Photo: Joanna Linden-Montes/WCC

Photo: Joanna Linden-Montes/WCC

On 16 February 2018, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites media to a public lecture by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, hosted at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva at 16.00-17.00.

The lecture will explore the new dimensions of ecumenism, including ‘the ecumenism of action’ and is a part of the official visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the celebrations of the 70th anniversary year of the WCC.

Where: Visser ’t Hooft Hall and Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre; 150 Route de Ferney; 1218 Le Grand Saconnex

Date: Friday 16 February 2018


  • 15:15-15:45: Service of prayer – a brief homily will be delivered by the Archbishop
  • 16:00-17:00: Public Lecture - Ecumenical Spring: from Negotiated Frontiers to Open Borders
  • 17:00-17:30: Reception

The lecture will be livestreamed, at

Media contacts:
Please contact WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten; e-mail:, mobile phone: +41 79 507 63 63

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. This event is part of a series of anniversary celebrations taking place in various locations throughout the year.