“The 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, was indeed a spectacular and memorable celebration,” he said. “It was so fantastic to see over 4,000 people come together to pray, share the joy of fellowship, work, and deliberate together on various matters.”
He reflected on why the assembly invited the churches to continue their journey together as a Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity.
“In strengthening the fellowship, we need to continue to encourage the involvement and commitment of member churches in the life, work, and witness of the WCC,” he said. “The fellowship is strengthened when we realize the calling, gifts, and ministry of all of God’s people and not just selected groups of people.”
He also reflected on the WCC’s call to strengthen unity. “The fellowship is strengthened by deeper and coordinated collaborations with Christian communions that are part of the fellowship,” he said. “The inclusion of young people in the life and work of the fellowship is essential for the sustainability of the ecumenical vision and movement.”
The ecumenical fellowship is also strengthened by collaborations with other religions, Pillay noted.
“In concluding, my report has attempted to focus on setting the scene for the new Strategic Plan, provide some details of future directions with programmatic work, and share what we have done in the past six months especially in the programme areas,” he said. “Hopefully, all of these have given an indication of where we are going as the WCC into the future.”
He concluded with a vision statement from his election speech as WCC general secretary. “I envision a united, flourishing, sustainable, contextually, and globally relevant WCC, praying, worshiping, witnessing, and working together to impact and transform the world with Christ’s love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and unity, participating in God’s reign on earth and the fullness of life for all creation.”