in 2006, been working and contributing toward the construction of a new ecumenical mission affirmation. The new statement will be presented to the WCC 10th assembly at Busan, Korea, in 2013.
II. Statement on abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages in Pakistan 04 September 2012 06:00 AM Statement: public statement Central Committee Statement on abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages in Pakistan, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Arms Trade Treaty statement by WCC, WEA, Pax Christi and Caritas 20 July 2012 08:28 PM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Christian leaders representing organizations of some 90 percent of the world’s two billion Christians have issued a joint appeal to the 194 governments negotiating the first global Arms Trade Treaty: Keep ammunition in the treaty.
Theological Perspectives on Diakonia in 21st Century 06 June 2012 06:00 AM R WCC Programmes From the Conference jointly organized by Justice and Diakonia, Just and Inclusive Communities, and Mission and Evangelism programmes of the World Council of Churches in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 2-6, 2012
International Dialogues in Dialogue: Context and Reception. Tenth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues, 2012 01 May 2012 07:30 AM Commission on Faith and Order Meeting for the first time outside Europe, the tenth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in March 2012. Following the recommendations on the reception of ecumenical texts from the ninth forum, the meeting in Dar Es Salaam gave special attention to the reception of the achievements of the bilateral dialogues in the Global South. Its recommendations urge the international theological dialogues to be more intentional about questions of membership, methodology, and theological questions about Christian unity that emerge from the variety of contexts in the South.
2013 Worship and background material 24 April 2012 07:52 PM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Annual brochure for the Week of prayer for Christian unity jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto 14 March 2012 07:02 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary In a series of visits to the Toronto offices of WCC member churches in Canada, and in a lecture and panel discussion on the evening of Wednesday 14 March, the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, explored contemporary hopes and challenges in the pursuit of Christian unity.
Dalit and Indigenous theologies in Asia 28 February 2012 07:00 AM WCC Programmes An International Theological Symposium was jointly organized by WCC-Just and Inclusive Communities, SCEPTRE, NCCI, Bishop's and Gossner Theological College from 13-16th December, 2011 at SCEPTRE, Shrachi Centre, 74B, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata-16.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 23 January 2012 10:45 PM WCC Programmes Reflections by Tamara Grdzelidze, programme executive of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
WCC/WCRC/CWM Preparatory Group Meeting 14 December 2011 07:00 AM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Remarks of the WCC general secretary on a New International Financial Architecture
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia 16 September 2011 10:40 PM S Executive committee Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World 28 June 2011 09:59 PM Study document Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A landmark document addressing the conduct of Christian witness around the world was released 28 June 2011 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) after five years of work. With an expressed awareness of inter-religious tensions and the difference in religious convictions, the document, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct" is meant as a tool for churches, ecumenical organizations and mission agencies rather than a policy or theological statement.
One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition 25 June 2011 06:00 AM Study document Commission on Faith and Order One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition is an official study text of the Commission on Faith and Order. It is a further development and explication of the insights of Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. It links questions of Christian initiation with ecclesiology, mutual recognition of baptism, and the basic bonds of Christian unity. The study text also deals with ongoing and more recent issues that prevent mutual recognition of baptism that impede the visible unity of the Church in one faith and in one eucharistic fellowship.
GPTR 2010 Aide memoire 08 June 2011 08:54 PM Report WCC Programmes Aide memoire of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
Call for response to the humanitarian crisis in Libya 01 April 2011 10:34 PM S General Secretary The World Council of Churches, together with the Conference of European Churches and the Commission for Migrants in Europe, call for a response to the humanitarian crisis in and around Libya.
2012 Worship and background material 23 March 2011 11:40 PM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Annual brochure for the Week of prayer for Christian unity jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
The Church and the Child - Perspectives for a new initiative for theological education 21 March 2011 07:30 AM Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes "Ecumenical Heritage and Perspectives For A Joint Commitment for The Future" - Contribution to a Nairobi conference on child-theology networks, 10-21 March 2011
Report of the General Secretary 16 February 2011 08:39 PM Report General Secretary Report by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the WCC Central Committee at its February 2011 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Address of the Moderator 16 February 2011 08:39 PM Moderator of Central Committee Address by moderator Rev. Dr Walter Altmann to the WCC Central Committee at its February 2011 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Indigenous Theologians Network in Dialogue with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism 27 January 2011 11:45 PM Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement of Indigenous theologians from different parts of the world, who met in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, on their dialogue with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, the mission among indigenous people and the preservation of both traditional and Christian spiritualities.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011 19 January 2011 06:08 PM General Secretary Sermon for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, during a prayer service organized by the Rassemblement des Eglises et Communautés Chrétiennes de Genève in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, 19 January 2011
Affirmation of faith on Justice for Dalits 24 October 2010 05:31 PM D WCC Programmes An affirmation of faith from the National Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, Convened by NCCI in partnership with WCC, New Delhi, 22-24 October 2010
Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today 18 October 2010 04:13 PM Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today and the Rationale for continued ecumenical engagement, Cleveland, Ohio, 26-29 August 2010
Greetings to the 3rd Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization 17 October 2010 03:20 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Greetings delivered by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the 3rd Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday 18 October 2010.
Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010 15 October 2010 07:32 PM Report WCC Programmes Report of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
Paul Löffler 06 October 2010 07:19 PM Tribute General Secretary Tribute Letter for Paul Löffler, German missiologist and ecumenical pioneer.
To Be One Voice of Advocacy for Peace and Justice 04 October 2010 08:37 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered a speech to the CCIA meeting in Tirana, Albania, 2-8 October 2010, in which he called on the churches to speak with "one voice of advocacy for peace and justice".
