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What We Do

All activities of the WCC are rooted in a threefold vision for transformation of the church and world. This vision is to live out Christian unity more fully, live as churches being neighbours to all while addressing threats to the human community and encouraging churches to take greater care of creation through protection of the earth and its people.

All activities of the WCC are rooted in a threefold vision for transformation of the church and world. This vision is to live out Christian unity more fully, live as churches being neighbours to all while addressing threats to the human community and encouraging churches to take greater care of creation through protection of the earth and its people.

Today the WCC focuses its work in six programme areas: The WCC and the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st CenturyUnity, Mission, Evangelism and SpiritualityPublic Witness: Addressing Power, Affirming Peace, Justice, Diakonia and Responsibility for CreationEducation and Ecumenical Formation and Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation.

Care for creation and climate justice

Care for creation and climate justice

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 Water Network

Ecumenical Water Network

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.

WCC Publications

WCC Publications is the book publishing programme of the World Council of Churches. It facilitates global Christianity’s “alternative voice” and enhances the larger visibility and cultural presence of the ecumenical movement.

Women in church and society

Women in church and society

This project offers women from different Christian traditions, regions and age groups an opportunity to speak out and share their visions so that they might contribute to society, the ecumenical movement and the search for unity.

WCC UN liaison office, New York

WCC UN liaison office, New York

Making the voices of the churches and ecumenical organizations heard in order to influence United Nations policy decisions.

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

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.

Solidarity with churches in the Middle East

Solidarity with churches in the Middle East

The situation of the Middle East calls for collective efforts by ecumenical partners to achieve peace and justice at local, national, regional and international levels. The WCC aims to build a space where the entire ecumenical movement can put its collective energies and resources together for lasting peace.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

Each year, EAPPI sends around 100 "ecumenical accompaniers" (EAs) from different countries to vulnerable communities in Palestine, where their task is to protect and show solidarity with those communities, and advocate on their behalf. EAs also accompany the Israeli peace movement in their activities.

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

This project develops and shares with theological educators and institutions curricula designed to prepare church leaders and pastors to engage ecumenically and theologically with difficult social issues like HIV/AIDS or disability.

Towards just and inclusive communities

Towards just and inclusive communities

As an expression of its commitment to justice, human dignity and liberation the WCC, since its inception, has been a reliable partner of discriminated and excluded people - racial and ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits and others - in their struggles. This is a theological activity with people who are exposed to racism, indigenous peoples, migrants, Dalits and people with disabilities.

Internship programme

Internship programme

Interns work in a WCC programme for a one-year period. During this time, they gain work experience in an ecumenical field and are given the tools to take this back to the local level.

Health and healing

Health and healing

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

Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)

Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)

This project reinforces the capacity of African churches to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, provide care and counselling, eliminate stigma and discrimination.

Current Dialogue Magazine

Current Dialogue Magazine

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.

Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

This project attempts to strengthen inter-religious trust and respect through bilateral and multilateral dialogues, regional and cross-cultural encounters on topics like religion and violence, perceptions of

Spirituality and worship in ecumenical context

Spirituality and worship in ecumenical context

This project encourages churches to explore traditional and newer dimensions of ecumenical spiritual life, continue work on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and collect resources for worship and healing in community.

Solidarity with Dalits for justice and dignity

Solidarity with Dalits for justice and dignity

Supporting the Dalit struggle in India by assisting its internal organization and development.

Nuclear arms control

Advocating at various levels of national and international governance for nuclear disarmament

Christian self-understanding amid many religions

This project engages member and non-member churches and Christian communities in reflection on what it means to be a Christian in a world of many religions, and on conversion as an issue in inter-religious relations.

Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement

Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement

This body enables young people to develop their visions of the ecumenical movement.