Recent WCC publications
“The Invisible among Us" seeks to engage us in the plight and prospects of persons with no nationality, a problem that especially affects women and children. Locally and internationally, churches and church people everywhere can help to lift up their humanity so they can take their rightful place in the human family.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
From despair to hope, Christian engagement with HIV has challenged stigma and discrimination - and also entailed genuine transformation in the church themselves.
At the heart of the ecumenical fellowship stands a moral imperative, a kind of pledge by the churches to hold themselves and one another accountable in their faithfulness.
Who Do We Say That We Are? Christian Identity in a Multi-Religious World Interreligious Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation World Council of Churches
Bringing together people living with, working with, researching, or personally affected by HIV or AIDS, this volume developed by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) and its global partners draws directly from on-the-ground experiences elicited from frontline actors in the churches and agencies. Their insights and reflections are always lively, sometimes uncomfortable, and often deeply moving.
The voices of the churches in the international arena— Ranging across the globe, this vital compendium of documents covers an astonishing array of engagement by Christian churches through the World Council of Churches and its Commission of the Churches in International Affairs: war and peace, regional and national conflicts, disarmament and nuclear weapons, violence against women, economic justice, climate justice, freedom of religion, religious intolerance, ethnic and indigenous people’s struggles—the list goes on.
Growth in Agreement IV: International Dialogue Texts and Agreed Statements, 2005 – 2013, Volumes 1 and 2
A gift to the ongoing work of reconciliation among Christians— The textual fruits of ecumenical dialogue over the last decade are presented here in complete documents. The vast yield is here collected in two volumes, incorporating bilateral and multilateral dialogues of the churches across the Christian confessions—Orthodox, Catholic, and Reformation traditions—and evinces not only agreements and disagreements but also the new insights that dialogue itself reveals.
What does encounter with Hinduism teach us about ourselves? “Never before in history have people of different faiths, cultures and ideologies been drawn together as a community for common purposes as now,” says editor Mathews George. Rather than seeing each other as enemies or rivals or prey, today’s interreligious environment allows for open-minded encounter that also fully acknowledges the tensions and even oppressions of the past. Here Christian theologians reflect on the how their encounters with Hinduism in pluralistic settings has changed their approaches to interreligious dialogue, to sacred scriptures and ecclesiology, to charged religious involvement in politics, and to learning from Hinduism in order to create a more responsible Christian community.
“Particularly since the beginning of the 21st century, political, ideological, and religious shifts have given a new edge to the need for Christians to engage appropriately with religious plurality,” say the authors of this illuminating work. Their statement, fruit of ten years of consultations about Christianity’s encounter with and relation to other major religious traditions, is in aid of Christians’ self-understanding as they live and work and dialogue with people of other faiths.
“This volume focuses, for the most part, on figures who have been known for their contributions to global ecumenism; but such global leadership is clearly rooted in their response to a context marked by religious plurality, caste oppression, endemic poverty, and the struggle to build a post-colonial nation…. I found the book compelling.”—Michael Kinnamon
Exploring hybridity, embracing hospitality— While we tend to think of religions as distinct, univocal, even competing traditions, the phenomenon of multiple religious belonging is widespread, both historically and today. Alive to a variety of traditions and regions, this volume explores the reality of religious hybridity—whether because of cultural inheritance, family circumstances, or explicit choice— its confounding of traditional categories in theology and the study of religion, and its meaning for Christian theology. Even as it complexifies the idea of religious identity, the authors show, it enriches our understanding of ultimate reality and the whole range of practices by which humans relate to it.
The pastoral challenge, critically approached— Often perceived as conservative and rigid, the churches have sometimes been barriers to people’s claiming their sexuality. Yet, in their response to the crisis posed by AIDS and HIV, Christian churches have also often challenged harmful cultural practices and surmounted that stereotype. Focusing on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), especially in African settings, this volume seeks to identify and cultivate the positive, indeed liberating, role that the churches must play.
Creating a climate for change— The greatest untapped natural resource for addressing the world’s most pressing problems is the energy of religiously committed people. This volume gathers the expertise of activists, theologians and faith-based organizations to inspire and encourage churches and church people everywhere in grassroots work and advocacy for climate justice.
Perhaps the greatest treasure of the ecumenical movement lies in its gatherings of songs, prayers, and other liturgical resources from around the Christian world. Now, adding to this wealth, come these 70 songs from composers around the world. Inspired by the WCC’s 10th Assembly, these songs of praise, adoration, struggle, mission, faith and hope constitute a deep resource for the pilgrimage of justice and peace. They are here published in English, French, Spanish, and German, with other languages, introduced by Andrew Donaldson, and augmented by recorded performances available on YouTube.
“Moltmann’s The Living God and the Fullness of Life reflects the beauty and joy of the mystery of life given, sustained, and loved by God as a brilliant cut gem glitters in the light of the sun. As the many facets of the brilliance let the light shine in many beams, the different chapters of the book offer glimpses of the fullness of life in the presence of the triune God.”—Martin Robra, World Council of Churches
An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (Second Edition) ''At this critical juncture, this book brings together 'texts and voices' that reveal both the profound legacy of the ecumenical movement and the spiritual, theological basis on which it can build to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.'' -- Editor Michael Kinnamon
Legacy and Future A Jubilee Volume— The approaching 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation occasions this feast of historical, theological and even pastoral insights.
The essential writings of Philip A. Potter— · A charismatic and visionary ecumenist · Includes key writings · Includes many previously unpublished pieces · Complete bibliography and extensive biographical materials A pivotal figure in the ecumenical movement and in world Christianity during the last 50 years, Philip Potter brought charismatic personality, moral energy and prophetic insight to his leadership of the World Council of Churches in a time religious and socio-political turmoil.
The debate about justice and equity in global economic arrangements has preoccupied ecumenical Christianity for a century. It has been given new impetus and urgency by the global financial crisis, by widening disparities of income and wealth, and by a looming climate crisis fuelled by ever expanding consumer-driven economies.
Keith Clements Bonhoeffer’s story—and its import for today “ No one has a better grasp of Bonhoeffer’s legacy and knowledge of the ecumenical movement than Keith Clements. This is a publishing milestone for those interested in both.” —John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town