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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nuclear arms control

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

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).

Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostals

The Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostals (JCG) was set up following a decision of the WCC Assembly in Harare 1998.

Solidarity with Dalits for justice and dignity

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

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.

Human rights

This project accompanies churches in critical situations in their efforts to defend human rights and dignity, overcome impunity, achieve accountability and build just and peaceful societies.

Stewards Programme

WCC stewards participate in leadership training and serve at WCC governing body meetings

JCC with Christian World Communions

The Joint Consultative Commission discusses and recommends ways to further strengthen the participation of Christian World Communions in the life and work of the WCC. It thus fosters greater coherence of the one ecumenical movement and helps to create a relationship of trust and partnership between conciliar and confessional ecumenical actors.

Ecumenical solidarity and regional relations

This project supports practical actions of solidarity in response to emerging priorities and expressed needs, with a particular focus on work for justice and diakonia. It particularly nurtures and strengthens relations with the WCC constituency in the respective regions.