Greeting to the 20th Congress of the Baptist World Alliance 28 July 2010 07:35 PM M General Secretary Greeting to the 20th Congress of the Baptist World Alliance From the World Council of Churches By the general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit Geneva, 28 July 2010
Obituary for Dom Emmanuel Lanne 25 June 2010 04:41 PM Tribute WCC Programmes Tribute to the life and work of Dom Emmanuel Lanne on the occasion of his death. Father Lanne belonged to the first group of Roman Catholic theologians that became in especially close ways associated with the WCC as members of the Commission on Faith and Order.
"Rich toward God", St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, June 6, 2010 06 June 2010 06:00 AM S General Secretary
Words of greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference 03 June 2010 04:38 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Words of greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches
Ecumenism: provocative and hope-inspiring 14 May 2010 10:32 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Contribution by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to a panel at the 2. Ökumenischer Kirchentag in Munich.
Meditation 10 May - from Jerusalem churches 10 May 2010 06:00 AM Message Conference on World Mission and Evangelism A message for the Mission and Evangelism Conference in Athens We bring you greetings from all the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and their various communities as you gather to consider the next stage in the work of Mission and Evangelism of the Christian Churches. This Cross is a token of our love and prayers that God will richly bless all of you and guide your deliberations. It was made by Christian craftsmen in Bethlehen, whose very livelihoods are in danger because of the on-going situation in the Holy Land.
Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal 15 April 2010 05:12 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Thematic Address presented at the 13th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 15 April 2010.
Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam 09 April 2010 07:16 PM Tribute General Secretary Condolence letter to the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India
Theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination 07 April 2010 11:07 PM R WCC Programmes Report from the theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination and exclusion - A continuing conversation among the members of the Core Group of and others related to the WCC programme on Just and Inclusive Communities, Nagpur, India,10-14 December 2009
Launch of the ACT Alliance 24 March 2010 07:54 PM Sermon General Secretary WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit held the sermon at the prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
2011 Worship and background material 17 March 2010 05:20 PM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Annual brochure for the Week of prayer for Christian unity jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
The Ecumenical Movement of the Cross 24 February 2010 12:29 AM S General Secretary Sermon for the service of installation of Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit as general secretary of the World Council of Churches. Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Tuesday 23 February 2010
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010 18 January 2010 06:07 PM S WCC Programmes The unexpected intuition to flash forth from the conference was the awareness that Christian disunity is destructive to the very mission of the Church, and the corresponding search for Christian unity began," said the Rev. John Gibaut, director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. He was preaching on 18 January 2010 in a service at the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the beginning of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and as churches around the world prepare to mark the centenary of the 1910 conference.
Olav Fykse Tveit's 1st sermon as WCC general secretary 11 January 2010 05:49 PM S General Secretary This is the dream we carry through the world that something fantastic will happen that it has to happen that time will open by itself
Valedictory sermon: "Signs of the Times" 07 December 2009 08:59 PM S General Secretary Valedictory sermon by World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia at the Ecumenical Centre chapel on Monday, 7 December 2009.
Rio report - Re-visioning justice from the margins 11 November 2009 07:24 PM Report WCC Programmes Report of a continuing conversation among theologians representing the concerns of people living with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits and those struggling against racism, on churches becoming and effecting just and inclusive communities, August 2008.
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - 12-19 October 2009, Cordova, Spain 19 October 2009 06:00 AM The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group, hosted by the Diocese of Cordova, Spain, met from 12 to 19 October 2009.
The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Rev. Prof. Viorel Ionita 13 October 2009 01:23 AM Study document Commission on Faith and Order The Porto Alegre statement «Called to be the One Church», with all the reactions from the churches to it, should be used to help Faith and Order Commission develop The Nature and Mission of the Church into a common statement, proposes the Very Rev. Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita in his contribution to the discussion on the future of the study "The Nature and Mission of the Church".
The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos 13 October 2009 01:23 AM Commission on Faith and Order The NMC document is appreciated for its philosophical imagination, but it needs to be complimented with sociological and poetic imaginations where the text (the Word) takes on flesh and enters the realm of the pain and pathos that the poor and their earth endure, argues Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos.
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Prof. Maake Masango 09 October 2009 02:20 PM L Commission on Faith and Order Prof. Maake J. Masango addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, as a witness of the union of Presbyterian Churches in the context of apartheid.
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima 09 October 2009 02:20 PM Commission on Faith and Order
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Sister Maria Ko Ha Fong 09 October 2009 02:19 PM L Commission on Faith and Order Sister Maria Ko Ha Fong addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, from an intercultural perspective.
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Rev. Dr Marianela de la Paz Cot 09 October 2009 02:19 PM L Commission on Faith and Order Rev. Dr Marianela de la Paz Cot addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, from the perspective of a medical doctor and an Episcopal theologian from Cuba.
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Dr Minna Hietamäki 09 October 2009 02:19 PM Lecture - Speech Commission on Faith and Order Dr Minna Hietamäki addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, from the perspective of a younger Lutheran theologian from Finland.
Report of the 2009 plenary commission meeting 09 October 2009 02:04 AM Report Commission on Faith and Order In the spirit of the 2006 WCC Assembly's statement on ecclesiology, «Called to be the One Church», the 120 members of the Commission on Faith and Order, along with 37 guests, consultants and younger theologians gathered on the island of Crete in Greece, 7-13 October 2009.
A view from the past 09 October 2009 02:04 AM L Commission on Faith and Order WCC president from Europe Dr Mary Tanner encourages participants at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting to engage in what she affirms could be the beginning of a new phase in Faith and Order's history.
Moderator's report 09 October 2009 02:00 AM R Commission on Faith and Order Report by the Faith and Order Plenary Commission moderator Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantias-Ammochostos.
Director's report 09 October 2009 01:57 AM R Commission on Faith and Order Report of the WCC director of Faith and Order Canon Dr John Gibaut
Statement on caste-based discrimination 02 September 2009 06:00 AM S Central Committee
Policy Reference Committee I - Proposed Annotated Agenda 02 September 2009 06:00 AM P Central Committee The Policy Reference Committee I deals with certain matters as the reports of the Moderator, the General Secretary and the Officers of the Central Committee and the assembly theme.
