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The assembly, as supreme legislative body of the WCC has the mandate to review programmes, issue public statements and determine the overall policies of the WCC. It also has the mandate to elect presidents and a central committee of 150 members to oversee the council’s work until the next assembly.
Practical Information

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC, 2018.

The assembly, as supreme legislative body of the WCC has the mandate to review programmes, issue public statements and determine the overall policies of the WCC. It also has the mandate to elect presidents and a central committee of 150 members to oversee the council’s work until the next assembly.

How to participate in a WCC Assembly

Delegate(s) and Advisors from Member Churches:
Invitation to Member Churches have been sent in 2019. Member Churches are invited to nominate their delegation and to submit it to the central committee.

Delegated Representatives from Associated Organisation:
Ecumenical partners recognized by the central committee are invited to nominate delegated representatives. This includes as Associate or National Council of Churches, Specialised Ministries, Christian World Communions, Regional Ecumenical Organizations and International Ecumenical Organizations.

Delegated Observers from churches that are not members of the WCC:
Churches that are not members of the WCC are also invited to join the assembly. This includes a delegation from the Roman Catholic Church, Pentecostal churches with whom the WCC is in dialogue and applicant member churches.

Observers and guests from churches, partners and other faiths:
Many churches and partners send observers to the assembly. The interfaith partners of the WCC also attend the assembly as observers.

Stewards:
Stewards are young people between 18 and 30 years old who join the assembly to help run the meeting and experience ecumenical formation. If you are between the age 18-30 years old and interested into participating in the WCC stewards’ programme, registration will open in September 2021 until February 2022

Assembly participants:
Everyone is welcome and interested participants from member churches, ecumenical networks and partner organizations are also welcome to participate to the 11th WCC assembly. Further guidelines and registration for this category will open in September 2021.

Regional participants from Europe:
The local office of the assembly, Karlsruhe Local Office (KALO) will be organizing a regional ecumenical encounter programme targeted specifically for local and regional participants. This programme will be running in parallel to the assembly. More information on how to register to this programme is available through the local office website.

Day participants:
If you are interested in experiencing one day at the assembly, more information will be made available closer to the assembly.

Media:
If you are a media/press interested in covering and attending the event, registration will open on September 2021. Click here to see the WCC 11th Assembly media kit.

Karlsruhe Local Office (KALO)

A local office was opened in Karlsruhe to prepare for the general assembly: Karlsruhe Local Office (KALO). The office works closely with the WCC, ensures good cooperation with the churches in the region and local partners on site. KALO coordinates the various events on the way to the assembly and a programme of the hosting churches during the days in Karlsruhe, e.g. an ecumenical encounter programme and excursions in the region at the weekend of the assembly.

The office is supported by the Evangelical Church in Germany, the Evangelical Church in Baden and the Archdiocese of Freiburg. The staff is formed by three theologians (two Protestant and one Roman Catholic), one event manager and one assistant responsible to take care of all questions relating to the assembly and strengthen relationships with the churches in the region and the numerous institutions that will be involved in the assembly.

The office also works with numerous volunteers who are involved in the preparation and implementation of the assembly at various levels.

In addition to the content and logistical planning for the program contributions of the host churches, KALO takes care of the ecofriendly assembly in cooperation with the WCC, organizes the transport of the participants and works with the various security authorities. KALO also endeavors to involve as many churches in the region as possible in the preparations. Interested parties can contact KALO with any questions about the assembly.

Learn more about KALO at Ekiba.de

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