29 August 2022, Karlsruhe, Germany: Participants in the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network pre-assembly held on the eve of the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe.

The WCC Assembly takes place August 31 to September 8 under the theme "Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity."

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC


Established in 1999 after the WCC 8th Assembly in Harare, the networks mission has been to pursue the place of persons with disabilities in a just society which the WCC seeks in its worldwide vision. 

The anniversary celebrations, under the theme Making a Way,” will reflect on the achievements and challenges in the past two-and-a-half decades, aiming to further disability inclusion through faith, justice, advocacy, and belonging. 

The celebrations will be launched during the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, convening 5-11 July.

The commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network will run from 8 July  through 3 December, and will include a webinar for  youth with disabilities in July to strengthen the network of advocates for future work on disability inclusion in churches. This will be followed by a hybrid event coinciding with the Summit for the Future on 20-21 September in New York with the aim of sustaining the conversation on disability inclusion within the church and society. 

A network consultation will be held in October in Indonesia followed by a webinar on 3 December to reflect on the past work and shape the future.

Learn more about the work of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN)

WCC general secretary to Commission on World Mission and Evangelism: “you are shapers of the next phase of Christian mission” (WCC news release, 6 July 2024)