What is Faith and Order? (Mary Tanner) 11 August 2009 06:00 AM B Commission on Faith and Order Tanner discusses Faith and Order as a movement, as a Commission, as an agenda, as a method, and as a commitment to the future.
Congratulations to new Council for World Mission moderator 01 July 2009 09:51 PM S General Secretary Congratulation letter to Rev. Dr Moiseraele Prince Dibeela who was appointed as moderator to lead the Council for World Mission Trustee Body for the next three years.
Message from the Doorn conference 17 June 2009 08:40 PM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Sermon at closing worship service, Doorn 17 June 2009 08:40 PM S WCC Programmes Sermon preached at the closing worship service of the 14-17 June 2009 conference "Churches responding to the challenges of racism and related forms of discrimination and exclusion"
Greetings to Ion Bria Conference 14 May 2009 09:32 PM M General Secretary tings of Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the WCC, to the International Conference dedicated to late Fr Prof. Dr Ion Bria Sibiu, May 2009
Oral intervention at UN Durban Review Conference 24 April 2009 12:15 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Joint oral intervertion at the United Nations Durban Review Conference in Geneva, 24 April 2009 by the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches
The Bangkok Declaration and Call 02 April 2009 05:55 PM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement from the Global Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, March 21-24, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand
2010 Worship and background material 18 March 2009 07:17 PM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24 : 48 (NRSV)
CWME/F&O consultation on mission and ecclesiology 07 March 2009 06:52 PM Statement: public statement Commission on World Mission and Evangelism Communique from a joint consultation on mission and ecclesiology of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) and the Commission on Faith and Order (F&O).
Report on the 2nd meeting of the Continuation Committee 17 January 2009 07:10 PM R Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Many ways to Christian unity? The Ninth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues, 2008 01 December 2008 07:30 AM Commission on Faith and Order Bilateral dialogues are official talks between two Christian churches or families of churches (often known as Christian World Communions, CWCs). They aim at overcoming inherited divergences often related to doctrine and church order, so that the two partners in dialogue may move to declaring that they are in fellowship. The proliferation of bilateral dialogues as from the 1960s has led to the creation of the Forum on Bilateral Dialogues. The Forum provides space and time for CWCs engaged in bilateral dialogues to exchange information, consult together on emerging issues and trends and reflect on the coherence and integrity of the dialogues. The ninth such forum was held in Breklum, Germany, 10-15 March 2008.
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - 16-23 November 2008, Bossey, Switzerland 23 November 2008 07:00 AM The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group met at the Ecumenical Institute Château de Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 23 November 2008.
A Cloud of Witnesses: message to the churches from a symposium in Bose 02 November 2008 06:35 PM M Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Voices of Youth: Stronger and Better Heard 09 October 2008 06:21 PM M Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement Members of ECHOS, the World Council of Churches (WCC) commission on Youth, met in Bangalore, India 1-10 October 2008. The 25 members of ECHOS represent a variety of WCC consultative commissions, Central and Executive Committee, the Catholic and Pentecostal Youth and Students Networks as well as regional and global youth organizations, like the World Students Christian Federation (WSCF). Their goal is to facilitate more coherent youth participation within the WCC.
Cambridge report on Tradition and traditions 06 September 2008 05:10 PM R Commission on Faith and Order Twenty four participants gathered at Westminster College in Cambridge to engage in the first of a series of consultations under the title of Tradition and traditions. The aim of the meeting was to build on the work begun by the WCC in the 1960s and, by paying particular attention to the teachers and witnesses of the early church, to explore further the possibility of discovering, re-discovering or re-receiving some particular sources of authority which might help us together on the way to the unity of the church.
Solidarity message to churches in India 03 September 2008 04:21 PM P General Secretary
Condolences for Chinese earthquake victims 21 May 2008 04:24 PM P General Secretary
Address to the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands 11 April 2008 05:28 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary By Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - Rome, 20-27 January 2008 25 January 2008 07:00 AM The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group met in Rome from 20 to 27 January. This was the first meeting of the JWG in its ninth phase running between the 2006 and the 2013 WCC Assemblies.
Christian youth movements call for signs of unity 23 January 2008 07:00 AM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A number of major international Christian youth movements and organizations called for stronger efforts towards unity in a joint statement issued on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Addressed to the heads of the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches, Christian World Communions and Regional Ecumenical Organizations, the statement asks them to "share ecumenical dialogue with young people" and expresses the commitment of the signatories to "raise awareness of the importance of Christian unity among young people".
Prayer for unity by Laura Wachira, Kenya 23 January 2008 07:00 AM L WCC Programmes A prayer for unity written by a young Kenyan woman who was a WCC steward in 2006.
2009 Worship and background material 01 January 2008 07:30 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2009 is rooted in the experience of the churches in Korea. In their context of national division the churches have turned for inspiration to the prophet Ezekiel, who also lived in a tragically divided nation and longed for the unity of his people.
Worship and background material 01 January 2008 07:00 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. This year's theme for the week of prayer was chosen in the USA. The initial draft of material represents the working relationship between the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, the NCCCUSA, the USCCB and the Interchurch Center in their annual efforts in the United States to promote the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All those involved have taken special note of the 100th anniversary of the Church Unity Octave first observed at Graymoor, in Garrison, New York, from 18-25 January 1908. The preparation of the theme and texts celebrate the history of 100 years of prayer while calling for a reinvigoration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, hence the theme, ‘Pray without ceasing'.
