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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.

Prayers for peace at Imjingak during the WCC 10th Assembly. Oubunmi Adedoyin Badejo from Nigeria.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 three programme areas: Unity, Mission, and Ecumenical Relations, Public Witness and Diakonia, and Ecumenical Formation.

 

Projects and activities include:

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Ecumenical theological education (ETE)

Through ecumenical theological education, continuing education and formation in all regions, basic tools and skills are refined so that the churches may grow closer. The WCC and its partners help create networks of ecumenical theological institutions around the world. The ETE activities create opportunities for developing ecumenically-oriented leadership within churches and make certain that church leaders have easy access to basic theological education.

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.

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".

Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

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 "the other", and the search for identity in pluralistic societies.

Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

The CWME offers spaces for sharing reflections, experiences, questions and discoveries on content and methods of Christian witness today.

Commission on Faith and Order

Commission on Faith and Order

The Faith and Order Commission promotes visible unity of Christians by dealing with theological questions that divide churches.

Nuclear arms control

Nuclear arms control

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

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.

Poverty, wealth and ecology

Poverty, wealth and ecology

This project brings churches and partners together to reflect on the connections between poverty, wealth and ecology; act against economic injustice; address just trade, ecological debt, decent work; and pursue work on "Alternative globalization addressing people and earth (AGAPE).

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

This project supports the educational ministry of churches and the ecumenical movement by identifying their training/education needs, and providing individual and group non-theological scholarships at their request.

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.

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.