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Front cover of the WCC Annual Review 2021.

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The publication reminds us that, as we look around us at cruel wars in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world, taking thousands of innocent lives, and at increased militarization, political divisions and economic turmoil, it is important to remember that, ultimately, the God of life prevails.

It is important that we stand together as a WCC fellowship on a foundation of hope built by reconciliation and peace-building,” writes acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca in the foreword. Strengthened by such faith and hope, we should not be afraid, we should not despair when we see what happens in our world today but confront it with courage.”

The annual review also shows the importance of standing together as a WCC fellowship on a foundation of hope built by reconciliation and peace-building.

Before the conflict in Ukraine escalated, during 2021, the World Council of Churches fellowship drew together in prayer in unprecedented way,” writes Sauca. Amid this sadness—perhaps even from this sadness— has grown a new commitment for active compassion for each other.”

WCC Annual Review 2021