Songs 01 January 2008 07:00 AM L WCC Programmes Songs for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008
08 Prayers 01 January 2008 07:00 AM L Joint Working Group Prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008
From Reconfiguration to Ecumenism in the 21st Century 20 November 2007 03:40 PM Lecture - Speech Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century Rev. Dr Robina Marie Winbush, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Six central questions for the future work of the committee 20 November 2007 07:00 AM L Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Report on the first meeting of the Continuation Committee 20 November 2007 07:00 AM R Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Ecumenism in the 21st century: Theses for discussion 20 November 2007 07:00 AM L Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Papers for and a report on the first meeting of the committee held 18-20 November 20 November 2007 07:00 AM R Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Call to prayer and action for Christian unity 01 November 2007 07:00 AM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) From 18 to 25 January 2008 Christians all over the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On this occasion, the major global Christian student and youth organizations and youth desks of the different Churches call upon all their members to take action and make their voices heard for Christian Unity.
The gift of unity 31 May 2007 05:59 PM S General Secretary
La Paz report - Just and inclusive communities 03 May 2007 06:00 AM R WCC Programmes Representing the experiences, perspectives and visions of different excluded groups, a select group of 25 theologians from many parts of the world gathered in La Paz, Bolivia during May 2007, perhaps for the first time, to articulate their visions of the world and the church. Their attempt was to identify the possible thematic directions for the new programme - Just and Inclusive Communities - that brings together WCC's ongoing work in the areas of Overcoming racism, Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network, Indigenous Peoples and Dalit Solidarity.
Called to be one 02 May 2007 05:32 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches Birmingham, 2 May 2007
Edinburgh 2010 27 April 2007 05:32 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Keynote Speech by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, in Edinburgh, 27 April 2007.
LWF 60th anniversary 24 March 2007 05:27 PM M General Secretary
Prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 01 January 2007 07:00 AM Liturgical text Joint Working Group
The interactive relationship between spiritual formation and social concern 24 November 2006 06:33 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Panel at Taiwan Theological College and Seminary (TTCS), 24 November 2006, by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches.
Sermon at Chaoyang Church, Beijing 19 November 2006 06:59 PM S General Secretary
Ecumenism in the 21st century 17 November 2006 06:33 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Lecture at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, on 17 November 2006, by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
New visions and challenges to ecumenism in the 21st century 17 November 2006 06:33 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Presentation by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia on "New visions and challenges to ecumenism in the 21st century" at a meeting with ministers of the Shanghai Christian Council/TSPM on 16 November 2006.
Joint Report of the Programme and Policy Reference Committees (adopted) 06 September 2006 07:43 PM R Central Committee
Address to the 19th World Methodist Council 22 July 2006 05:34 PM Lecture - Speech General Secretary Claiming A Common Future
Towards 2010 - Mission for the 21st century 07 July 2006 06:00 AM B WCC Programmes Preparatory document for the upcoming centenary of the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference
Global Christian Forum Europe consultation 22 June 2006 06:00 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Some fifty representatives from a wide range of Christian churches, denominations and organisations in Europe [Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Friends (Quakers), Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Old-Catholic, Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal, Reformed, Salvation Army] gathered for a consultation from 19 to 22 June 2006, at the invitation of the Continuation Committee of the Global Christian Forum. The meeting was hosted by the Syrian Orthodox Church and took place at their monastery St. Jacob of Sarug in Warburg, Germany.
Morally responsible investment in Israel-Palestine 08 June 2006 06:00 AM P General Secretary
Report from Inter-Religious Consultation on Conversion 16 May 2006 06:00 AM R WCC Programmes
Called to be the One Church (The Porto Alegre Ecclesiology Text) 23 February 2006 10:16 PM Study document Commission on Faith and Order Called to be the One Church (The Porto Alegre Ecclesiology Text) This concise text (about 2,300 words) was adopted by WCC member churches at the Porto Alegre Assembly (February, 2006) as a basis for their renewed commitment to the search for visible unity. It invites the churches into a renewed conversation - mutually supportive, yet open and searching - about the quality of their fellowship and communion, and about the issues which still divide them. WCC member churches are asked to respond officially to the text by the next WCC Assembly; study groups and individuals are also invited to offer comments and reactions.
Statement on Latin America 23 February 2006 07:00 AM A Central Committee
Constitution and rules as amended by the 9th Assembly 23 February 2006 07:00 AM Assembly Please note: Amendments to this document have been approved by the WCC 10th Assembly.
Called to be the One Church (as adopted) 23 February 2006 07:00 AM R Assembly
Called to be the Οne Church (revised draft) 22 February 2006 07:00 AM P Assembly
Norberto Saracco presentation 20 February 2006 07:00 AM L Assembly
Lei Garcia and John Ngige Njoroge presentation 20 February 2006 07:00 AM L Assembly
Jorge A. Scampini presentation 20 February 2006 07:00 AM L Assembly
Jacob Kurien presentation 20 February 2006 07:00 AM Lecture - Speech Assembly Plenary on church unity, WCC 9th Assembly
Isabel Apawo Phiri presentation 20 February 2006 07:00 AM L Assembly
Assaad Elias Kattan presentation 17 February 2006 07:00 AM L Assembly
Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 07:00 AM B Assembly "Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context" : The WCC's Common Understanding and Vision process offers a coherent and challenging vision: a broad fellowship of churches, committed and accountable to one another, seeking visible unity in their life and witness today.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 14 February 2006 07:00 AM L
Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding 14 February 2006 07:00 AM R Assembly "Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding" : The question of the theological approach to religious plurality had been on the agenda of the WCC many times, reaching a certain consensus in 1989 and 1990.1 In recent years, it was felt that this difficult and controversial issue needed to be revisited. The present document is the result of a study process in response to suggestions made in 2002 at the WCC central committee to the three staff teams on Faith and Order, Inter-religious Relations, and Mission and Evangelism, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies.
2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material 01 January 2006 07:00 AM L Joint Working Group
Participating in God's Mission of Reconciliation - A Resource for Churches in Situations of Conflict 31 December 2005 07:30 AM Commission on Faith and Order This text (Faith and Order Paper no. 201) results from the study on Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and the Search for the Unity of the Church done by Faith and Order with the collaboration of the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. It offers resources for churches in situations of tension or conflict, especially where ethnic and national tensions are major factors, and suggests how Christian unity can further the churches' witness for reconciliation and justice.
