Building damaged by Russian bombs in Borodyanka village near Kyiv, Ukraine

One of many destroyed, damaged and burnt-out residential buildings in Borodyanka village near Kyiv, Ukraine after the Russia's war on Ukraine, escalated since February 2022.


In a public statement, the WCC governing body declared that war, with the killing and all the other miserable consequences it entails, is incompatible with Gods very nature and will for humanity and against our fundamental Christian and ecumenical principles.”

The statement further rejects any misuse of religious language and authority to justify armed aggression.”

The governing body reiterated the appeal of the global fellowship of churches represented in the WCC for an end to this tragic war, for an immediate ceasefire to halt the death and destruction, and for dialogue and negotiations to secure a sustainable peace.”

The statement further calls for a much greater investment by the international community in searching for and promoting peace, rather than in escalating confrontation and division” and affirms the mandate and special role of the World Council of Churches in accompanying its member churches in the region and as a platform and safe space for encounter and dialogue in order to address the many pressing issues for the world and for the ecumenical movement arising from this conflict, and the obligation of its members to seek unity and together serve the world, and therefore urges members of the ecumenical fellowship in Russia and Ukraine to make use of this platform.”

WCC Central Committee Statement on the War in Ukraine

WCC Central committee meeting, June 2022

The Statement on the Way of Just Peace, adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly (08 November 2013)