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70 years of the World Council of Churches

The 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches in 2018 is an opportunity to mark the achievements of the past 70 years in working for Christian unity and action, and to look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches responding to God’s call for unity, mission, justice and peace.

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A year has now passed since the World Council of Churches (WCC) received Pope Francis in Geneva, to celebrate together 70 years of ecumenical work since the WCC’s founding. Yet the impact of the historic day continues to be felt.

WCC sends 70th anniversary greetings to Church and Peace

WCC sends 70th anniversary greetings to Church and Peace

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent greetings to Church and Peace commemorating the organization’s 70th anniversary.

“Ecumenical Pilgrimage” - WCC publishes its Annual Review 2018

“Ecumenical Pilgrimage” - WCC publishes its Annual Review 2018

As of 25 April 2019, the WCC Annual Review 2018 is available for download online. The annual review records many of the WCC’s activities undertaken in 2018 and continuing into 2019.

Ecumenical exhibition from Germany shows peace achieved in a ‘different way’

Ecumenical exhibition from Germany shows peace achieved in a ‘different way’

A group of churches from Germany’s west inspired by the quest for justice and peace presented an ecumenical exhibition showing how “Peace takes a different way” at the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

#WCC70: Children in the Ecumenical Movement

#WCC70: Children in the Ecumenical Movement

Many ecumenical pioneers, including former WCC general secretary Philip Potter, were in a sense a product of the Sunday School movement. Ulrich Becker tells a story that seems to be in danger of being forgotten.

WCC reaffirms UN declaration on human rights

WCC reaffirms UN declaration on human rights

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Canadian churches celebrate WCC’s 70th anniversary

Canadian churches celebrate WCC’s 70th anniversary

The Atlantic School of Theology in Nova Scotia, Canada, celebrated the 70th anniversary of the WCC on 22 November at a chapel service. Also in Canada, the Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board members were pleased to hear from WCC representatives during their meeting in Ontario from 21-23 November.

Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos celebrates Silver Jubilee

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Younger theologians mark WCC 70th anniversary in The Ecumenical Review

Younger theologians mark WCC 70th anniversary in The Ecumenical Review

The latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches, contains a selection of articles received in response to a call for contributions by younger theologians and researchers to mark the WCC’s 70th anniversary.

#WCC70: Canadian Quakers and the birth of the WCC

#WCC70: Canadian Quakers and the birth of the WCC

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