The Nature and Mission of the Church - A Stage on the Way to a Common Statement 15 December 2005 10:16 PM Commission on Faith and Order This extended text (about 18,000 words) was published in December 2005 and is the latest result from Faith and Order's study on Ecclesiology. It seeks to express common convictions about the church, its nature and mission, and to identify the ecclesiological issues which continue to divide the churches today. The text has been sent officially to the churches for evaluation and response; study groups and individuals are also invited to offer comments and reactions. This text replaces the previous study document The Nature and Purpose of the Church (Faith and Order Paper no. 181, issued in 1998).
Towards the realization of economic and political union of Kenya, Tanzania 07 November 2005 07:00 AM S General Secretary
Challenges Facing the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century 22 October 2005 06:00 AM L General Secretary
Theological Consultation on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme 28 September 2005 06:00 AM L Commission on International Affairs
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005 10:58 PM S Executive committee
Celebrations of the Eucharist in Ecumenical Contexts - A Proposal 21 June 2005 09:22 PM S Commission on Faith and Order In this unofficial text a number of liturgists, theologians and pastors propose, on their own initiative and responsibility, guidelines for those engaged in planning eucharistic worship to be held in an ecumenical context. The text was produced by a working group at a consultation held by Faith and Order and the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey to reflect on the churches' 10 years experience in using the unofficial "Lima Liturgy".
Preparatory Paper N° 1: Mission and Evangelism in Unity Today 15 May 2005 06:00 AM Study document Conference on World Mission and Evangelism Study document adopted by the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), 2000. Published in: IRMJan/April 1999, pp.109-127.
Meditation 15 May - Kobia at Aeropagus 15 May 2005 06:00 AM Sermon General Secretary “The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (John 14:26) In the fourteenth chapter of John we find Jesus expounding on ideas and concepts that the disciples find rather difficult to comprehend. Jesus is teaching them about the way, the truth, the life, and love.
PLEN 14 May - Letter from Athens 14 May 2005 06:00 AM Letter Conference on World Mission and Evangelism Version adopted by the CWME Commission (edited 19 May 2005)
Meditation 14 May Doc 1 Closing worship 14 May 2005 06:00 AM Liturgical text Our three Bible texts are stories about how people have used their hands and arms in positive and beautiful ways. They have used their hands and arms to give healing, extend comfort and bring reconciliation to people they know and people they don’t know. By doing this they have also revealed something of themselves and they have also offered glimpses of who God is. Through all their embracing and reaching out, God’s love is always the starting point and the reconciliation and healing of human beings is always the future hope.
Meditation 10 May - Opening prayer 10 May 2005 06:00 AM Sermon Conference on World Mission and Evangelism “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself, and gave us the minsitry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor.5.18 We bring you greetings of Salam from the Mother-City of our faith, from Jerusalem. These greetings come from all who have been baptised in the name of Jesus, most of whom are Arab Palestinian Christians, who have kept the faith for close on 2000 years.
Preparatory Paper N° 6: Documentation on EMS Consultations on Reconciliation 10 May 2005 06:00 AM Study document Conference on World Mission and Evangelism We request our churches in Korea, Japan and Germany to work locally for the remembrance of history and the transmission of insights gained thereby to the next generation. We therefore request our congregations to work for a situation where the wrongdoing, which in some cases has only just come to light, is not repressed, and call upon them to seek solutions in cooperation with the responsible politicians and citizens' action groups.
GEN 20 Report of the Policy Reference Committee I 22 February 2005 08:43 PM R Central Committee
GEN 1 Report of the Officers 22 February 2005 08:43 PM Report Central Committee The report of the Officers to the Central Committee is a constitutional obligation. The purpose of this report is to inform the Central Committee of the decisions taken by the Executive Committee at its meetings of 17-20 February and 24-27 August 2004, as well as those taken by the Officers at their meetings of 20-21 November 2003, 9-10 June and 28-29 November 2004.
Mapping the oikoumene 21 February 2005 07:00 AM S WCC Programmes
05 Prayers 01 January 2005 11:32 PM Liturgical text Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
05 Worship 01 January 2005 07:00 AM L Joint Working Group
Eighth report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 2005 07:00 AM Report Joint Working Group This report outlines the activities of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches during the years 1999-2005 and includes three completed study documents, as well as some themes pursued and issues addressed.
Letter to the US member churches 03 November 2004 07:00 AM S General Secretary
New wave of violence 29 October 2004 06:00 AM M General Secretary
United Evangelical Mission 01 October 2004 06:00 AM S Other ecumenical bodies
Appeal for peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula 10 September 2004 06:00 AM S Commission on International Affairs
Message to the churches 06 August 2004 09:31 PM Message Commission on Faith and Order Meeting of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004
Presentation on ethnicity nationalism & unity study 02 August 2004 12:00 AM Lecture - Speech Commission on Faith and Order At the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Dr Catrin Williams, Presbyterian Church in Wales
Sub-theme III: Ethnic identity, national identity & the search for the unity of the church 02 August 2004 12:00 AM Lecture - Speech Commission on Faith and Order Presented at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Archbishop Dr Makarios of Kenya and Irinoupolis, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria
Keynote address by the WCC general secretary 28 July 2004 04:21 PM L General Secretary Keynote address by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, 28 July - 6 August 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Churches' presence in the Sudan peace process 01 March 2004 07:00 AM S General Secretary
2004 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material 01 January 2004 07:00 AM Joint Working Group
Prayer resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2004 01 January 2004 06:23 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order We wish to thank all those who have granted permission for the publication of the above prayers on the WCC web site. We have made every effort to trace and identify them correctly and to secure all the necessary permissions for publication.
