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WCC staff plans year ahead

WCC staff plans year ahead

WCC staff and other ecumenical colleagues in the garden of Ecumenical center, Geneva. Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

12 April 2018

On 11-13 April, World Council of Churches (WCC) staff are gathering to develop a common work plan for the year ahead.

Staff Planning Days (SPDs) are a way to strengthen relationships, build trust and increase collaboration between and across teams.

The SPDs seek to strengthen WCC programmes' effectiveness and coherence. This year, the SPDs take on a special “mid-term perspective”, as this is the midpoint between WCC assemblies. In the three-day meeting, staff will seek to generate a common sense of achievement and motivation, as well as reflect on work achieved since 2014 and the work that they would like to achieve before the next WCC assembly in 2021.

The WCC team will also initiate planning for 2019, producing a draft outline of activities and calendar of events.

On 11 April, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invited the staff community to reflect on the achievement from Busan on the work of the pilgrimage of justice and peace, and the harvest from the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism and the “Arusha Call to Discipleship” as part of the living fellowship and the call to discipleship. He also reflected on the agenda of the upcoming WCC central committee meeting in June, the WCC 70th anniversary celebration throughout 2018, and the visit of Pope Francis, also in June.

Tveit said: “The churches are calling one another to unity and to service together, says the constitution of the WCC. This is a call we share today as a call from the God of life, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.”

He added: “We are reflecting how we are understanding one another as being brought together as pilgrims. Pilgrims are open for the new directions and the inspirations we can get from where we are.”

Tveit concluded in his remarks: “The world in which we live is in need of unity to be able to live together as one humanity. There are constantly attacks on the dignity of human beings, undermining their rights and their possibilities to hope for a better future together in this world. In our common home we should all have the right to hope, and to be united in a hope for a shared and common future for all. This requires peace in its many dimensions. “