In this fresh and enlightening historical sketch, Donald Norwood traces the history of the World Council of Churches from its roots in pre-World War I Europe through the story of its ten successive assemblies. Each assembly, he tells us, has visited and engaged a specific regional context while also addressing the evolving concerns of world Christianity in a rapidly changing ecclesial and geopolitical landscape.
As a worldwide fellowship of churches embracing 560 million Christians, the World Council of Churches has transformed itself several times in its quest for a deeper unity among Christians, and justice and peace for humanity. Published in the Council’s 70th anniversary year, this is a timely reminder of WCC’s rich history and its significance for member churches and the broader world in the 21st century.
From reviews by two former WCC deputy general secretaries:
“I welcome this publication and commend it to all who wish to savour what the WCC is about. It is most inspiring and will keep you going daily to the WCC website so you can prayerfully stay in the pilgrimage of the WCC.” –Mercy Oduyoye, Ghanaian Methodist theologian
“This is a lively, captivating and informative story for people connected to global ecumenism but who do not yet know much about the WCC. A real asset and a great gift at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WCC.” –Georges Lemopoulos, Greek Orthodox lay leader
Donald W. Norwood is a United Reformed Church minister engaged in ecumenical research in Oxford, England. A long-time participant in ecumenical affairs, his most recent work is Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II.