Bedford-Strohm and his team met with the WCC Staff Leadership Group and with WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay for an orientation to the workings of the WCC with special focus on governance, programmatic work, communication and press activities.
Observing Thursdays in Black, the WCC campaign for a world free from rape and violence, the group also posed for a photo that was shared on social media.
As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity also opened on 18 January, the group took time to reflect on the theme, “Do good; seek justice,” and to participate in special prayers.
During an orientation on the WCC’s consensus process, WCC staff described, how, for the WCC, consensus means seeking a common mind about the wisest way forward while being open to fresh insights and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He also focused on how the WCC develops and distributes public statements that address the world’s concerns.
Bedford-Strohm also met with Bishop Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, presiding bishop for the Church of Norway and former WCC general secretary. in a special prayer, all those present thanked Tveit for his service in the ecumenical movement.