Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi and Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay

“It was really great to meet formally with Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi since his appointment as general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), an organisation which I once served as president from 2010 to 2017,” said Pillay. “It was good to catch up on the developments of the WCRC and their continued work as they move towards their next General Council in October 2025.”

Pillay described the “sustained collaboration” between the WCRC and the WCC over many years in programmes on justice, unity, theology, and mission. “Most of our discussions in our meeting revolved around further collaboration in the areas of communication and preparations towards the WCRC General Council,” said Pillay. “The WCC is always keen to assist other ecumenical organisations and communions in ways where and when possible. We look forward to our continued work with the WCRC and pray with them for a successful General Council.”

Nyomi has returned to the World Communion of Reformed Churches as its interim general secretary. He previously served as general secretary for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the WCRC from April 2000 through August 2014. 

“The World Communion of Reformed Churches and the WCC have a longstanding close relationship,” said Nyomi. “My meeting with WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay this morning affirms this relationship and what we can do together in the one ecumenical movement.”

Nyomi affirmed the collaboration in the areas of justice—especially economic and climate justice. “We appreciate ways in which the WCC has made a commitment to journey with us in strengthening our communications as well as in our preparations towards our 27th General Council next year,” he said. “On our part, the WCRC will continue to journey with the WCC as it prepares to commemorate the 1,700th anniversary of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.”

Nyomi added: “In the ecumenical movement, we serve our churches best when we work together."