Nelson Mandela stands next to Pauline Webb at a conference podium.

The CCIA has been instrumental in the WCC’s work over the years in contributing to churches’ advocacy on historic issues such as, for example, the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Here, President Nelson Mandela with Dr. Pauline Webb appearing at the 8th WCC Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1998.



The new United Nations, founded in 1945, bore the hallmarks of the aspirations of the fellowship of churches that it should become an instrument of the world's peoples, not only of the worlds powers” reads the statement. "CCIA was created to serve as an organ in formulating the Christian mind on world issues and bringing that mind effectively to bear upon such issues, particularly in relationship with the United Nations and the new post-war system of international governance.”

The WCC executive committee celebrated the CCIA, its history and its vital importance currently. "During this present time of convergent global crises and diminished commitment to multilateral cooperation in facing them, this ministry of Christian faith-based witness and action has never been more critically needed,” the statement reads.

Meeting room showing people sitting at tables and computer screens with videoconferencing software.

CCIA work ongoing, here at the commission’s 58th meeting, in hybrid format from Johannesburg, South Africa, 2021.


The WCC executive committee is meeting—in-person for the first time in two years—from 12-17 November at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

Read full text: Minute on CCIA 75th anniversary

WCC executive committee member shares reflection on “how are we called to act in love and justice?” (WCC press release of 15 November 2021)

WCC executive committee “reimagining the future” with a sense of hope (WCC press release of 12 November 2021)

WCC executive committee to hold first in-person meeting in two years (WCC press release of 12 November 2021)