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Recent WCC publications

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.

The Greed Line: Tool for a Just Economy

When the richest 85 individuals in the world own as much as the poorest 3 billion people, one must ask about equity and social justice.

The Living God and the Fullness of Life

“Moltmann’s The Living God and the Fullness of Life reflects the beauty and joy of the mystery of life given, sustained, and loved by God as a brilliant cut gem glitters in the light of the sun. As the many facets of the brilliance let the light shine in many beams, the different chapters of the book offer glimpses of the fullness of life in the presence of the triune God.”—Martin Robra, World Council of Churches

Who Do We Say That We Are? Christian Identity in a Multi-Religious World

Perhaps more than ever, in our globalized context we meet persons of other faiths and religious traditions. When empathetic, such meetings can be revealing about their lives and commitments. Yet how do they change our own identity and illuminate our own faith?

Dignity, Freedom and Grace: Christian Perspectives on HIV, AIDS, and Human Rights

Bringing together people living with, working with, researching, or personally affected by HIV or AIDS, this volume developed by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) and its global partners draws directly from on-the-ground experiences elicited from frontline actors in the churches and agencies. Their insights and reflections are always lively, sometimes uncomfortable, and often deeply moving.

Never Bow to Racism

A first-person account— “We owe a great deal to Baldwin Sjollema’s dedication and unswerving opposition to injustice. His life story recalls the heroisms and tragedies that accompanied that work of solidarity and social change. I invite readers to hear his story and to share his deep commitment never to bow to racism.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Ecumenical Quest

Keith Clements Bonhoeffer’s story—and its import for today “ No one has a better grasp of Bonhoeffer’s legacy and knowledge of the ecumenical movement than Keith Clements. This is a publishing milestone for those interested in both.” —John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town

Reformation

Legacy and Future A Jubilee Volume— The approaching 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation occasions this feast of historical, theological and even pastoral insights.

Peace in Christian Thought and Life

Through insightful introductions and judicious editing of 60 selections, Christopher Dorn’s Peace in Christian Thought and Life captures the great sweep and wide divergences in the two-millennium argument of Christians among themselves over peace, war, violence, and the imperatives of the gospel.

Christ & Capital

The debate about justice and equity in global economic arrangements has preoccupied ecumenical Christianity for a century. It has been given new impetus and urgency by the global financial crisis, by widening disparities of income and wealth, and by a looming climate crisis fuelled by ever expanding consumer-driven economies.

Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes

An excellent tool for Christians everywhere to think freshly about Christian mission, "Together towards Life" presents the new ecumenical mission affirmation, the first in a generation, in full, along with a complete guide and a host of other study materials.