Staff are also engaging people on the way to the assembly through collaborative pre-assemblies with youth, women and men, Indigenous Peoples and the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network.
At the start of the Staff Planning Days on 16 March, WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, reflected on the WCC’s resilience in convening churches and partners to make a difference in the world. Sauca looked with hope for the reunion of the fellowship in Karlsruhe and beyond, as the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that began at the last assembly in 2013 continues.
The 11th Assembly will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany in September 2022. Home groups, a new feature in WCC assemblies, will provide space for delegates to reflect together each day in small groups on the theme of the assembly, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”. Brunnen, which is German for “the well” will be a space of encounter at the assembly featuring workshops, networking zones, exhibitions and cultural activities.
Staff Planning Days strengthen collaboration and a common spirit of working, walking and praying together. This year, staff will build capacity for online work and events by sharing best practices and experience. The input will be harnessed for planning the online central committee meeting 23-29 June.
The meetings this week will produce programme plans for 2022 and contribute to shaping the future strategic direction of the WCC. The staff are joined by masters’ students from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and colleagues from the Karlsruhe Local Assembly Office.