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The WCC and the ecumenical movement in the 21st century

This programme encourages relationships with and among its member churches, but also with churches which are not members, Christian world communions, conciliar bodies and other ecumenical agencies; it will support ecumenical initiatives at regional, national and local levels and, in general, seek to promote the coherence of the one ecumenical movement.

The visible unity of the church is the central goal of the ecumenical movement. And while "visible unity" can be understood in various ways, it necessarily involves relationships between churches.

Churches and other ecumenical partners pray, reflect, plan and act together. As a fellowship of some 350 Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Old Catholic, Protestant, independent and united churches, nurturing such relationships is a vital facet of the WCC's vocation to support the churches and the ecumenical movement in their efforts to reach visible unity.

Thus, this programme encourages relationships with and among its member churches, but also with churches which are not members, Christian world communions, conciliar bodies and other ecumenical agencies; it will support ecumenical initiatives at regional, national and local levels and, in general, seek to promote the coherence of the one ecumenical movement.

Projects and activities in this programmatic area include:

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