What we do
The WCC 10th Assembly called the churches to join a pilgrimage of justice and peace. This call sets the direction for the WCC in the coming years. All WCC programmes aim to support the member churches and ecumenical partners to journey together, promoting justice and peace in our world as an expression of faith in the Triune God.
All programmes share a responsibility for strengthening relationships with member churches and ecumenical partners, spiritual life, youth engagement, inter-religious dialogue and cooperation and building a just community of women and men.
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The World Council of Churches is working to improve children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels.
Become involved in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, an initiative of the WCC member churches “to work together in a common quest, renewing the true vocation of the church through collaborative engagement with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain.”
The WCC project on ecumenical continuing formation provides leadership training including accredited short term courses as well as seminars, research groups and resource development. These take place either at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute or at the regional level in various parts of the world.
Mandated by the WCC 10th Assembly, the WCC has stepped up its efforts to advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable groups in society, including stateless people.
Faith leaders and communities can make a huge difference in overcoming the stigma surrounding HIV testing! We can show that knowing your status is important for everyone, because HIV is a virus, not a moral condition.
Current Dialogue offers a platform for debate to those within the ecumenical movement who want to build bridges across religious divides and to their partners of different faiths. The journal contains articles on inter-religious dialogue, news about inter-religious events and related WCC consultation reports.
The CCIA provides a platform for information-sharing and joint advocacy on critical situations and on opportunities to support initiatives for peacemaking, justice and overcoming poverty.
Hosted by the WCC since 2015, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance promotes just and sustainable food systems, and adequate nutrition through a rights-based approach and enhancing local food systems, and mobilizes action and reflection for food justice and zero hunger.
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (now an ecumenical initiative of the WCC) has campaigned on HIV and AIDS for over 14 years, advocating for access to treatment, eradication of stigma and discrimination, elimination of root causes of vulnerability to HIV transmission, and fulfillment of commitments by governments, intergovernmental organizations, religious leaders, faith organizations and individuals. Much progress has been made during this period to extend access to treatment, reduce transmission, improve education, and coordinate resources. But AIDS is not over – and political will to sustain progress and scale up effective responses that could eliminate HIV in the next generation seems to be faltering.
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an ecumenical initiative of the World Council of Churches, is a global network of churches and related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns for justice and human dignity. Current campaign issues are HIV and AIDS, food security and sustainable agriculture.
Churches can be a force for transformation - bringing healing, hope and accompaniment to all people affected by HIV. EHAIA promotes HIV competence among churches and theological institutions.
WCC work on overcoming racism focuses on the theological and ecclesial challenges faced by the churches in dealing with racism in their midst
The WCC supports churches' networking and advocacy with uprooted people, and their efforts to explore the links between migration, racism and interfaith relations.
The strong, effective, and prophetic public voice of the EUNO promotes just peace and produces focused advocacy actions in response to emerging societal, church, and ecumenical trends through the accompaniment of member churches and ecumenical partners by advocating on behalf of and with them at international and national levels, most specifically towards the United Nations and member states.
This project supports the churches' work in the field of health and healing with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the promotion of reconciliation and the "healing of memories".
Advocating for the participation of persons with disabilities in the spiritual, social and development life of church and society
Care for creation and justice are at the centre of WCC work on climate change. The Bible teaches the wholeness of creation and calls human beings to take care of the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15). The God of the Bible is a God of justice who protects, loves and cares for the most vulnerable among his creatures.
Ecumenical theological education is vital for the future of the ecumenical movement. The WCC and its partners help create networks of ecumenical theological institutions. The ETE activities create opportunities for developing ecumenically-oriented leadership within churches. They are a step towards equal access to theological education for all who wish to serve the churches.
Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. The WCC response to violence and violent conflict today is based on decades of ecumenical deliberation, understanding, practice and advocacy. The project is participatory and action-oriented and assists churches and related groups to make progress toward greater unity for peace.
The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) strives to promote the preservation, responsible management and the equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift of God and a fundamental human right.