This anniversary will be a stepping stone toward the future, representing an an opportunity to share what the WCC offers spiritually as an organization for future generations.
Following the powerful experience of the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022, the anniversary commemorations will harvest this momentum.
The anniversary commemoration also aims to inspire younger generations to become involved in the ecumenical movement; to raise awareness of current challenges and key examples of past activities that speak to the present challenges; and to inspire member churches and the wider fellowship to share their perspective about the ecumenical journey.
As the WCC’s activities become visible to member churches, partners, and the wider public, the 75th anniversary will ultimately raise the profile of the WCC.
The WCC will ensure member churches are kept informed about the 75th anniversary—through accessible and diverse material online—so that they can find inspiring ways to join the celebration.
The 2023 meeting of the WCC central committee in June will mark the moment to spark the 75th anniversary celebrations.
Who will celebrate? From WCC member churches and partners; to church, ecumenical, and interfaith youth groups; to church and secular media, all are invited to journey together for this full and deep expression of unity.
In the larger picture, the 75th anniversary commemoration will help the world see the WCC as a platform that brings Christians together even in very difficult times, helping Christians in different situations to see the world from the perspective of others, to show compassion for one another, and to build trust as a vital part of the ecumenical journey.
WCC member churches worldwide will draw inspiration for strengthening the fellowship, spiritual life, youth engagement, interreligious dialogue and cooperation, promoting care for God’s creation, wellness and wellbeing, combatting racism, and building a just community of women and men.