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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.

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. 

The initial mandate of the Commission, as provided by the WCC's 9th Assembly, includes exploring the coordination of programmes, the significance and implications of overlapping membership and the feasibility of a structure for WCC assemblies that would provide expanded space for Christian World Communions to meet, for the purpose of deliberation and/or overall agendas.

 

Structure

The creation of a Joint Consultative Commission between the WCC and Christian World Communions was recommended by the WCC's 9th Assembly, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2006. The global confessional families represented on the Commission include Anglicans, Disciples, Eastern Orthodox, Society of Friends (Quakers), Lutherans, Mennonites, Methodists, Oriental Orthodox, Reformed and Roman Catholic. 

The Commission met for the first time in Geneva in May 2007, under the leadership of its moderator, Bishop Nareg Alemezian, from the Armenian Apostolic Church (See of Cilicia) and of the present moderator of the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, Rev. Dr Robert K. Welsh, from the Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council.