Group of laypeople and pastors posing for a group photo with various banners in the background.

Sauca met with Church of Norway leaders including presiding bishop Most Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit; Rev. Elise Sandnes, general secretary of the Bishops Council; and Berit Hagen-Agöy, director of International Affairs.

I am grateful for the hospitality and inspiration we have so warmly received from the Church of Norway leadership and staff,” said Sauca. As we prepare for the WCC assembly, we are already witnessing the theme Christs love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.’”

Sauca said the WCCs sense of hope has been buoyed by the special support from the Church of Norway and other WCC member churches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I deeply appreciate the dedication and accompaniment of the Church of Norway and the solidarity expressed as we walk through the worlds challenges together,” he said.

Tveit said that he and other leaders from the Church of Norway were happy to inform the visitors from the WCC that the Church of Norway General Synod affirmed in a decision on 12 November its commitment to the global ecumenical movement and its involvement and financial support to the WCC.

I am impressed by how the WCC leadership and staff have been able to address the multiple challenges to their work and the need for a shift  of methodologies in the time of the pandemic,” said Tveit. The world and the churches are, even more than before, in need of global solidarity and mutual accountability to one another, and the values that can unite a suffering and divided world.”

The theme of the WCC 11th Assembly has become a prophetic message of our time, added Tveit. The world needs the steadfast love of Christ,” he said. The churches need the fellowship of one another to convey this love in word and acts.”

Discussions centered around the role of the churches and the WCC in the midst of the pandemic, the work of the WCC and future governance—particularly amid the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the climate emergency—and assembly preparations, with special reflections on the assembly theme.

Sauca, accompanied by WCC director of Communication Marianne Ejdersten, gave an update on preparations for the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2022.

Ejdersten led a special session with the Church of Norway communications team and the need for support of assembly communication. The Church of Norway has agreed to support the communications team in Karlsruhe.

WCC executive committee lights the way for WCC 11th Assembly (WCC press release of 26 November 2021)

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