LWF & United Evangelical Mission 04 December 2003 07:00 AM S Other ecumenical bodies
New configuration of the ecumenical movement 16 November 2003 07:00 AM Statement: public statement WCC Programmes
Call for common witness in Eastern Europe 16 October 2003 06:00 AM Statement: public statement WCC Programmes issued by the participants of the School for Mission
Russia - Expression of condolences to victims of the bombings in Moscow 15 September 2003 06:00 AM S General Secretary
Activities Report 03 September 2003 05:36 PM R Central Committee The activities report presented before the WCC Central Committee, 2003
Report of the Programme Committee 02 September 2003 05:32 PM R Central Committee First Report of the Programme Committee presented before the WCC Central Committee, 2003
The action of the Central Committee 02 September 2003 06:00 AM S Central Committee
Statement on Europe 02 September 2003 06:00 AM B Central Committee
Hearings 02 September 2003 06:00 AM Central Committee
On-going violence in Liberia 31 July 2003 06:00 AM
Council for World Mission 25 June 2003 09:33 PM S Other ecumenical bodies
Letter from Bad Segeberg 06 April 2003 06:00 AM Statement: letter WCC Programmes Consultation of churches from Latin America and Europe
Statement on Cyprus 21 February 2003 07:00 AM R Executive committee
Message to the 35th General Assembly of the National Christian Council 14 January 2003 07:00 AM S General Secretary
2003 Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer 01 January 2003 07:00 AM Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order The initial draft of this text was produced by an ecumenical group of biblical scholars, priests, pastors and lay persons in Argentina.
Consultation on faith, healing and mission (Ghana) 08 December 2002 07:00 AM Report WCC Programmes hosted by the Church of Pentecost, Ghana
Joint consultative group WCC-Pentecostals: Third Annual Meeting 13 November 2002 07:00 AM Report Joint Consultative Group Pentecostals - WCC The third annual meeting of the Joint Consultative Group, a discussion between members of the World Council of Churches and the global Pentecostal Movement was held in Kwang Lim Seminar House outside of Seoul, Korea, November 8-13, 2002. The group, established in Harare at the Eighth Assembly of the WCC, had met previously in France and in Ecuador. The theme for the week was the "Unity of the Church" and it was rooted in daily bible studies based upon the New Testament book of Ephesians.
Spirituality of Unity 28 October 2002 11:33 PM M General Secretary Dr Chiara Lubich, the founder and president of the Focolare movement for spiritual and social renewal, visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) on October 28 for worship and discussions on the "spirituality for unity" in all areas of life and humanity. After a rich exchange, Dr Lubich and Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, WCC general secretary, issued a joint reflection on the theme to emphasize the "renewed hope for our common ecumenical journey".
Information release on the 7th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches 23 September 2002 09:28 PM B Commission on Faith and Order This brief text gives general information on the united and uniting churches, their achievements and the special challenges which they face today, as well as background information on their 7th International Consultation.
Message from the 7th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, Driebergen, The Netherlands, 2002 19 September 2002 06:00 AM R Commission on Faith and Order This text is the report from the most recent international consultation of united and uniting churches. Focusing on issues of unity, mission and identity, this text brings the unique perspective and experience of these churches into dialogue with the wider ecumenical movement.
First report of the programme committee 02 September 2002 03:27 PM R Central Committee First report of the programme committee to the WCC Central Committee, 2002
Report of the policy reference committee III 02 September 2002 06:00 AM R Central Committee Report of the policy reference committee III in response to the report of the moderator, the report of the general secretary and the report of the special commission on orthodox participation.
Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement article on Interfaith Dialogue 01 September 2002 06:00 AM B The following article is the entry on Interfaith Dialogue (Dialogue, Interfaith) from the revised edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Wm. Eerdmans in 2002.
Consultation on mission in secularized and postmodern contexts 02 July 2002 06:00 AM Report Commission on World Mission and Evangelism "Believing without belonging? In search of new paradigms of church and mission in secularised and postmodern contexts"
Being church and overcoming racism: It's time for transformative justice 27 June 2002 08:31 PM Report Central Committee Presented at the Plenary on Being Church and Overcoming Racism of the WCC Central Committee meeting in 2002.
Support for the joint appeal by the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Federation of Haiti for prayer for peace, justice and integrity 06 May 2002 10:31 PM S General Secretary
Missiology Consultation, London 14 April 2002 06:00 AM Report Commission on World Mission and Evangelism Report from a missiology consultation, 14 - 19 April 2002
2002 Worship 01 January 2002 07:00 AM L Joint Working Group
Open letter to the member churches in the United States 20 September 2001 06:00 AM S General Secretary
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 07 September 2001 07:42 PM Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus 05 September 2001 02:00 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Oral statement of the Ecumenical Caucus to the plenary session 05 September 2001 02:00 AM Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Report of the XLIV Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 14 May 2001 06:00 AM R Commission on International Affairs
The gift of a common calendar - vital to mission and witness in secular society 09 April 2001 07:28 PM A Commission on Faith and Order In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Metropolitan Ambrosius of Oulu tells of the experiences of an Orthodox minority church in a Protestant country; in Finland "Orthodox and Lutherans have been experiencing the power of the Resurrection at the common date of Easter ever since the early 1920s".
Praying and working toward the common date of Easter: Bringing us closer to the imperative of Christian unity 09 April 2001 07:28 PM A Commission on Faith and Order In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Egypt, contributed from the viewpoint of the Oriental Orthodox tradition.
Celebrating together Redemption in Christ 09 April 2001 07:28 PM A Commission on Faith and Order In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Monsignor John A. Radano of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity wrote about "Catholic hopes of a common date for Easter".
Celebrating Easter Together 09 April 2001 07:28 PM Commission on Faith and Order In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. The series began with this article by the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, executive secretary for Mission and Ecumenical Relations in North Baden, Evangelical Church in Baden, Germany. As a WCC staff member with the "Faith and Order" team, she had been involved in organizing and accompanying the discussion process on a common date for Easter.
