“Churches and Moral Discernment: Facilitating Dialogue to Build Koinonia” Cover

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The study document Churches and Moral Discernment: Facilitating Dialogue to Build Koinonia,” harvests the fruits of the study process on moral discernment which began in 2015. In its analysis, the document describes patterns in the complex negotiations between continuity and change as churches respond to moral challenges. At its core, the study document invites the churches to more deeply understand the significance of the conscience of the church” in moral discernment processes and points to its ecumenical potential. The document offers a tool to analyse core elements in the conscience of the church that shape moral discernment.

Presenters will include:


  • Prof. Dr Myriam Wijlens, professor of Canon Law, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Erfurt (Germany)


  • Prof. Dr Rachel Muers, Leeds, professor of Theology at the University of Leeds (UK), Friends World Committee for Consultations (Quakers)
  • H.E. Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos (Church of Cyprus)
  • Prof. Dr David Kirchhoffer, professor of Moral Theology at Australian Catholic University; director, Queensland Bioethics Centre (Roman Catholic)


  • Prof. Dr Glenroy Lalor, professor of Systematic Theology at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica (Baptist) 
  • Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate, Anglican Church of Canada


Learn more and register to attend the third webinar of the moral discernment series, 15 June, 2 pm CET

Watch the first webinar of the series “Moral discernment – What can we learn from other traditions?”

Watch the second webinar of the moral discernment series "Change in moral teaching-Exploring continuity and discontinuity"

Learn more about the new WCC Faith and Order Commission series on ecclesiology starting 21 June and register to attend