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

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WCC hails Wittenberg declaration aiming to overcome Reformation divisions

WCC hails Wittenberg declaration aiming to overcome Reformation divisions

The World Council of Churches has welcomed the signing of two ecumenical statements by the World Communion of Reformed Churches in which it seeks to overcome divisions of the past and to work with other Christian communions for unity and common witness.

The WCC holds first meeting with Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa for 57 years

The WCC holds first meeting with Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa for 57 years

For the World Council of Churches Comission on Faith and Order, meeting in South Africa this year holds special significance. In 1960 a WCC meeting with member churches in the country was followed by a parting of ways with one of those churches for more than half a century, over the question of apartheid.

WCC Commission on Faith and Order opens meeting in Pretoria by honouring youth

WCC Commission on Faith and Order opens meeting in Pretoria by honouring youth

The World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order will begin an 8-day meeting this week in Pretoria, South Africa, dedicating an opening ceremony to youth, reflecting on their struggles with past injustices and noting their key role in opening gateways to the future.

WCC sees signing of  agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

WCC sees signing of agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have taken a significant ecumenical step by signing a common declaration that Roman Catholics and Copts may recognize each other’s baptisms. The agreement is, in the eyes of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a “sign of hope”.

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, delivered a public address at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 24 April as part of his official visit to Switzerland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch and the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy.

Jürgen Moltmann receives honorary doctorate from Pretoria University

Jürgen Moltmann receives honorary doctorate from Pretoria University

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit joined others in congratulating Prof. Jürgen Moltmann for receiving an honorary doctorate of divinity degree on 5 April from the Theological Faculty of Pretoria University, South Africa.

First of monthly Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Bible studies now online

First of monthly Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Bible studies now online

The first of a series of 12 monthly Bible studies inspired by themes related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is now available online on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Faith and Order programme executive to explore new ways of being the church

Faith and Order programme executive to explore new ways of being the church

Before accepting the position of programme executive for the WCC Faith and Order Commission, Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi was involved with the WCC in several different ways.

WCC pays tribute to Günther Gassmann

WCC pays tribute to Günther Gassmann

"Günther Gassmann's life and work reflect the ecumenical ideals of theological reflection based deeply in careful historical understanding of the Christian tradition, combined with sincere and open-minded work to address and overcome the historic divisions within the church”, wrote the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, upon the passing of Prof. Dr Günther Gassmann, on 11 January.

Unity prayers to recall Reformation, celebrate reconciliation

Unity prayers to recall Reformation, celebrate reconciliation

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated worldwide from 18-25 January, will be hosted this year by the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK). As 2017 marks the commemoration of the Reformation, the week of prayer will reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and the current spirit of reconciliation in Christ.