The protection of endangered populations in situations of armed violence: toward an ecumenical ethical approach 06 February 2001 07:00 AM B Central Committee
Biblical Reflections and Prayers for the Eight Days 01 January 2001 10:34 PM L Joint Working Group Those wishing to do bible studies on the week of prayer theme can use as a basis the biblical texts and reflections given in the "eight days". Each day the discussions can lead to a closing period of intercessory prayer.
Order of Worship 01 January 2001 10:09 PM L Joint Working Group At the centre of the worship service proposed for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2001 lies the theme for the week as chosen from John 14: 6: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life".
Ecumenical situation in Romania 01 January 2001 10:08 PM L Joint Working Group Thanks to the great arc of the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea, Romania is easy to find on any map. Culturally speaking it lies at the cross-roads between eastern and western Europe. Ninety-nine percent of its population of just over 22 million people call themselves Christian. As regards other communities of faith, there are 9,000 Jews and 56,000 Muslims. A few thousand people declare themselves to be atheists or of no faith.
Message to the Participants in the Oslo Gathering of Religious Leaders 02 September 2000 06:00 AM S Central Committee
Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders 28 August 2000 06:00 AM L General Secretary
Canada - Legal claims against the federal government and the churches arising from past practices in residential schools for children of native peoples 05 July 2000 06:00 AM S General Secretary
Report of the XLIII Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 22 January 2000 07:00 AM R Commission on International Affairs
By-laws of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA)* 01 January 2000 07:00 AM Policy document Central Committee
Orthodox contribution to New Delhi Assembly 01 December 1999 07:00 AM S Assembly
Memorandum and Recommendations on Response to Armed Conflict and International Law 03 September 1999 09:06 PM S Central Committee Recommendations adopted by the Central Committee and memorandum received and commended to the churches, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999.
Congratulations on the granting of the World Methodist Council's Peace Prize to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo 13 August 1999 06:00 AM Statement: letter General Secretary Conveyed by letter to Bishop Aldo M. Etchegoyen of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina.
Easter Appeal for a Cessation of Armed Conflicts 31 May 1999 03:13 PM M Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Yugoslavia's double tragedy 16 April 1999 06:00 AM A Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Yugoslavia [Former] - Easter appeal for a cessation of armed conflicts 31 March 1999 06:00 AM S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
India - Expression of solidarity with Christian leaders 01 February 1999 07:00 AM S General Secretary
Understanding racism today dossier 31 December 1998 04:18 PM B WCC Programmes
Together on the Way: 2.3. Metanoia 04 December 1998 06:59 PM L Assembly Wanda Deifelt, vice-rector and professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, and a member of the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil, spoke about "metanoia" - "conversion" - naming the ways that Christians need to repent. Following her reflections selected delegates read, in different voices and in different languages, passages of scripture related to the "jubilee year" (Lev. 25:8-17, 39-43).
Seventh report of the Joint Working Group 01 December 1998 07:00 AM Report Joint Working Group The report results from seven years' work by a dedicated group drawn from the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. The character of the document is intentionally educational. The group believed that it would in this way best serve the interest of all who wish to know not only the Joint Working Group's agenda but the growing relationship of the WCC and the RCC within the broader perspective of the one ecumenical movement which the group has witnessed and in some measure assisted.
(Previous stage) The Nature and Purpose of the Church: A stage on the way to a common statement 01 November 1998 10:16 PM S Commission on Faith and Order This text, from the Faith and Order study on Ecclesiology, was issued as Faith and Order Paper no. 181 in 1998. Now superseded by The Nature and Mission of the Church, Faith and Order Paper no. 198, issued in 2005, it is included here to enable comparison of these two texts.
Dalit Solidarity Peoples (DSP): the vision 01 September 1998 06:00 AM B WCC Programmes
Orthodox liturgical renewal 01 June 1998 06:00 AM R Commission on Faith and Order
A Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on Hermeneutics 01 January 1998 07:30 AM Study document Commission on Faith and Order This text (Faith and Order Paper No. 182) explores the complex but often creative field of hermeneutics - the interpretation of texts, symbols, and rites - and its role in the search for visible church unity. It invites us to reflect on how we approach and evaluate one another's language and symbols, as a contribution to mutual understanding among Christians and churches.
Towards common witness 19 September 1997 06:00 AM P Central Committee Received by the Central Committee and commended to churches for study and action, it is a summary of the most recent debates on common witness and proselytism. Contains the references to the earlier studies on common witness
Towards a Common Date for Easter 10 March 1997 10:22 PM Study document Commission on Faith and Order In most years Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on one date, and Orthodox Christians on another (the year 2007, and again in 2011, will be an exception). This text, prepared by Faith and Order in collaboration with the Middle East Council of Churches, examines the reasons for this and offers a proposal for reckoning a common date of Easter.
Becoming a Christian: The Ecumenical Implications of Our Common Baptism 24 January 1997 10:21 PM R Commission on Faith and Order This is the report from the second consultation in Faith and Order's study programme on worship in relation to Christian unity. Mindful of the importance of the churches' "mutual recognition of baptism" as a basis of the ecumenical movement, the text explores the meaning and structure of the baptismal service, issues raised by the inculturation of baptism, and how baptism determines the nature and practice of Christian ethics.
Costly Unity 01 January 1997 10:21 AM R Commission on Faith and Order This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Costly Obedience 01 January 1997 06:42 AM R Commission on Faith and Order This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Costly Commitment 01 January 1997 06:42 AM R Commission on Faith and Order This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Report of the Unit IV Committee to Central Committee 20 September 1996 12:00 AM Report Central Committee The Unit IV Committee recognizes that diakonia, martyria and koinonia are essential elements of the central mission of the church. Koinonia without diakonia is dead. Sharing and service as practical actions are at the heart of our fellowship and are a source of our unity.
