As WCC general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Jerry Pillay writes in the WCC 2022 Annual Review, “As we address the current global challenges, we realize the importance for Christian unity and vision to foster justice and peace to make the world a better place for all creation.”
A special section in the WCC Annual Review 2022 includes images and highlights from the assembly.
Another special publication is the assembly report, entitled “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” and named for the theme of the assembly.
The report—one element of a wider collection of resources that offers a flavour of what took place at the assembly—includes an overview of the assembly, the message and unity statement, and various reflections. It also offers an overview of the spiritual life of the assembly, and reports of the work since the WCC 10th Assembly.
Additional sections of the publication include descriptions of the work of assembly committees; statements and minutes; messages from pre-assemblies; and greetings to the assembly.
In addition, the “Report on the Ecumenical Conversations” that occurred during the assembly offers a collection of all the reports of 23 Ecumenical Conversations addressing different issues pertinent to the unity of churches and their common witness and service to the world.
It presents the deliberations and the ensuing affirmations and challenges that the participants saw as imperatives for the work of the WCC and the wider ecumenical movement in the 2023-2030 strategic period until the WCC 12th Assembly takes place.
The report from each conversation contains an abstract, short notes on the proceedings, and a list of key affirmations and challenges to guide the fellowship in reflecting and acting on the issues identified.
In the preface, Pillay writes that the Ecumenical Conversations created an opportunity for collective reflection. “This compilation puts a resource into our hands that will continue the ecumenical conversation as churches and their interfaith partners move together on the Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity in a fragmented world,” he writes.
For a look back at assembly history, check out a collection of videos on all WCC assemblies. Through a series of short narrated videos, viewers can share the spirit of each assembly and the world context into which it unfurled.
The narration begins with the WCC 1st Assembly in Amsterdam in 1948, explaining: “In 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War, the world was devastated…”
The videos then move through each assembly, noting historical facts, the assembly theme, and the evolution of the ecumenical movement.
A window of access
To access these resources and more, visit the webpage of the WCC 11th Assembly. A central hub during the assembly, it now has been redesigned to focus on the needs of the WCC worldwide fellowship when looking back at the assembly in Germany, and enabling easy access to the various resources produced at the assembly.
The assembly page, available in English, German, French, and Spanish, now features collections of assembly statements, speeches, news, publications, Bible studies, photos, and videos along with other resources related to the assembly.