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Recent WCC publications

Translating the Word, Transforming the World: An Ecumenical Reader

Translating the Word, Transforming the World is a stellar collection of nearly 30 of the most important, orienting documents of contemporary ecumenical and missiological reflection. Composed and compiled to serve as a textbook for the meeting of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, held in Arusha, Tanzania, in conjunction with the world conference of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism in March 2018, the volume nurtures ecumenical theological formation with a contextual sensitivity yet a truly global focus.

The Challenge of Transformation: An Ecumenical Journey

In this book covering the time from when he joined the World Council of Churches in 1969 as a young theologian from Germany to his period as WCC general secretary from 1993 to 2003, Konrad Raiser presents a first-person account of the ecumenical movement from the decisive turning point at the WCC’s Uppsala assembly in 1968 through to the challenges it faces today.

The International Review of Mission

For more than 100 years the International Review of Mission has been the leading academic journal with contributions by outstanding missiologists from all over the world and from various Christian backgrounds.

Divine Hospitality: A Christian-Muslim Conversation

In face of unprecedented awareness of religious diversity, as well as the dangers of conflict, interreligious dialogue has become vital. Yet, these authors maintain, it is the commitment to think together about religious faith and our inherited traditions that genuinely moves mutual understanding to new levels.

I Belong: Biblical Reflections on Statelessness

The biblical record challenges all of us to see for the first time those among us who are have no legal identity—the ultimate marginalization.

A Communion in Faith and Love: Elisabeth Behr-Sigel’s Ecclesiology

Learning from a master: The work of Orthodox theologian and ecumenical pioneer Elisabeth Behr-Sigel still has radical implications for how we understand being church.

Growth in Agreement IV: International Dialogue Texts and Agreed Statements, 2004 – 2014, Volumes 1 and 2

A gift to the ongoing work of reconciliation among Christians— The textual fruits of ecumenical dialogue over the last decade are presented here in complete documents. The vast yield is here collected in two volumes, incorporating bilateral and multilateral dialogues of the churches across the Christian confessions—Orthodox, Catholic, and Reformation traditions—and evinces not only agreements and disagreements but also the new insights that dialogue itself reveals.

Sharing Good News: Handbook on Evangelism in Europe

A tool for renewal, Sharing Good News is a comprehensive and timely contribution to the field of evangelism that takes full measure of the distinct challenges and opportunities that face Christians in contemporary Europe.

Food and Finance: Toward Life-Enhancing Agriculture

The growing effects of global finance—both financial and philanthropic—on the sustainability of agriculture are explored in the new World Council of Churches publication “Food and Finance: Toward Life-Enhancing Agriculture,” developed together with "Bread for all" and edited by Athena Peralta.

Hosanna! Ecumenical Songs for Justice and Peace

Perhaps the greatest treasure of the ecumenical movement lies in its gatherings of songs, prayers, and other liturgical resources from around the Christian world. Now, adding to this wealth, come these 70 songs from composers around the world. Inspired by the WCC’s 10th Assembly, these songs of praise, adoration, struggle, mission, faith and hope constitute a deep resource for the pilgrimage of justice and peace. They are here published in English, French, Spanish, and German, with other languages, introduced by Andrew Donaldson, and augmented by recorded performances available on YouTube.

The Invisible among Us

“The Invisible among Us" seeks to engage us in the plight and prospects of persons with no nationality, a problem that especially affects women and children. Locally and internationally, churches and church people everywhere can help to lift up their humanity so they can take their rightful place in the human family.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Ecumenical Movement

An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (Second Edition) ''At this critical juncture, this book brings together 'texts and voices' that reveal both the profound legacy of the ecumenical movement and the spiritual, theological basis on which it can build to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.'' -- Editor Michael Kinnamon

Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice

Creating a climate for change— The greatest untapped natural resource for addressing the world’s most pressing problems is the energy of religiously committed people. This volume gathers the expertise of activists, theologians and faith-based organizations to inspire and encourage churches and church people everywhere in grassroots work and advocacy for climate justice.

Abundant Life: The Churches and Sexuality

The pastoral challenge, critically approached— Often perceived as conservative and rigid, the churches have sometimes been barriers to people’s claiming their sexuality. Yet, in their response to the crisis posed by AIDS and HIV, Christian churches have also often challenged harmful cultural practices and surmounted that stereotype. Focusing on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), especially in African settings, this volume seeks to identify and cultivate the positive, indeed liberating, role that the churches must play.

Many yet One? Multiple Religious Belonging

Exploring hybridity, embracing hospitality— While we tend to think of religions as distinct, univocal, even competing traditions, the phenomenon of multiple religious belonging is widespread, both historically and today. Alive to a variety of traditions and regions, this volume explores the reality of religious hybridity—whether because of cultural inheritance, family circumstances, or explicit choice— its confounding of traditional categories in theology and the study of religion, and its meaning for Christian theology. Even as it complexifies the idea of religious identity, the authors show, it enriches our understanding of ultimate reality and the whole range of practices by which humans relate to it.

A Light to the Nations. The Indian Presence in the Ecumenical Movement in the Twentieth Century

“This volume focuses, for the most part, on figures who have been known for their contributions to global ecumenism; but such global leadership is clearly rooted in their response to a context marked by religious plurality, caste oppression, endemic poverty, and the struggle to build a post-colonial nation…. I found the book compelling.”—Michael Kinnamon

The Truth We Owe Each Other

At the heart of the ecumenical fellowship stands a moral imperative, a kind of pledge by the churches to hold themselves and one another accountable in their faithfulness.

Passion and Compassion: The Ecumenical Journey with HIV

From despair to hope, Christian engagement with HIV has challenged stigma and discrimination - and also entailed genuine transformation in the church themselves.

The Story of Bossey : A Laboratory for Ecumenical Life

A short history of the premier institute for ecumenical studies, fully updated for Bossey’s 70th anniversary. Updated Edition.

Journey for Justice: The Story of Women in the WCC

Focused on pivotal leaders and key challenges over six decades of women’s participation in the WCC, this brief volume traces the evolving struggles and critical accomplishments of women toward realizing gender justice and “the community of women and men” in the ecumenical movement and beyond.