Message from the Plenary Commission Meeting, Moshi, Tanzania, 1996 24 August 1996 09:31 PM M Commission on Faith and Order
Towards Sharing the One Faith 01 January 1996 10:25 PM S Commission on Faith and Order Faith and Order's Apostolic Faith study explored the meaning of the Nicene Creed as a basis for the faith of Christians and the churches today. The present text is a study guide to the Nicene Creed and to the Apostolic Faith study itself.
What is Faith and Order? (Günther Gassmann) 11 August 1995 06:00 AM Commission on Faith and Order To explore his theme, the author combines a number of elements related to the history, purpose, methodology and content of the Faith and Order Movement and its organizational expression, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches,
Rome and ecumenism 11 August 1995 06:00 AM B Commission on Faith and Order Rev. Fr Jean-Marie Tillard outlines with clarity and élan the history of, and the evolution of perspectives within, the Roman Catholic involvement in ecumenism.
Faith and Order agenda and the African region 11 August 1995 06:00 AM Article - News item Commission on Faith and Order David K. Yemba, current moderator of the Faith and Order Commission and Dean of the Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, discusses the content and reception of Faith and Order work in Africa, and the effect of African churches on the ecumenical movement in general.
F&O: a perspective from the Caribbean 11 August 1995 06:00 AM B Commission on Faith and Order Rev. Callam of the Jamaica Baptist Union presents the development of Faith and Order and assesses the appeal and reception of Faith and Order texts in the "two-thirds world".
Faith and Order yesterday, today and tomorrow 11 August 1995 06:00 AM B Commission on Faith and Order Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon sets out the context of Faith and Order and proposes some particular challenges emanating from his perspective as a modern Orthodox scholar of church history and theology.
Message from the 6th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 1995 01 March 1995 10:28 PM R Commission on Faith and Order This text is the report from the penultimate international consultation of united and uniting churches.
So We Believe, So We Pray: Towards Koinonia in Worship (The Ditchingham Letter and Report) 15 August 1994 09:21 PM Report Commission on Faith and Order The "Letter to the Churches" and report from the first consultation (held at Ditchingham, England) in Faith and Order's current study programme on worship in relation to Christian unity. Drawing on the resources of the liturgical renewal movement, and produced together with leading liturgists, this text focuses on the common structure of Christian worship, on issues of inculturation in worship, and on how, through worship, churches are already expressing their unity in Christ.
Ditchingham report (Faith and Order) 01 August 1994 06:00 AM S Commission on Faith and Order
Church and World: The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community 01 October 1992 07:30 AM Study document Commission on Faith and Order This text (Faith and Order Paper no. 151), the result of Faith and Order's study on The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community, explores the relation between the church's unity and its mission and prophetic witness in the world.
The Unity of the Church: Gift and Calling - The Canberra Statement 20 February 1991 10:16 PM S Commission on Faith and Order This text developed by Faith and Order is another of the "unity statements" adopted by WCC Assemblies over the years. It is one attempt to indicate the elements of "full communion" among churches.
Sixth report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1990 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group Reading this sixth report will in itself show the extent to which the productive relations between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church have multiplied and developed.
Fifth report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1983 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group The Fourth Report, presented to the Fifth Assembly of the WCC in 1975, also looked ahead to what should and could be done. This Fifth Report is presented in the same spirit.
Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text") 15 January 1982 10:16 PM S Commission on Faith and Order This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
The eucharistic liturgy of Lima 01 January 1982 09:36 PM L Commission on Faith and Order The Lima Liturgy is a Eucharistic (Holy Communion) service expressing, in one possible liturgical form, the ecclesiological convergence on the eucharist reached in the Faith and Order text Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM). It is so named because it was first used at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982 - the meeting which approved BEM for transmission to the churches for official response.
Fourth report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1975 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group Both the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches are determined to continue their collaboration and to seek together ways to serve the ecumenical cause. Therefore, after ten years of com­mon experience, it is appropriate to ask anew the question how they can, together, best further the ecu­menical movement, How should the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches be related to one another? What areas require primary atten­tion? What kind of common structure should be adopted? The present report attempts to answer these questions and submits to the parent bodies a number of recommendations as to the next steps to be taken.
Third report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1971 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group The Joint Working Group is convinced that the work of the past five years has been worthwhile. At the same time a great many things remain to be done. The Lord's demand is clear: that they may be one in order that the world may believe" (John 17,21). As we face this demand we are keenly aware of how much we still fall short of giving to the world the sign of communion which should arouse its faith in the love of the Father who sends his Son to save us.
Study VIII: Community 01 January 1970 07:30 AM S WCC Programmes
Second report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1967 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group The aim of the present document is to set out briefly the concrete results of the exchanges that have already taken place, and to indicate a vision of the future in which the Joint Working Group foresees the need for constantly more dynamic relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.
First report of the Joint Working Group 01 January 1966 12:00 AM Report Joint Working Group After several preliminary meetings between representatives of the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity and of the World Council of Churches, the mandate for the Joint Working Group was presented to and adopted by the Central Committee at its meeting in Nigeria in January 1965. It was thereafter also officially accepted by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church. In working out this project, the Roman Catholic side was guided by the Decree on Ecumenism, promulgated at the end of the third session of the Vatican Council; while the representatives of the World Council of Churches based their approach on the main lines of several WCC documents that describe the nature and function of the World Council and on various statements made by the World Council on the contemporary ecumenical situation.
New Delhi Statement on Unity 31 December 1961 07:00 AM Report Assembly This is the report of the Section on Unity at the WCC 3rd Assembly. Particularly in paragraph 2 -- probably the greatest run-on sentence in ecumenical history -- we have one of the seminal and enduring statements on the nature of "organic unity".
Toronto statement 15 July 1950 07:30 AM Statement: public statement Central Committee The formation of the WCC, and the holding of its first assembly, did not answer a number of fundamental questions about the nature of the Council and its relationship to the member churches. That task was left to the WCC's central committee at its meeting in 1950, which adopted the "Toronto Statement".