Three assembly mandates will be explored in the form of questions.
What did we hear from the pre-assemblies? Staff will consider the messages from four pre-assemblies for women and men, youth, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities.
What did we hear from the assembly committees? Specifically, staff will focus on decisions of the assembly expressed in the reports of the policy reference, programme guidelines, public issues, nominations committee and finance committees.
What did we hear from the Ecumenical Conversations? These sustained, in-depth dialogues focused on 23 critical issues that affect the unity, mission, and witness of the churches today – issues that require a common response by the churches together. Staff will discuss the results as a guide to future ecumenical cooperation.
Staff will attend morning prayers as well as workshops, plenary discussions, and closing worship, all of which will be offered as hybrid events. They will also be observing Thursdays in Black, wearing black on 6 October to voice their support for a world free from rape and violence.
Those gathered will also be reflecting on highlights, innovations, and insights from the assembly. Together, they will begin to map the next 8-year cycle of programmatic work.
The year ahead can be seen as “bridge year,” during which the strategic direction and programmatic response to the assembly mandate will be developed for approval by the central committee in June 2023. This includes the formation of new commissions, working groups, and reference groups.
Staff will also discuss moving to the new Kyoto workspace in 2024, and the preparations during 2023 that will enable them to fully appreciate the features of their new offices within the Green Village.