Pillay thanked the leaders from specialized ministries for contributing in substantive ways to the WCC strategic direction and plans, building on the assembly’s mandate to be on a Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity. Discussions at the roundtable will help prepare for the June 2023 WCC central committee meeting.
“It is this that gives us great joy: to be able to serve together on God’s mission in the world,” said Pillay. “I’m going to try briefly give you a bit of a picture of where we have come from and where we are now.”
He discussed how the concepts of justice, reconciliation, and peace will be borne out in the WCC’s prophetic role of address issues all over the world.
“Personally I believe that WCC can make great contributions in working with member churches, organizations, and partners like yourselves, and I believe we need to work in those spaces to change the world from what it is to what God want it to be,” said Pillay. “We really love to capture the things you think are important about what the WCC is doing for the next eight years.”
Pillay also underscored addressing climate change and involving youth as major priorities, and offered an update on the recent visit of a WCC delegation to Ukraine, as well as an upcoming visit to Moscow.
In June 2023, the WCC central committee will develop the strategic direction and programmatic responses to the assembly as a Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity. It will approve the WCC Strategic Plan 2023-2030, guiding the work of the WCC until the next WCC assembly in 2030.