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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.

Prayers for peace at Imjingak during the WCC 10th Assembly. Oubunmi Adedoyin Badejo from Nigeria.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.

Today the WCC focuses its work in three programme areas: Unity, Mission, and Ecumenical Relations, Public Witness and Diakonia, and Ecumenical Formation.

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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Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The WCC and eco-justice

The WCC and eco-justice

The WCC work on eco-justice addresses the intrinsic connection between the ecological crises and socio-economic injustice.

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.

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.

Ecumenical perspectives on mission and unity

Ecumenical perspectives on mission and unity

This project brings the WCC's specific ecumenical perspective and experience to international dialogue and debate on mission and evangelism in the 21st century.

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.

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 "healing of memories".

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.

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

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.

Ecumenical continuing formation

Ecumenical continuing formation

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 Ecumenical Institute Bossey or at the regional level in various parts of the world.

JWG with the Roman Catholic Church

JWG with the Roman Catholic Church

Among those churches which are not members of the WCC, the most notable is the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Since 1965 a Joint Working Group, co-sponsored by the WCC and the RCC, has met regularly to discuss issues of common interest and promote cooperation.

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.

WCC Library and Archives

WCC Library and Archives

The WCC Library and Archives form the institutional and historical memory of the World Council of Churches and the modern ecumenical movement. They ensure for future generations a long-term access to this unique and invaluable documentary resource and ecumenical heritage, while furthering ecumenical research and education locally and globally.

The Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva, Switzerland, provides a space for reflection and study to students from around the world. Each student leaves prepared to return to his or her home communities and churches renewed and transformed through learning, encounter and personal exchanges at Bossey. By cooperating and working closely with churches, the institute is a foundational piece in the strengthening of the WCC fellowship and the ecumenical movement.