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The term "WCC document" applies to texts of many different types and levels of institutional authority. Many hundreds of such texts are available on our websites.

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Association of Theological Instititions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA), Johannesburg 2011
Message of condolences on the death of Bishop Alberto Ramento
The World Council of Churches' Condemnation of Forced Evictions in
Congratulatory message to the President of South Africa
Letter to H.E. Kofi Annan
Statement on Arms Trade Treaty
Statement on Arms Trade Treaty on UN Conference on Arms Trade Treaty in New York, 2012
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement
The World Council of Churches welcomes the landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 23 February 2012, in which the EU Court ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.
EDAN constitution
Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network
Climate Change - Children’s challenge
The cost of inaction will place a great economic burden on future generations. Children will bear the higher costs of not taking action today. Published by UNICEF.
A Vellore Blessing
Contributed by Linnea Good, Christian singer-songwriter from Canada, for the WCC 70th anniversary. Written for an intercultural Christian exchange with the staff and students of the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, in 2015.
Statement on the Middle East
Statement on the Middle East
WCC Central Committee Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 15-26 August 1967 STATEMENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST The Central Committee upon the recommendation of Reference Committee II ADOPTED the following statement
Second report of the Joint Working Group
The aim of the present document is to set out briefly the concrete results of the exchanges that have already taken place, and to indicate a vision of the future in which the Joint Working Group foresees the need for constantly more dynamic relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.
First report of the Joint Working Group
After several preliminary meetings between representatives of the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity and of the World Council of Churches, the mandate for the Joint Working Group was presented to and adopted by the Central Committee at its meeting in Nigeria in January 1965. It was thereafter also officially accepted by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church. In working out this project, the Roman Catholic side was guided by the Decree on Ecumenism, promulgated at the end of the third session of the Vatican Council; while the representatives of the World Council of Churches based their approach on the main lines of several WCC documents that describe the nature and function of the World Council and on various statements made by the World Council on the contemporary ecumenical situation.
New Delhi Statement on Unity
This is the report of the Section on Unity at the WCC 3rd Assembly. Particularly in paragraph 2 -- probably the greatest run-on sentence in ecumenical history -- we have one of the seminal and enduring statements on the nature of "organic unity".
Toronto statement
The formation of the WCC, and the holding of its first assembly, did not answer a number of fundamental questions about the nature of the Council and its relationship to the member churches. That task was left to the WCC's central committee at its meeting in 1950, which adopted the "Toronto Statement".
Concerns of the churches - The Christian approach to the Jews
Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES: 3.· THE CHRISTIAN APPROACH TO THE JEWS
Concerns of the churches - The emergence of Israel as a state
Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES - THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL AS A STATE