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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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Cross from El Salvador that is Christian sign of unity is dedicated at Ecumenical Centre

Cross from El Salvador that is Christian sign of unity is dedicated at Ecumenical Centre

A Salvadoran Cross that is a now an icon of Christian unity was dedicated and placed in the World Council of Churches’ Chapel in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

#WCC70: Dr Agnes Abuom: “I dream of a world where every man and woman’s dignity will be upheld”

#WCC70: Dr Agnes Abuom: “I dream of a world where every man and woman’s dignity will be upheld”

It’s 70 years since the World Council of Churches was founded in Amsterdam on 23 August. In addition to a commemoration service in Amsterdam on 23 August, the WCC, its member churches and partners are planning a variety of events to move forward on our ongoing Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and at the same time honour and learn from these 70 years of ecumenical endeavour. Dr Abuom, from the Anglican Church of Kenya, is the moderator of the WCC Central Committee. She is the first woman and the first African in the position in WCC’s history. In an interview, she reflects on the evolution of the WCC in the past 70 years.

For Faith and Order, theological reflection hinges on crucial issues of peace, unity

For Faith and Order, theological reflection hinges on crucial issues of peace, unity

After an historic meeting in South Africa in June 2017, study groups within the WCC Faith and Order Commission are using theological reflection as a tool to build unity between churches. The questions Faith and Order considers are not abstract issues but, in many contexts across the world, matters of life and death.

Westminster Abbey hosts service marking Reformation anniversary

Westminster Abbey hosts service marking Reformation anniversary

An ecumenical service described as “A Service to Mark the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses and the Start of the Reformation” was held in Westminster Abbey, London, on 31 October.

Reformation commemoration a 'powerful symbol of hope’

Reformation commemoration a 'powerful symbol of hope’

Church and political leaders have marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation in Wittenberg, Germany where on 31 October 1517 he published his 95 Theses denouncing church abuses.

Consultation explores role of women in churches

Consultation explores role of women in churches

A consultation with the theme “Ecumenical Perspective on the Role of Women in the Churches” brought together 28 women and men to the Monastero di Bose in northern Italy from 3-7 October.

In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

As they gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 2-8 to prepare resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019, ecumenical partners reflected on the theme of “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue.”

Tveit: search for unity “an urgent need today”

Tveit: search for unity “an urgent need today”

The need for the ecumenical movement is an urgent one today, said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit as he spoke this week at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota (USA).

Pope Francis, WCC leadership meet in Rome

Pope Francis, WCC leadership meet in Rome

In an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom and WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit discussed how Christian unity is vital in bringing a true sense of justice to issues the world is facing today. The meeting also focused on how deepening relations in the one ecumenical movement.

Orthodox Church of Albania celebrates last 25 years with Archbishop Anastasios

Orthodox Church of Albania celebrates last 25 years with Archbishop Anastasios

The Orthodox Church of Albania, with a Festive Divine Liturgy on 2 August, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the election and appointment of Archbishop Anastasios as the head of the church.