by Rev. Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita

The 9th WCC Assembly (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2006) adopted an ecclesiological text, Called to be the One Church, which constitutes an invitation to the churches “to renew their commitment to the search for unity and to deepen their dialogue”. The short introduction to this statement explains that its purpose is two-fold: “(a) to reflect what the churches, at this point on their ecumenical journey, can say together about some important aspects of the Church; and (b) to invite the churches into a renewed conversation - mutually supportive, yet open and searching - about the quality and degree of their fellowship and communion, and about the issues which still divide them”. In the first footnote of this statement it is acknowledged that the draft of this text has been elaborated by the Faith and Order Commission and submitted as draft to the Porto Alegre Assembly.